IT takes a rare and special genius to parlay a newspaper column into first-name global fame, international superstar status and leadership of one of the world’s richest nations.
في بوريس جونسون’s case, it propelled him — in headline terms at least — to his childhood dream as “World King”.
As he sits today amid the wreckage of a brief but pyro-technic premiership, BoJo could be forgiven for thinking: “Wow! What a ride.”
في حين أن, in an emotional speech on the steps of Number Ten yesterday, he made clear his fury at being booted out. “Them’s the breaks,” he grunted.
His resignation ends the most turbulent career in the history of British politics — chequered with depressing lows and extraordinary highs.
Boris will never be forgotten or forgiven for his single greatest achievement — honouring the verdict of 17.4million British people and getting بريكسي done.
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It was the beginning of a potentially glorious era and the source of the relentless Remoaner anger which was to finally bring him down.
Brexit was the climax of a decades-long campaign, led by this newspaper, to break free from sclerotic, bureaucratic Brussels and reassert Britain as an independent sovereign state.
It could not have been achieved without Boris’s charismatic leadership and a resourceful داونينج ستريت team facing roadblocks and legal challenges at every turn.
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Vindictive EU foes
Which was pretty rich from a Remain campaign led by a supposedly impartial Treasury working hand in hand with vindictive foes across the EU — especially Paris.
ال بي بي سي broke its own impartiality charter with a remorseless vendetta against Brexit generally and Boris in person from the moment the vote was declared on June 23, 2016, until Boris surrendered yesterday.
In defiance of that vote, richly funded lawyers took the Government through legal hoops — right up to the Supreme Court — to prevent it delivering the wishes of the British people.
They all failed. At 11pm GMT on January 31, 2020, Britain formally waved goodbye to بروكسل. Thanks to Boris, the barrier to a new era of political and economic prosperity was cleared.
Investors at home and abroad were poised to splurge the pent-up billions stockpiled during Brexit uncertainty. ثم, within weeks of leading his party to a handsome 80-seat majority in 2019, tragedy struck with China’s مرض فيروس كورونا جائحة.
But the UK hunt for a vaccine was a world-beating triumph — ordered personally by the PM — making us one of the first countries in Europe to resume normal life. Then in February, as we emerged battered and bruised from this costly crisis, Mad Vlad Putin invaded أوكرانيا.
On top of all this, there has been almost childish fibbing and downright dishonesty.
That’s THREE solid triumphs — four, if you count the 80-seat election victory. No wonder Boris Johnson feels sore at the way he has been treated.
حقيقي, there have been abundant unforced errors along the way: His failure to move fast to build on Brexit; Downing Street’s hypocrisy over Partygate; his weird U-turn on “green crap”.
أيضا, inexcusably, refusing to crack down on left-wing Marxist wokery and gender grievances running rampant through our schools and public services. On top of all this, there has been almost childish fibbing and downright dishonesty.
The Boris regime has for months seemed rudderless and adrift, with Downing Street perpetually under siege. Sometimes it has seemed nobody was in charge. The missing person was the Prime Minister.
Now the country has been left with no PM at all. Britain has no functioning Cabinet or government.
‘Lynch him in Downing Street’
A bitter Boris Johnson was licking his wounds last night, convinced the troops he led to victory now want to “lynch him in Downing Street”.
The Old Etonian and Oxford classicist will recognise this as a sort of Greek tragedy. In many ways it’s the inevitable culmination of a life lived on the assumption that the normal rules do not apply.
He has been ticked off by his Eton schoolmasters, sacked by The Times for making up stories, and branded a “gold-plated egomaniac” by his Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings.
“I would not trust him with my wife nor — from painful experience — my wallet,” says Sir Max. There are some clues here about the rise and fall of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Everyone likes BoJo — even some who loathe everything he stands for . . . his casual dishonesty and a have-cake-and-eat-it philosophy.
لماذا? Because he is funny in a warm and fuzzy way which tends to disguise the sometimes razor edge of his humour.
He treats everything as a laugh — including the deadly serious world of politics. His bumbling, oddly dressed appearances provoke instant smiles on strangers’ faces.
He treats everything as a laugh — including the deadly serious world of politics.
Boris was raised from infancy in a world of his own, shaped by father Stanley, who left his children to be brought up by their mother in a remote Exmoor farmhouse while he travelled the world.
He was made more of a loner by profound deafness caused by “glue ear”, a condition which lasted through a crucial period of his childhood.
For all his apparent affability, he is slow to make close friends and allies, one reason for his situation today. That perhaps explains his current paranoia and fear his enemies want to “lynch me”.
إنهم إلى حد ما خارج عن إرادتي ".
Being paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.
At least he can be grateful he has not suffered the fate of his Turkish great-grandad, Ali Kemal Bey, another journalist and liberal-leaning politician, who really was kidnapped, stoned, stabbed and hung from a tree almost exactly a century ago.