Friday, 14 February 2020

Forget Dominic Cummings it is Johnson who is the "Great Dictator".

The Great Dictator was a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, in which he plays both the comic Jewish Barber and the dictator  Adenoid Hynkel

In the finale the barber takes the place  of Hynkel (  a close impersonation of Hitler) and makes a memorable plea for peace.

It seems that Boris Johnson seems to inhabit the barber and the dictator in one body a clown ad a ruthless dictator.

Boris Johnson's dictatorial persona came to light as   a reshuffle that saw Sajid Javid quit his role as chancellor.
The prime minister had offered to reappoint Mr Javid on the condition he fire his team of aides - a demand rejected by Mr Javid on Thursday.
Rishi Sunak, former chief secretary to the Treasury, said he had "lots to get on with" after replacing Mr Javid.
Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey are among others no longer in government.
Both women, along with Mr Javid, had been among the contenders in the Conservative leadership contest last July that was won by Mr Johnson.
Mr Javid, who had been due to deliver his first Budget in March, said he was left with "no option" but to resign because "no self-respecting minister" could accept the prime minister's demands.
His departure from the cabinet follows rumours of tension between Mr Javid and the prime minister's senior adviser, Dominic Cummings.
In his resignation letter, Mr Javid said: "I believe it is important as leaders to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with."
Many see the dark hand of Dominic  Cummings’ power in Number 10 He was appointed as special adviser by Johnson as soon as he became PM in July last year.
Cummings had previously worked with Johnson when he led the successful Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum.
Before that, he was special adviser to education secretary Michael Gove, much to the angst of David Cameron, who described Cummings as a “career psychopath”.
Cummings has cultivated a Machiavellian image since entering Number 10, to the extent that he is probably talked about in Westminster circles more than any elected cabinet ministers.
Eccentricities include his unconventional office wear..
Because he is extremely influential over Johnson,”  Tim Bale, a leading politics professor from London’s Queen Mary University – explains all…. 

“He was the man who many credit with Leave winning in 2016 and with the strategy Johnson has pursued since taking over as PM.

“He is someone who believes the institution of British government is dysfunctional, hasn’t caught up with the 21st century, and needs reform.
“He believes Number 10 should have more control over the ministries that make up government, which means more control over ministers themselves and their special advisers.”

But one wonders that Cumings is a lighting rod , thee to deflect criticism from Johnson. who can  cultivated a media-friendly persona as a highly educated, plum-voiced yet dishevelled intellect who struggles over words, doesn't take himself too seriously and makes jokes at his own expense - often in Latin.

But in fact he is a duplicitous  bastard and Cummings is actually his enforcer and Johnson is the Great Dictator bur there will be no happy ending.

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