Zoe Williams: For Johnson, the problem isn’t Brexit, it’s the people who complain about Brexit Atmospherically, Boris Johnson’s first speech as prime minister was all very Spiro Agnew, for whom the problem wasn’t President Nixon (to whom he was vice-president), corruption, scandal or any other sharp edges of reality, it was the “nattering nabobs of negativism”, the “hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history”. In Johnson’s vision, the problem isn’t Brexit: the problem is the people who complain about Brexit. The phrases were childish (“the doomsters, the gloomsters”; the United Kingdom as an “awesome foursome”) but the thrust was not dissimilar to Theresa May’s. She also entered No 10 filled with certainty and a pugilistic optimism that her will would triumph. There’s never been any shortage of wills; it’s ways we’re missing, and Johnson gave no more clues than anyone else, other than the hint that when it all went wrong it would certainly be the EU’s fault. His broader plan involved the promise that the matter of social care had been sorted, by which he was probably referring to Matt Hancock’s plan of a 2.5% levy on the over-40s, or to put it another way, a tax. “Free ports” – a… Read full this story
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