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Donald And Boris Sitting In A Tree…

30 July 2019 @ 16:38

Yesterday at SteynOnline, Mark Steyn published a column giving us a very penetrating insight as to who and what newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson is.

This is important to understand because Britain is, along with Israel, our closest Ally.

As one reads the post, one smells more than a few whiffs of our Trumpicus Maximus Pompey.  I wrote about the similarities between the two back in June before the PM Election.  Unlike back then, I wasn’t able to see Boris in action as First Minister so as to be able to compare him directly with our President.

Some highlights from Mark’s insights into Boris Catiline Joculator…

-WHIFF #1:

…So, unlike most media or entertainment figures who progress into politics, Boris has not abandoned his old self — for the very good reason that it’s a hit persona: The great-grandchild of Jews, Muslims and a distant cousin of the Queen, he invented himself in his teens as what his Oxford chum (and another old editor of mine) Toby Young calls a Wodehousian buffer – one might say a Drones Club character, were it not for the fact that he is not, as it happens, terribly clubbable.  [BB: If the reference doesn’t mean anything to you, click here for a backgrounder]

It was a canny choice of shtick: It duped the left and half of the right into dismissing him as a buffoon. And, even more cleverly, chuntering his way around the country as a toff with a massive thesaurus gave him, somewhat counter-intuitively, the common touch….

Trumpicus has never abandoned his past [see: WWE].


This is the genius of the act: He’s Bertie Wooster with Jeeves’ brain. Out on the street, he’s everybody’s friend; among his actual alleged friends, he’s utterly ruthless: Within twenty-four hours of entering 10 Downing Street, he’d pulled off the bloodiest cabinet reshuffle of “modern times”, as the papers say — although actually I can’t think of a bloodier one even from non-modern times. (Only four members of the May regime were retained: Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Baroness Evans and Matt Hancock.)

Boris has moved a lot quicker, but, then again, he has the Power to.  Our Pompey likes to let those he has turned-on dangle alone at the end of their appointment branches for a bit

-WHIFF #2:

What does he believe in? Other than himself, not terribly much. About a decade ago, I was in London for a couple of days and had lunch with him and Stuart Reid at a favorite Italian restaurant. Stuart was the deputy editor who did all the hard grind at the Speccie, while Boris was the great fizzing impresario fronting the operation — a business model he transferred successfully into his mayoral regime, and will no doubt be trying again in Downing Street. He was going on the BBC’s “Question Time” that night and was worried that he didn’t have anything sufficiently arresting to say, so asked if I had any tips. I gave him a few thoughts on the passing scene, and he considered them not in terms of his own public-policy positions (if any) but in terms of attitudinal cachet. Finally, I said, “Why don’t you really stir them up and put in a word for social conservatism?”

“You mean abortion and all that? Oh, God..,” he sighed, and ordered dessert.

If that seems to be (for self-interested reasons) his most firmly drawn red line, don’t nevertheless overstate his ideological flexibility….

Populist Brothers they be.


…Mrs May wanted to be prime minister; Johnson wants to be a great and consequential prime minister.

Does that make him a philosophical Brexiteer? Doubtful. In the 2016 referendum, he considered the Leave and Remain choices in terms of what served his interests. To favor Remain meant supporting David Cameron, the de facto leader of the cause, and consigning himself to being a mere gentleman of the chorus. Whereas, if he chose the other side, his star power would make him the face of the campaign. He expected the Remain guys to win, and himself to have done himself a world of good with the Tory base come the next leadership election. Instead, and at least partly because of him, Leave won, and the chaos of the last three years began.

Mischievous chaos-makers they both have been in their campaigns, with The Donald continuing his roguery and shenanigans up until this very day.  Will Joculator carry-on with his across the pond?

One thing is clearly obvious: both want to be remembered as Consequential holders of their Offices.  There is, of course, a Danger in that.


Time will tell if Cataline continues to follow the Trumpicus Route.  I will not be surprised if he does because he has seen it work here.  The only thing different in the way he will go about it is that Boris will give it an English twist, like the Brits always do culturally.

Pass me the tea and popcorn…and do take the time to click here and read the rest of Mark’s post.

  1. Robert Sykes permalink
    30 July 2019 @ 18:03 18:03

    The similarities between Trump and Johnson are striking. Most importantly they intend to do what they were elected to do, and they both are patriots. The people of the US and the UK do not deserve them, and they might yet save both countries from themselves. Can you really complain that Hillary and Teresa are gone? Seriously. Do you prefer the traitors Blair and McCain? Really?

    • 31 July 2019 @ 16:52 16:52

      Where did I complain about Hillaria Tiberius and Teresa May Not being gone?

  2. dangerdaveo permalink
    30 July 2019 @ 20:38 20:38

    Yeah; personality wise,they are two peas in a pod.

    Most of us overlook Trumps faults and quirks because the results (for the most part) have worked out in our favor. (If he tosses Amy Barrett into the next SC vacancy he won’t hear another peep from social conservatives again…ever)

    The real question is: will Boris be able to pull off brexit w/o fracturing the fragile coalition he needs for reelection. Of course ( like Trump was) he is a wildcard on other policy issues. If he’s smart though, he’ll leverage the Trump relationship ( tradewise) to Great Britain’s benefit in order to offset any negative effects of Brexit.

    Hope you’re doing better Bob!


    • 31 July 2019 @ 16:54 16:54

      -Thank you. So far, so good, at this point.

      -I think Cataline is smart enough.

  3. 30 July 2019 @ 23:38 23:38

    A Westminster PM in a good position has a lot more power over his Cabinet than the President does, and, if in sufficient power, can railroad his will through the legislature. Will Mr. Johnson be able to do so?

    • 31 July 2019 @ 16:55 16:55

      It will certainly be an interesting year ahead on both sides of The Atlantic.

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