The moral values of Boris Johnson exist in the same world as Atlantis, Bigfoot and the treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island – often spoken of, frequently investigated, but never actually found and largely considered to be a myth.
However, there are times when even the wildest of claims reach the depths of absurdity. A “jump the shark” moment. Such is now any idea that Johnson has anything even remotely resembling a moral core, political or personal.
Writing in 2002 in his Spectator column, Johnson recanted a tale of a trip to Africa in the company of Rod Liddle who Johnson refers to as “the big white chief”.
Beginning by stating that the reader would need a “heart of stone not to have been moved by the little Aids-ridden choristers” in reference to a dance performance by local children for his company of “fat, white chiefs”, Johnson’s attitude to his hosts throughout betrays his attitude.
Referring to Tony Blair as arriving in his “big white bird”, the fact that the Prime Minister considers Africans to be simple-minded and backward is entirely evident.
“90 per cent of Ugandans live in Stone Age conditions — round mud huts with a fireplace dug in the floor and raffia mats for beds and a life expectancy of 42.”Boris Johnson, The Spectator
Johnson launches into a lengthy defence of British colonialism in Africa, stating that the Empire was “not a blot upon our conscience” and that Africa’s current problems were because Britain was “not in charge any more”.
“But we must hope, for the sake of candour and common sense, that he does not blame Britain, or colonialism, or the white man. The continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more.”Boris Johnson, The Spectator
Perhaps the most shocking passage of the column, however, tells of Johnson’s nonchalant attitude to a member of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Telling Johnson that he had been “raping” and “killing” and had dismembered one of his victims, a girl who had tried to escape, the Prime Minister states that he told the man “don’t worry about it. Forget about it.”
“‘We were raping, we were killing,’ one of them told me, before going on to describe how he personally panga-ed a girl who tried to escape. ‘I cut her up,’ he said, a remark that so nonplussed me that I shook his hand and said, ‘Just don’t worry about it. Forget about it.’ I suppose it wasn’t really his fault that he was abducted by Kony, and forced into murder — but then it sure as hell wasn’t our fault.”– Boris Johnson, The Spectator
Johnson’s reaction to the murder and dismemberment of an innocent child betrays his lack of morality and concern for human suffering. Like his Victorian views on racial superiority and colonialism, they are the instinctive opinions of his class, formed on the rugby fields of Eton and 1000 drunken nights around the bars of Cambridge.
A racist and a colonialist, Johnson is unfit to hold the office of Prime Minister.
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