Boris Johnson is a coward and a fraudster

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Nick Cohen, writing in The Spectator, thoroughly demolishes Boris Johnson over his abhorrent article in The Sun today about Barack Obama

Johnson showed this morning that he is a man without principle or shame. He is a braying charlatan, who lacks the courage even to be an honest bastard, for there is a kind of bastardly integrity in showing the world who you really are, but instead uses the tactics of the coward and the tricks of the fraudster to advance his worthless career.

He might have replied to President Obama’s argument that we should stay in the EU with arguments of his own. When Obama said that the EU magnified British influence in the world, Johnson might have shown how our membership diminished us. When Obama said that the EU spread values that had been nurtured in Britain — democracy, the rule of law and open markets — Johnson might have shown how the opposite was the case. When Obama, spoke of the special relationship between Britain and America, Johnson might have reassured doubters by explaining how it would survive Brexit. When Obama implied that the United States was worried sick because only Britain and the West’s enemies wanted us to leave, Johnson might have given us his thoughts on where we would stand in the world once we were gone.

But to do that would require Johnson to deploy facts British voters could check, and come up with arguments we could test. He would have to, in short, engage in rational debate. Only a fool would believe that he could. True to his recent form, Johnson preferred to imitate Donald Trump.

The whole piece is a wonderful takedown. Boris Johnson has stooped to a new low.

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