Boris Johnson is really typically talked about as a fortunate politician, rather frequently by individuals who want to explain that his luck has gone out.
When Michael Gove turned on him, when he stopped as foreign secretary over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, all were apparent denouements for the fortunate man. However luck bears down more heavily upon you when you are not in control of occasions.
That his first prime minister’s concerns dealing with Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer should take location the day after the UK formally tape-recorded the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe, and the second-largest in the world, is nothing to do with luck. It is a direct effect of his own actions. It didn’t require to be like this.
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That the very first concern he would get from his new interrogator in chief should end with the justifiably disdainful words, “How did it pertain to this prime minister?” is also not a matter of luck.
It is certainly bad luck that Johnson looks totally knackered. A week in extensive care followed by a night in the maternity unit is responsible to do that to a guy.
When inquired about his commanding one of the world’s worst nationwide actions to coronavirus and the incredible, preventable death toll for which he bears duty, would a less tired Johnson have thought better than to state that “worldwide contrasts are not always precise”?
We ask this since Johnson is the key member of the current generation of Tory political leaders, the one that has never emotionally left the Oxford Union, which is to say the most malignant generation in our country’s history, for whom life is all simply one huge debate.
Would he not have actually seen what would come next, which would be Starmer holding up among the government’s own slides, from among its more than 50 interview on successive days, in which all it does is compare the scale of the UK’s outbreak to other countries, and quietly mentioning that it “does not hold water” that the day on which the UK’s death toll would become the highest in Europe should likewise be the day that we should all stop comparing ourselves with other countries.
Hardly a sentence seems to ever be composed about Starmer without mentioning his past as the nation’s chief prosecutor, and the truth that there is no shortage of prosecuting now to be done. Backstories and CVs do not make excellent political leaders. People simply have it or they don’t.
Most likely, it helped him that the chamber was empty. In-depth, hard concerns could not be blustered away. There was no traditional Tory backbench baboon chorus to be trusted to increase to the empty chest beating of their chimpanzee leader.
At one point, Johnson just breezily doubled the coronavirus testing target to 200,000 a day by the end of the month. This remained in action to the overwhelming evidence that the current target was a PR exercise and fundamentally a joke, so he just issued a new one.
None of this is to state that Johnson’s luck has actually run out. Not even close. It’s hardly the case that he is unlucky to need to deal with Starmer, when his predecessor had three comparatively wonderful years of Jeremy Corbyn.