Boris Johnson’s current crisis of leadership is of his own making
The UK’s Tory MPs may retain him as prime minister but this is only likely to invite more ridicule
There he goes again, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is described by his newly- appointed communications director as “not a complete clown". But like with the Joker in the comic series Batman, there often seems a sinister aspect to Johnson’s cynical manipulation of rumours that reaches almost Trumpian sophistication of innuendo. In apparent desperation to deflect blame over his administration’s callous handling of the pandemic and his bacchanalian parties at 10 Downing Street, Johnson can be seen trying to pin false blame on opposition leader Keir Starmer for not prosecuting the case of a paedophile. Johnson was being parsimonious with truth then, as he has been in his explanations about whether he attended parties, or whether he was ‘ambushed’ by a birthday cake, as one of his parliamentarians put it.