There were some awful meltdowns by politicians during the recent General Election campaign. Diane Abbott’s was probably the most famous – because it was pushed to a probably racist and misogynist degree by broadcasters and press in an attempt to damage Labour. But Ms Abbott was ill with diabetes and her brief confusion was a classic example of low blood sugar, unsurprising after 6 straight interviews that morning.
Even worse – but less publicised (except on this blog) were the multiple ‘car-crash’ appearances by Michael Fallon and the inability of Chancellor Philip Hammond to get one simple budget figure correct.
But the complete implosion of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson eclipses any of them.
It eclipses all of them together.
Johnson spoke (if you’re generous enough to call it that) to the BBC’s Eddie Mair after the Queen’s Speech and attempted to portray it as less than a disaster so bad that it even ruffled the Queen’s composure.
At least, we think that’s what he was trying to do. It was hard to tell:
Johnson – a national embarrassment as Foreign Secretary – has made a career out of playing the buffoon, but this wasn’t playing – or buffoonery.
It was a meltdown that should end any notion that he’s a future leadership prospect – and the terrible Queen’s Speech he imploded over should end any notion that Theresa May is a current one.
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