Boris Johnson is up to no good.
“What’s new?” I hear you cry in one voice.
Fair point. But whereas recently he has focused his diabolical efforts on harming the population of the UK with an income of less than £80,000 a year, it seems he is now widening that focus.
He has announced plans to increase spending on defence by 10 per cent, even though his government simply doesn’t have the money.
It seems his answer to all the poverty and misery he has caused is “Let them eat bombs”.
His efforts to contain Covid-19 by giving billions of pounds to Tory crony companies that have provided very little in return have swelled the national deficit to the extent that his government has borrowed more even than Labour during the year of the great recession.
At that time, the Conservative Party that Johnson currently leads said that Gordon Brown’s New Labour had bankrupted the UK (a false claim; as a nation with its own currency it is impossible for the UK to be bankrupted), and won an election – in coalition with Nick Clegg’s turncoat Liberal Democrats – that has led to more than a decade of “austerity” cuts to government funding that helps people on low incomes.
(These have been bonanza years for the super-rich, though.)
All of Johnson’s words about the new funding boost are threatening.
A defence spending boost will ensure “the safety of the British people must come first”, Boris Johnson said.
Translation: “I intend to manufacture a crisis. Margaret Thatcher did it – and won an election that ensured the progression of her neoliberal project to increase poverty and uncertainty for working people and help the rich do whatever they want again, while also forcing Labour to become more right-wing and expel socialists.”
It will “end the era of retreat, transform our armed forces and bolster our global influence”, he said.
Translation: “I want to kill Johnny Foreigner.”
Johnson is probably hoping to ingratiate himself with new US President Joe Biden, if that leader decides to launch military expeditions over the four years of the term he has just won.
Such military adventures always lead to attempts at revenge attacks against the UK, and these have caused considerable injury and loss of life over the last 10 years. Johnson may consider this an acceptable risk when balanced against the economic activity created by attempts to prevent it.
Johnson may also be unconcerned at the harm he will do to the UK’s international reputation if he starts throwing his currently-negligible weight around internationally.
He has already ruined the UK’s reputation as a trading nation by announcing his contempt for international law with a Bill that would overthrow the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
This is what happens when you give the most important job in the United Kingdom to an idler.
Johnson wants to make an impression on history and doesn’t care what it is. He probably hatched this lunacy while self-isolating in the Downing Street flat, thinking it a more profitable use of his time than… I don’t know… releasing the report on whether Priti Patel is a bully or not.
There is a saying that the Devil makes work for idle hands. It seems the Devil is now Boris Johnson’s drinking partner.
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