Remember “live-action Gollum” Rory Stewart, who impressed us all by his performance of disgust and despair with his fellow candidates for the Tory leadership last year?
Well, he has turned up again, telling us that Boris Johnson is the “most accomplished liar in public life” and perhaps “the best liar ever to serve as prime minister” in an article in the Times Literary Supplement.
He has mastered the use of error, omission, exaggeration, diminution, equivocation and flat denial. He has perfected casuistry, circumlocution, false equivalence and false analogy.
He is equally adept at the ironic jest, the fib and the grand lie; the weasel word and the half-truth; the hyperbolic lie, the obvious lie, and the bullshit lie – which may inadvertently be true.
Because he has been so famous for this skill for so long, he can use his reputation to ascend to new levels of playful paradox.
This Writer begs to disagree. If Johnson is a famous liar, then it follows that his lies have been found out. There is no point in lying if you are going to be unsuccessful in keeping those lies hidden.
Sure, Johnson gets away with his lies because he’s the prime minister now, and he can say and do whatever he likes without any fear of consequences. As This Site has mentioned before, he is above the law.
But that isn’t being a successful liar. In fact, he is an extremely poor liar because we all know he’s lying.
And one day his lies will catch him up and he will face a reckoning.
… but not for a while yet – according to Stewart – because the general public is letting this liar get away with his falsehoods, and letting him ruin the UK in the process.
According to The New European,
He says the public is “fully aware” of Johnson’s tendency to lie and voted for him because of a general distrust in politicians to tell the truth and that his bumbling nature “flatters us by allowing us to feel we always know more than him”.
Stewart concludes: “Unless we begin to repair our political institutions and nurture a society that places more emphasis on personal and political virtue, we will have more to fear than Boris Johnson”.
In a way, this is heartening as it suggests that Johnson is living on borrowed time.
Sooner or later, the public will tire of Johnson. He’ll lie about a policy that harms too close to home and they’ll turn on him and rip him to shreds, as has happened to so many other Con leaders before him.
But we have already given him all the power he wants. Who knows what apocalypse he will visit upon us before he meets his own private Waterloo?
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