How can we trust Boris?

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

BORIS John­ston has re­cently sent me a let­ter invit­ing me to vote for the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for the Hazel Grove Con­stituency. In his let­ter he refers, of course, to ‘get­ting Brexit done,’ an ex­tra £33.9 bil­lion for the NHS, 20,000 ex­tra po­lice of­fi­cers, more fund­ing for ev­ery school (in Eng­land), a grow­ing econ­omy cre­at­ing jobs and pay­ing for our pub­lic ser­vices. All this make-be­lieve ex­pen­di­ture is only com­pen­sat­ing for the dras­tic cuts by the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment in re­cent years.

I have a prob­lem with Boris John­ston: I can’t trust a word he says. He ap­peared on tele­vi­sion re­cently stat­ing that he didn’t want an elec­tion, yet as soon as he be­came Prime Min­is­ter he was on elec­tion ma­noeu­vres pro­vid­ing photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, if lit­tle else. Hav­ing ob­tained par­lia­ment’s con­sent to the Brexit with­drawal agree­ment, he was in a po­si­tion to fol­low up on a EU trade agree­ment. Ob­vi­ously, his ad­vi­sors, and the bil­lion­aire new­pa­per barons (Rother­mere, Mur­doch, and Bar­clay Broth­ers) pre­ferred an elec­tion.

A per­cep­tive jour­nal­ist gave his as­sess­ment of the leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party as play­ing a vaudevil­lian trick on Bri­tish pol­i­tics, ma­nip­u­lat­ing de­bate from his ly­ing in­com­pe­tence, idle­ness, phi­lan­der­ing self ob­ses­sion and in­tel­lec­tual vacu­ity. And when a for­mer Con­ser­va­tive MP states that he is a com­pul­sive liar who has be­trayed ev­ery sin­gle per­son he has ever had any deal­ings with, such a dev­as­tat­ing cri­tique demon­strates that this man is un­fit to be Prime Min­is­ter.

While all other party lead­ers have been in­ter­viewed sep­a­rately by An­drew Neil, he alone is avoid­ing the mas­ter ques­tioner’s prob­ing of the party’s in­cred­i­ble man­i­festo.

This elec­tion is sup­posed to be about Brexit, or as the right-wing me­dia daily target Jeremy Cor­byn and anti-semitism, but in re­al­ity it is about trust. The John­stonesque char­ac­ter rep­re­sents alien­ation from facts, re­al­ity, a bun­gler and de­ceiver, whose men­tor is the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the USA.

In my 86th year I have never known a leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, once de­fined with af­fec­tion as the “Church of Eng­land at Prayer”, hav­ing so tar­nished and de­based this his­tor­i­cal party’s im­age. Tom Jack­son, Stock­port

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