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Johnson is incompetent – and so are those who supported him | Letters

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Rafael Behr’s verdict on the Prime Minister is compelling (Tories said we could have our cake and eat it – now they’re drunk and voters are hungry, December 22). But I wonder if we’re still in the grip of Boris Johnson’s alleged charisma, even as we unveil his function as a fig leaf.

Behr claims, for example, that “Boris Johnson has reached the top by making people love him. His problems are the result of later getting to know him. While this on the surface makes sense, in fact, it gets too many people off the hook.

There must be several hundred thousand of us with only an intimate knowledge of Johnson who were not at all convinced of his alleged competence; who only needed his pre-political CV to gauge his character; who needed only a glance at the reckless, destructive and shameless indifference with which he discharged the only ministerial post he held (and lost) as Foreign Minister , to know that his call had all the magnetism of a catastrophic black hole.

Behr’s claim for former Johnson supporters is reminiscent of the frenzied cover maneuvers by the many friends of this former London mayor and Tory darling, disgraced peer Jeffrey Archer. He too was a proponent of monumental lies too numerous to mention.

It just isn’t credible for anyone to pretend to ignore Johnson’s obvious flaws, as much in love as they may have been with his charms.

It took jail time for the party to admit that its peerless fundraiser Jeffrey Archer was a fraud. Why on earth should we entertain the idea that it took two years of misery to discover in Johnson obvious, palpable and painfully apparent flaws from the start?
Paul McGilchrist
Colchester, Essex

Thank you Rafael Behr for this brilliant review of Boris Johnson. A different cakeism did for Marie-Antoinette – let’s hope the same goes for him.
Linda karlsen
Whitstable, Kent

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