What is Boris Johnson’s Brexit really about?
It has been alleged that he is in cahoots with a number of ‘City’ financiers who backed his campaign to become Tory leader – and prime minister – on condition that he push the UK through a “no deal” Brexit that would enrich them (and, by connection, him).
The claim is that these hedge fund bosses have bet heavily on what’s known as “shorting” – and stand to make £8.3 billion if the pound plummets and inflation skyrockets after the UK crashes out of the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Such a claim is extremely damaging to BoJob’s reputation as it implies that he is working, not as a servant of the public, which is the reason he draws a publicly-financed salary, of course – but in the interests of a shadowy group of self-motivated mobsters who are quite happy to endanger the entire UK economy for their own gain.
And, of course, to satisfy his own personal greed when they pay him off for his services.
Is there any evidence to support the claims? I don’t know. Mr Hammond and Ms Johnson must have reasons for saying what they have, otherwise they have put themselves in a very actionable position.
But what makes them believable to the public is the fact that Mr Johnson has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over allegations that he overruled his own officials to give favourable treatment – thousands of pounds in sponsorship grants and places on trade missions – to his friend Jennifer Arcuri when he was Mayor of London.
It is potentially a criminal offence – made worse by the fact that, as London Mayor, Mr Johnson would also have been Metropolitan Police and Crime Commissioner.
Of course, if the IOPC decides Mr Johnson’s behaviour towards Ms Arcuri was inappropriate, it makes it easy to believe that he is in collusion with these hedge fund bosses to rig Brexit – against the best interests of the UK as a whole.
The BBC – in its apparent role as propaganda arm of the Conservative Party – has run a story in which Downing Street has claimed the Arcuri allegations are politically-motivated, as it was timed to happen days before the start of the Conservative conference.
If that were true, why were the allegations published in the overtly pro-Tory Sunday Times, rather than by a news organisation that opposes Mr Johnson’s party, like The Guardian or The Mirror?
It seems clear that Boris Johnson will have to work very hard if he wants to make sure this mud won’t stick to him.
And what if the claims are true, but he fails to deliver the “no deal” Brexit these hedge fund bosses want?
Will they not be annoyed? And won’t they want some kind of compensation?
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