Ab­surd or sim­ply sin­gu­lar?

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TV pun­dit Will Self joked that Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP, Boris John­son was an ‘ab­surd, self-satiris­ing politi­cian’ when the pair met re­cently.

The two men en­joyed in a ‘lively en­counter’ at a Brunel Univer­sity event on Oc­to­ber 30.

The Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor of Con­tem­po­rary Thought, Will Self, dis­cussed the value of higher ed­u­ca­tion, rec­om­men­da­tions against a third run­way at Heathrow, and im­mi­gra­tion with the cur­rent Mayor of Lon­don.

In the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, stu­dents and in­vited ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists from the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don ques­tioned him about var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies.

Dr Re­becca Hig­gie posed a ques­tion about Mr John­son’s views on ap­pear­ing on com­edy shows as a se­ri­ous politi­cian.

Boris, who holds an hon­orary Doc­tor of Law at Brunel, replied: “I see noth­ing wrong in go­ing on com­edy shows if you can get your point across. There’s no harm in us­ing jokes.”

Will Self joked: “You are a self-satiris­ing politi­cian. Your strat­egy is to ask, ‘How ab­surd can I be to­day?’”

The event was also at­tended by Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil.

n SELF-SATIRISED: Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son, MP for Uxbridge, and Will Self, author and Brunel pro­fes­sor, met at the univer­sity’s An­tonin Ar­taud Theatre in Uxbridge


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