Johnson booed out of hospital after staged PR stunt – and that was just the beginning
Labour wags have dubbed Boris Johnson ‘Maybot2’ after a disastrous start to his general election campaign in which the Tory leader – supposedly more capable in public than his predecessor – fled from a hospital visit to loud jeers and boos from furious staff and patients he had tried to avoid.
Johnson’s campaign descended into chaos from day one as a string of senior Tories said they would not be standing for re-election – and Jeremy Corbyn received the ultimate boost when Donald Trump told Nigel Farage on LBC how bad he thought the Labour leader would be.
The list of Tory MPs not be standing is as long as the proverbial arm – and includes several, such as Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames and former Foreign Office minister Alastair Burt – that Johnson had only just restored to the Conservative ‘whip’ this week in his attempt to win Commons votes:
Corbyn had already made a powerful start to Labour’s campaign with a powerful and widely-praised launch speech packed with policies and vision, while Labour’s huge grassroots have hit the ground both running and buzzing.
But the party has been boosted even further by the sight of Johnson’s chaos, even if the Establishment media are dutifully ignoring it.
A senior Labour insider told the SKWAWKBOX:
We’ve made a fantastic start to our campaign, but of course the media are doing their damndest to give a different impression.
Pundits have been saying this won’t be like 2017 because Johnson is no Theresa May, claiming he’s good with the public.
But on day one he’s already looking like Maybot 2 – and while he’s busy fleeing the public, a lot of his MPs are busy fleeing him. The Trump comments were just the icing on the cake.
The supposedly ‘mainstream’ media as bad and complicit as ever – but even they can’t hide Johnson’s huge personal and political shortcomings, or the strengths of Labour, its leader and its mass support.
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