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Readers’ comments: Johnson fiddles while Britain burns

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In response to Kathy Gyngell: Decisive Trump quells the panic, defeatist Johnson ramps it up,

Oaknash wrote:

Absolutely spot on, Kathy. You said ‘Unlike the positive, front-foot Americans, the British political elite fails to see itself as it is – totally lacking in self awareness yet so sure of its own moral (woke) superiority’, and I couldn’t agree more.


One fiddles whilst Rome burns – unsure what to do and frozen like a rabbit in the headlights afraid to upset, disturb and shake confidence in the false world of unreality, self-interest and self-absorption it has allowed to flourish under its watch. And the other, well, acts like a leader, building the water pumps and making the hoses that will put the fire out, and even if they don’t work at least people will see something is being done and appreciate that their leader is on their side.

I was chatting to a neighbour yesterday, an ex-civil servant who spent his whole working life shuffling papers and retired early on a large pension. He was scoffing about Trump and I reminded him that away from the pro elite/political class media he actually strikes a chord with many working-class Americans who appreciate that he is on their side and in all likelihood will re-elect him.

Maybe I was wrong about Boris: he is a leader, but only a leader of the liberal political class. Perhaps it is time for him to remember that there is a country out there beyond the boundaries of either Londonistan or the Cotswolds and that we expect our leaders to do just that – lead.

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