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So I was going to wait with this one. But events are moving fast. The whole Brexit debacle aside, it is entirely possible a Tory leadership contest is on the way.

And you thought Gove was bad. I mean he is, he's pure evil. But still. Brace yourselves.
I was chatting with a few folks tonight about the possibility of Johnson vs Corbyn. My main concern was, and is, the "lesser Trump" narrative. Ken Clarke pretty much exemplifies it here. If Johnson does fight a GE, expect to see a lot of this.

telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/3…
Of course, this plays into Johnson's public perception - the bumbling buffoon. It is widely known that Johnson intentionally plays this up. So far, he's had success with it. But combined with the lesser Trump narrative, it could be extremely dangerous.
Boris Johnson has palled up to Donald Trump since he became President - a President licking his lips at the prospect of carving up the NHS further and completely.

telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/1…
So I've given a quick summary. Boris Johnson, bit of a buffoon, possibly dangerous. But those establishment types are rubbish, right? Perhaps we should give old Bo-Jo a try?

Let's delve deeper.
In 1987, Johnson joined The Times through his family connections and got to work.

Within months Johnson had been sacked. His crime? He made up a quote which he attributed to his own godfather, historian Colin Lucas.

It was his first front page.

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Not before he doubled down on the lie though, and wrote a second story attempting to vindicate the first.

But forward to 1990.

Y'know, that time when Johnson conspired with a criminal to have a journalist assaulted.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
Yes. You heard me. The time when Johnson was called by his old Etonian friend Darius Guppy who was all in a spin because his criminal dealings were about to be exposed by the journalist Stuart Collier.

Guppy wanted Collier assaulted and terrified. Boris didn't say no.
What the two of them didn't know was that the call was being recorded. The transcript was released years later - and here it is. Multiple screenshots incoming.
This seems normal. This is totally a normal phone call.
And more screenshots - apologies, but I mean come on - this is insane.
And yeah, that's the totally normal convo finished whatnot
Go on - one more for context. And here's the link to the article again too.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
Coincidentally, Guppy finally went to prison in 1993 and was sentenced to five years for his part in faking a jewel robbery and committing insurance fraud. He has since disappeared from public laugh.

Btw, you've seen this photo before? Back row, 4th on the right - that's Guppy.
So let's move forward to 2008. By this point, Johnson is essentially a media darling. Almost like our system was broken long before Brexit, but I digress. Boris returned to the Telegraph on £250,000 a year - a sum which he described as "chicken feed".

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/l…
This isn't particularly shocking - it has been documented that Johnson's staff had to persuade him to donate a portion of the wage to charity, something that Johnson resisted - and then brought up later (by Johnson) to defend his own "chicken feed" comments.
So we're well aware that Johnson has friends within the press, it's well known. And it is fair to presume that if he didn't have friends in high places then he wouldn't be so influential now.

Based on what he's written in the past, this is an even more compelling argument.
So we've heard that Johnson fabricated a front page quote in 1987. Long time ago, right? Naw. Johnson was fake news before fake news was fake news. In 2007, Johnson called for the end of London's "bendy-buses".

standard.co.uk/news/scrap-the…
Speaking at a Tory hustings, Johnson said : "We should on day one, act one, scene one, hold a competition to get rid of the bendy bus. They wipe out cyclists, there are many cyclists killed every year by them.

In the ten year operation of the bendy buses not one cyclist died.
He was also forced to apologise for articles published in the Spectator when he was editor - including one that argued that black people have lower IQ than other people.

standard.co.uk/news/mayor/bor…
Prime Minister Razak : "Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68 per cent will be women entering our universities."

Johnson : "They've got to find men to marry."

independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
Here's one. Johnson came out with a biography of Churchill in 2014 called The Churchill Factor which many critics called out for containing several self-serving comparisons between Johnson and Churchill.

Reminds me of something.
So another couple of general points and then I want to clear the field for... well, just a cavalcade of racism, bigotry and corruption.

We're not done yet I'm afraid.
Interestingly, in 2013 Johnson famously referred to Britons as "lazy". Owen Jones's article is an excellent retort and I would encourage you to read it, but I thought this particular point laid waste to Johnson's nonsense.

independent.co.uk/voices/comment…
The reason I say interesting? Boris has a reputation for laziness and lateness specifically. His school reports notoriously put him down as a slacker. There are a myriad of people from his professional career who have said the same.

Takes one to know one, I guess. Or to judge.
Now, Johnson wants to portray a public image of "protecting family values", etc. He wanted to protect marriage so much in 2000 that he said "We don't want our children being taught some rubbish about homosexual marriage being the same as normal marriage."

theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/48…
Funny that. Why?

Johnson doesn't really have a great track record when it comes to "family values". This was only revealed when a judge decided that it was in the public interest. The judge wasn't wrong.

theguardian.com/politics/2013/…
Boris was also sacked by Michael Howard as Vice-Chair of the Tories (and also as Shadow Arts Minister) for his affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt in 2004.

