Mum pays for ego of selfish buffoon
I used to have a slight soft spot for Boris Johnson.
He’d be seen wandering around at the end of the day near our office, hair ruffled, shirt untucked, cycle clips askew.
He represented a world I’d previously only glimpsed through a childhood fascination with Just William books out of the library, and an adult fascination for people who used long words in plummy accents who left me stuttering with inadequacy. But I’m going back 20 years or so… Now, what I once saw as charismatic, I can see as conman.
My fascination has turned to fury that upper class buffoons still run the country almost a century after Just William was published.
The inadequacy has morphed to incandescence that arrogance and crass disregard for others, for truth and for common courtesy, ruins lives every single day.
There’s been no better illustration of this than the disgraceful case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
A young mum is being left to rot in a rat infested Iranian jail.
She fears she may have breast cancer and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Her three-year-old daughter has spent half her little life away from her mum. The tot dreams mum will be home for Christmas so she wakes every morning asking if it’s Christmas Day.
As Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson had just one job – to get Nazanin home to London.
Not only did he fail in that, his uninformed contribution has made her situation catastrophically worse so she may have to spend an additional five years behind bars.
By then, her daughter will be eight. The family’s life will be permanently scarred.
There was nothing accidental about Boris’s blundering on this issue. Just like there was nothing accidental about his failure to apologise properly.
This was an inevitability waiting to happen.
If it hadn’t been Nazanin who paid the price of Johnson’s character – it would have been someone else.
Because if you swan through life doing the minimum work (just ask his staff at the Mayor of London’s office), rarely read briefs, believe it’s OK to busk complex issues, and never care about the effects of your behaviour, then this kind of thing WILL happen. It’s just a case of when.
In diplomacy, words are weapons. Boris Johnson fires his indiscriminately. Nazanin is his collateral damage.
Of course now he’s saying he’ll do whatever he can to help – because he can see the damage he’s done (not to Nazanin of course, but to his own reputation). And his own reputation is all that ever matters to BoJo. Along with his career and his naked ambition.
Remember, this is a man prepared right now to bring down the Government to force through his vision of Brexit Britain. He’s a man content to drive the country to hell on a double decker bus daubed with the lie that quitting the EU will put £350million back into the NHS. Just so long as he is doing the driving.
Boris Johnson couldn’t lie straight in bed (be it his or that of one of his mistresses). Nazanin’s husband Richard has called on Boris to “solve this mess created in your name”.
We must all hope and pray the mess is solved. But for sure, if Boris does finally help Nazanin, it will be for his name – and absolutely no one else’s – that he does it.
All that matters to BoJo is his reputation
FAILURE Couldn’t even say sorry properly