Boris Johnson chickened out of a press conference with Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel because a crowd of protesters were too loud for him – so M. Bettel held it anyway, and let rip at BoJob.
This man – Mr Johnson – holds the highest office in the UK and is our most senior representative abroad, and foreign leaders are treating him like a fool. I hope nobody has forgotten the way Leo Varadkar treated him last week.
This cannot be allowed to continue for long, because the UK’s standing in the world is getting trashed. But there is a strong vein of schadenfreude in seeing this fool treated as what he is; the UK’s Tory-loving mainstream media do their best to shield him from ridicule here.
That said, I really like this account from The Guardian:
That was extraordinary. Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, has just been humiliated by the leader of almost the smallest country in the European Union.
We were expecting a joint, open-air press conference but, with a large crowd of anti-Brexit campaigners threatening to drown out Johnson, it was announced that the British PM was not going to take part (presumably because of the demonstration, although that has not officially been confirmed yet). Normally in these circumstances the polite thing to do is to rearrange. But instead Xavier Bettel, the prime minister of Luxembourg, went ahead anyway, effectively “empty chairing” his guest. At one point he even gestured at the space where Johnson was supposed to be.
Then Bettel just let rip. People often wonder what EU leaders say or think about Johnson in private. Well, now we know. The leave campaign was a pack of lies, Johnson’s talk of progress in the Brexit negotiations is unfounded, the UK still has not come up with any ideas about an alternative to the backstop. On and on he went, with particular emphasis on the point that the UK, not the EU, was to blame for the crisis. It was a “nightmare” for EU citizens, said Bettel. At several points he was loudly applauded by the protesters, because they felt he was articulating their anger.
Yesterday, Johnson depicted himself as the Incredible Hulk. As the Telegraph’s Michael Deacon suggests, the reality could not be more different.
My favourite episode of The Incredible Hulk is the one where a small group of people shouted too loudly so he ran away
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) September 16, 2019
Only last week, Mr Johnson was calling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a chicken – and falling fowl of KFC for it.
Now BoJob has been caught out in what appears to be a genuine act of cowardice, so it seems he’s the chicken!
In fact, I am probably within the realm of decency in this case to say: He’s a cock.
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