New PM’s reception in second city even more dire than May’s ‘tumbleweed’ visit – but Birmingham’s reaction to Corbyn far different
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the UK’s second city today – and the reception he received has led to unflattering comparisons with even the city’s reaction, or lack of it, to his predecessor.
When Theresa May visited Birmingham last year, the absence of any kind of welcome for the ‘Maybot’ led many to describe it as a ‘tumbleweed moment’. But Johnson’s arrival was greeted by angry crowds as the Etonian tried to maintain a semblance of cheer.
However, the city’s reaction to Jeremy Corbyn last September was a different matter altogether. An anti-austerity protest saw tens of thousands shouting for ‘Tories out’ and ‘Corbyn in’:
Corbyn’s ability to draw and inspire crowds is not limited to protest marches. His events in Liverpool, Manchester and Mansfield this weekend were jam-packed long before he made an appearance, with many would-be attendees unable to get in because of the demand.
Boris Johnson and Theresa May are two sides of the same coin and Johnson looks even less popular than his personality-free predecessor. But in spite of a continued and relentless anti-Corbyn media barrage and dodgy polling, the Labour leader’s appeal endures.
Integrity and humanity have a pull that can’t be imitated.
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