It's almost like we've been here before or something.

web.archive.org/web/2004121317…
"Johnson’s philandering can be seen as simply a personal matter: consensual sex is jolly good fun isn’t it? But it is not the fact that this man is busy “bonking”, as the tabloids claim, that rankles, but that he repeatedly lies about it."

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
So... where are we. Media influence? Check. Hanging with criminals? Check. The fact that he's a lying, cheating womaniser who preaches about marriage and family values? Check.

Let's get onto the bigotry then. Sigh.
So we're all pretty aware of Johnson's record here. You might be surprised at how much of it there is.
In 2002, Johnson said : "It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies."

metro.co.uk/2016/07/14/11-…
Johnson seems to have a thing about that particular term. This came a year later, in 2003.

Also Rod Liddle, ugh

theguardian.com/media/2003/oct…
I mean... Theresa May made him Foreign Sec. Nine years after this.

"Mr Johnson was accused of being "rude, arrogant and disrespectful" for accepting the Olympic flag with one hand, putting his hands in his pockets and not buttoning up his jacket."

telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics…
Of course, his comments regarding Turkey joining the EU (making overtures about 76 million Turks) during the Brexit campaign were a blatant dogwhistle. Comments which he then denied recently, only to get a reality check.

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
He also infamously was racially abusive towards US President Barack Obama in 2016, saying that he was "part-Kenyan" with an "ancestral dislike of Britain".

Also tying into the birther conspiracies and validating the far-right yaaaaaaay

bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/artic…
In 2017 Boris extolled the virtues of Indian whisky and free trade whilst visiting a Sikh Gurdwara. When challenged by a Sikh woman, Johnson brushed off the criticism and later said "I was making a very good point that I continue to make."

Whadda apology

bbc.co.uk/news/av/electi…
And of course, Boris Johnson in a Myanmar temple in 2017. Reciting the pro-colonial poem Manderley, by Kipling.

This one's a watcher.

In August last year, Johnson's column comparing women who wear burkas to "letterboxes" came out.

Coincidentally, Baroness Warsi came out at the time and called it out.

What month is this?

What YEAR is this?

bbc.com/news/uk-politi…
Johnson was cleared in December by an internal Conservative investigation.

I wonder why there's a problem with Islamophobia in the Conservative Party?

news.sky.com/story/boris-jo…
Of course, considering the company Johnson is keeping these days, it's hardly a surprise.

buzzfeednews.com/article/lester…
But Johnson indulges in all manner of bigotry.

I genuinely found this so, so abhorrent.

pinknews.co.uk/2018/01/05/bor…
He was also forced to apologise to Liverpudlians in 2004 for an article that accused them of wallowing in victimhood and also attributed blame to Liverpool supporters for Hillsborough.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politi…
His time as Foreign Sec was brief of course. It speaks volumes about May's "leadership" that she effectively attempted to sideline Johnson by giving him FS - a role with more ceremony than power, arguably.

She was prepared to do that despite his record to protect herself.
Real lives are destroyed by decisions such as these. Such as that of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is still in prison in Iran to this day.

His comments effectively doubled her sentence.

bbc.com/news/uk-418908…
But even before this, he was courting controversy claiming that Sirte in Libya could be the new Dubai if they just "cleared the dead bodies away."

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
On a different slant now. After Johnson resigned as FS... well, it turned out he couldn't even resign properly, breaching the Ministerial Code in doing so.

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
"The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) said Mr Johnson did not observe a minimum three-month waiting period for taking up new jobs.

The watchdog said it was "unacceptable" Mr Johnson had not sought its advice before signing the contract."

Have a look.
December last year REALLY wasn't a good month for Johnson.

Not that much noise was made about it really.

businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-…
Failing to report your earnings nine times... well, some would regard that as habitual. Just to bring us up to date, here's the latest most recent hit.

inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-…
So I could go on. And on. And on and on and on. This is the guy credited with the "Euromyth", after all. Farage might be a mouthy right-wing prat, but Johnson has had his fingers in the establishment till for decades.
A few bonus balls. Here's when he got away with no censure for his affair with Helen Macintyre (who as you'll remember gave birth to his child which was revealed in 2013)

theguardian.com/politics/2010/…
Some cronyism from 2009.

theguardian.com/politics/2009/…
2011, when he admitted "caveats" in the youth crime figures. He also called the head of the UK Statistics Authority a "Labour stooge".

Talk about a sign of things to come.

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
And June last year when he just said "F*ck business"

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
So. I want to leave you with this article from the New Statesman. I read it before compiling this thread and boy, is it worth a read. If you want a more detailed look at some of the things I've described here, you'll get some of that here.

newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…
There's one quote that really stood out to me though.
Johnson IS fake news. He perpetuates it. He spreads it. He embodies it. He's spent his entire life spreading misinformation and fear in order to get ahead. But at his core, he's an Etonian Tory and everything that goes with it. Including cruelty.

I'll leave you with a quote.
He loves a hunt.

Thanks to all of you who have stuck this thread to the end. I hope you've learned something that can help you campaign or fight back against this sleazy lunatic. I have.

Solidarity always - and support @ARMilani_, our fantastic candidate to beat Boris.

#GTTO
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