Day: 25 June 2019

Boris Johnson’s biographer: I know too well the fire and fury lurking behind that smile

Boris Johnson’s biographer: I know too well the fire and fury lurking behind that smile

No one who has witnessed Boris’s rage and the way he uses women will be surprised by the explosive row. A personality cult has veiled his true nature, says Sonia Purnell.

Boris Johnson can change from bonhomie to a dark fury in seconds. His normally joky demeanour flashes into a sarcastic snarl, his skin reddens and blotches, his eyes dart into an intense narrow glare and on the worst occasions his lips curl back to reveal wisps of spittle. The all-out favourite to be our next prime minister has the fiercest and most uncontrollable anger I have seen. A terrifying mood change can be triggered instantly by the slightest challenge to his entitlement or self-worth.

I was Boris Johnson’s boss: he is utterly unfit to be British prime minister

I was Boris Johnson’s boss: he is utterly unfit to be British prime minister

The Tory party is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people. He cares for nothing but his own fame and gratification.

Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first World War, titled The Sleepwalkers. Though Clark is a fine scholar, I was unconvinced by his title, which suggested that the great powers stumbled mindlessly to disaster.

On the contrary, the maddest aspect of 1914 was that each belligerent government convinced itself that it was acting rationally.

It would be fanciful to liken the ascent of Boris Johnson to the outbreak of global war, but similar forces are in play. There is room for debate about whether he is a scoundrel or mere rogue, but not much about his moral bankruptcy, rooted in a contempt for truth.

A Johnson premiership will almost certainly reveal a contempt for rules, precedent, order and stability.