May 22, 2022 12:23 am

Boris Johnson’s weakness

The very peculiar external appearance of the current British Prime Minister says it all. It is a kind of implicit message to others. Lanky, different, irreverent and even provocatively disheveled, he has an unusual public walk, almost contemptuous.

As if shapes, which have traditionally been conspicuous features of the British themselves, simply didn’t interest him at all.

But Boris Johnson had just made a series of major mistakes, putting himself grotesquely above the rest. The press has already made them undisguisable. As, it should be remembered, it also happened in parallel between us. Not long ago: when politically repulsive “VIP vaccinations” were generated.

Those gross mistakes of the British Prime Minister consisted in the fact that, when the precise regulations that were sanctioned due to the Covid-19 pandemic obliged everyone equally to maintain prudent social distancing, he unscrupulously attended parties held at his own official residence, in Downing Street, when they were clearly prohibited.

As if the prime minister suddenly belonged “to another universe.” Different and only available to the actors of the privileged British “political class”, to which he obviously belongs.

Johnson has already apologized for what happened. Publicly. As appropriate. But that seems not to have been enough. Not at all. Among his own peers, calls for resignation constantly resonate.

Boris Johnson’s image and credibility losses have been enormous. Many, even among the conservatives themselves, therefore believe that Johnson is already on a path “of no return.”

And it is quite possible that this is indeed the case. There are those who, given what is happening, discuss whether, in the face of the convulsion, the best thing is an immediate departure of the prime minister. Surgical then. Or face what may eventually turn into a kind of dangerous prolonged agony that ends up damaging the very credibility of the conservatives, as a whole.

British opinion polls today suggest that only 23% of those interviewed approve of the management of a now visibly rusty Boris Johnson, who by his actions and attitudes even appears too close to indecency.

Labor is not an option today. Not at all. Which certainly indirectly helps Boris Johnson to try to “buy time” so that, suddenly, other issues or crises hide the deep political agony in which he seems to be submerged.

However, his very peculiar political image may already be irredeemable, given the clear enormity of his political and moral sins. And this is certainly the central concern that feeds, with good reason, the repeated calls for resignation.

Former Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United Nations

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