SST Editor predicts Boris will get the Commonwealth Cold Shoulder – yeah, nah

Jonathan Milne is a good guy, but prone to histrionics from time to time. He’s a bit wet too, but for a journalist he is pretty ethical and straight up.

He comments on Boris Johnson and shows his liberal y-fronts in the process.

Boris Johnson was a gift from his classical Greek gods to a young journalist in search of a story.

When he was a Conservative Party education spokesman and I was in London writing for The Times Educational Supplement, I’d give him a call when I needed a story on deadline. I knew if I talked to him long enough, he’d say something outrageous, something seemingly ridiculous, something secretly smart in its populist appeal.

Well, in leading Britain to its own “independence day”, Johnson has outdone himself. This scholar of Latin and ancient Greek, who turned against Europe and incited scepticism as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, has now persuaded Britain to turn in on itself and essentially shut down its borders with the continent.

Once, Johnson was seen as a lovable tousle-haired toff, tottering around London on his pushbike. Now, carried by an uncomfortable coalition of struggling blue-collar workers and the monied blue-blooded upper classes, he could soon be Prime Minister. A poll running on the Telegraph website yesterday showed him already far ahead of his Conservative colleagues with 44 per cent support to become Prime Minister.  

“I believe we now have a glorious opportunity” he said. “The most precious thing this country has given this continent is the idea of parliamentary democracy … I believe the British people have spoken up for democracy in Britain and across Europe and I believe the British people can be very proud.”

But like Icarus, in his quest for glory, he risks flying too close to the sun. As things get hot, this coalition upon which he soars will melt and crumble apart. Already, we see plans being made for a second Scottish independence referendum. Northern Ireland is discovering it has more in common with the Republic of Ireland, remaining in Europe, than with Westminster. On the European mainland, French nationalist party leader Marine Le Pen has acclaimed the English vote as licence for France, Denmark and the Netherlands to fracture from the European Union.

Perhaps, as Johnson shuts down Portsmouth ferry terminals and closes the Channel Tunnel in fear of the big scary world, he hopes to return Britain to the safe bosom of the Commonwealth.

But, fairweather friends, the days of Empire are gone. There is no place in the NRL or Super Rugby for English teams. You can’t hitch your faltering pound to our NZ dollar. New Zealand already has a North Island.

We live in a bigger, bolder, braver world. Boris Johnson must learn to do the same – or crash and burn.

Poor old Jonathan Milne seems somewhat confused. Is he like the rest of the left-wing, someone who claims to like democracy until someone he doesn’t like manages to get elected…again…and again…and again?

You see, he forgets that Boris Johnson has been elected many many many times, something Jonathan Milne has never done.

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If only we could hold the Media party to account…in ways other than not buying their publications.

 

– Sunday Star-Times


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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