My favorite fake British journalist Jonathan Pie says that after being given an extension by the EU until October 31 and advised not to waste that time but to come up with a workable plan because there would be no more extensions, the country has done nothing really about what to do next on Brexit. Instead they have been spending much of their time choosing between whether foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt or former foreign secretary Boris Johnson will replace Theresa May as Conservative party leader and hence become the next prime minister. (Language advisory because it is after all Jonathan Pie.)
Pie wasn’t kidding about Johnson’s name. It really is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
While Johnson has groveled before Donald Trump during the Kim Darroch fiasco while Hunt has supported the British ambassador, it has been suggested that Hunt was seeming to stand on some principle merely to give his flagging campaign a boost. While I was aware that Johnson was an odious Trump toady, I did not know much about Hunt until I heard Pie’s description of him as utterly awful too. So although technically there are two candidates in the race, it appears that they are pretty much the same: two wealthy, privately educated, entitled, and obnoxious upper class twits who do not give a damn about ordinary people but wave their hands and claim that they will come into office and magically find a way to solve the Brexit crisis.
The fact that even most Conservative party members of parliament seem outraged by Johnson’s abandonment of his country’s ambassador and civil service will not affect Johnson’s chances of winning the leadership. This is because the selection is now in the hands of all the card carrying members of the Conservative party and, according to Pie, they seem to be the equivalent of the American Tea Party cult in their rabid right wing views. They probably like it that Johnson is a Trump toady.
The UK is in a mess.