My Election Notes 2019: E-Day – 2

by Pseud O'Nym


Who’d have thought it? A proven liar and demonstrably unsuitable candidate for election to a parish council – not the chairperson mind, just a member – let alone PM, reveals himself to be the heartless bastard we all suspected he was, but now he’s conclusively provided us with the evidence which confirms it.

I refer to the incident yesterday where, as The Guardian reported.

ITV News reporter Joe Pike asked Johnson about newspaper reports featuring Jack Williment-Barr, a four-year-old boy with suspected pneumonia, who was pictured being forced to sleep on a concrete floor in an overcrowded NHS hospital this weekend. “I haven’t had a chance to look at the photo,” Johnson said. Look at it now, said Pike, who had it up on his phone. At which point Johnson simply took the phone and stuffed it into his pocket

What has happened to reality? What can you say? Other than: may all would-be statesmen disport themselves with the casual larceny of a guy who knows if you don’t let the legal papers physically touch you, then they haven’t been served on you. For my money, the inclusion of the auto-satirical words “prime minister” at the end of Pike’s next sentence mark it out as a contender for quote of the campaign. Let’s see them in action: “You refuse to look at the photo, you’ve taken my phone, and put it in your pocket, prime minister.”

That wasn’t the worst bit though. When he did grudgingly look at the ‘photo, and remarked that it was an awful, one wasn’t sure if he was commenting on composition of the ‘photo, or the quality of the mobile ‘phones camera, or that a child was lying on a hospital floor. Quite why people imagine he’s imbued with normal human emotions defies comprehension. He’s a privileged posh boy, who rarely meets normal people – I mean people not in the same Westminster bubble or those that don’t inhabit the same rarerified social circle as him. It’s not so much that his moral compass is broken; more that he never had one in the first place. An immoral compass yes, but a moral one…

Writing of a skewed moral compass we think of Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, who was dragged in an attempt at damage limitation at a hospital and with a conveniently prepped camera crew. When asked about the photo, he displayed all the required emotions his leader had lacked. But it was when he started bleating on about his children and how often he’d visited A&E departments because of their mishaps, then I started to get the fragrant aroma of bullshit. I mean, whenever any politician invokes their family in order to prove they’re just, you know, like you and me, well that’s never a good sign. But he got carried away; he began to bullshit the bullshit when he claimed that he depended on the NHS like any parent.

I thought why didn’t the reporter interrupt his bullshit and challenge him to give examples? Put him on the spot, ask him prove his assertion to be true. But he didn’t. When any politician claims they use the NHS, you can bet that it isn’t the same NHS we use; they drop their name, make staff aware of exactly who are and let their imagined importance do the rest. If they don’t have private health insurance that is. But given that he’s a privately educated then Oxford P.P.E graduate Conservative Minister who, before politics worked as an economist at the Bank of England what do you suppose the chances of that are.?

More or less than the chances of press being as soft on Jeremy Corbinned if he’d committed the same lack of basic human decency as Boris’s Johnson?