Today I celebrate my first anniversary of Boris watching.
Given the much lauded Brexit deal that was announced only a few days back, and is still being checked out by the experts, methinks a new episode is in order. But it is only number four compared to the person is he is often likened to, Trump, where I have done fourteen episodes in that time, who I find more interesting, if only because there really are fireworks when he is even only remotely involved (compare with Boris who I see as being surrounded by a bunch of annoying school children) and I can empathise better with Trump.
If good ‘ol Nigel (Farage) is to be believed, Boris has delivered on Brexit and needs to be lauded because he has given what many euroskeptics consider a decentish deal, against great odds, both within the British establishment and among EU partners keen to punish us. While no doubt pundits will continue to debate the merits of the various compromises that had to be made and where we go next, for many Brexiteers the agony of the past five years is now over but the question remains concerning whether Boris, now we have our sovereignty back, can now lead us into a new Promised land?
One year ago, I wanted to give Boris the benefit of the doubt and, while I know many will disagree, comparing with when Trump was in the same position some four years ago, Trump has overall impressed me in a way Boris has not. Like Trump, he has narcissist tendencies and lies as a matter of course. He also is prepared to throw under the bus those that get in the way such as the Northern Irish and because it actually shares a border with an EU member – the Southern Irish. I don’t see the same redeeming features I see in Trump, such as a passionate love for his country and willingness to stand up against the British equivalent of the Washington swamp and the various elites who want to screw us. As for trusting him, I cannot say I do and if I were a Tory MP asked to sign up to a 1000 page document full of fudges and legalese, with only a few days to read etc., I might feel tempted to to tell Boris where to go. Yet, other than hopes of a new political party, such as what still could arise out of the short lived Brexit Party, Conservatives with Boris at the helm may still be better that any other Conservative front runner leading the Party or any of the other parties, whoever leads them.
Besides Brexit and COVID-19, I can’t think of anything significant or memorable or particularly praise worthy Boris has done in the past year. In fairness, COVID-19 is a difficult one to know what to do for the best and what other parties propose is no better than what Boris has done. My gripe is I don’t rate his advisors any more than I did before the Chinese Communist Party has got rumbled those who wanted to sub-contract upgrading our telecommunications infra-structure to Huawei, or Boris judgment. Frankly, I found him congratulating Biden in the recent US Presidential election, before he won, disappointing. While I get it that people are divided between harsher and softer responses to the Coronavirus “pandemic”, I get the impression Boris doesn’t know what he is doing, is constantly changing his mind and is full of political BS.
I am afraid my view of Boris is that he is an opportunist with (Brexit aside) questionable judgment, who prefers to put his own political ambition ahead of doing what is best for the country. While I am a Trump fan because I saw what he was up against and what he achieved despite many obstacles, I am still not a fan of Boris, whose only significant achievement I can name is Brexit. Even so, he remains my Prime Minister, duly elected, an object for my prayers.