Johnson twists things any which way he will; the supreme court, moderate Tories, Labour all want to stop Brexit happening—that’s simply not true, some of them do, yes, others, though, want to stop his way of achieving it; the Arcuri allegations, he says, are driven by critics opposed to Brexit—the allegations were first published by the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times, which supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum; etc., etc. Because he has a way with words, he’s speciously more convincing than #45. But it’s dishonesty all along the line. And by acting this way he makes rational argument, the finding of common ground, all but impossible. Another politician acting out, rather than sorting out, his materially privileged, emotionally impoverished childhood.
P.S. His “I think I’ve been the model of restraint” to Andrew Marr this morning is a brilliant instance of his self-disconnect strategy, lying through his teeth rather than reflecting honestly on his behavior, which would mean admitting weakness, error, fallibility; like #45, he rides the wave of his infantile omnipotence. And so brazenly it takes one’s breath away. If it weren’t so dangerous in a person in his position, it could almost be moving—through the crust of words, phrases, bluff, bonhomie, you can see the wounded, panicking little boy in him, still so desperate to be taken seriously.
Re hedge-fund speculation allegations (##70, 71), it was one of the three points his sister mentioned yesterday (?) when asked what she thought was making him so martial: 1) Cummings, 2) himself ("He enjoys his position"), 3) aid from financial speculators. As SD3 points out, Hammond picked it up. Where it will figure in the chaos about to continue and/or re-erupt next week is anybody's guess. :-(
And here's the little boy's fantasy world in full play at North Manchester general hospital this morning giving the game away. After promising 500 million GBP for a new hospital he concluded: It is new money. It is bright, shiny, new money coming out of the Treasury in a great geyser. :-((( What kind of idiots does he think he's talking to?