Melanie Phillips: Is it an act or has Boris really lost the plot?

Either way, “something horrible appears to have happened to the Johnson grey matter.”

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50 Responses to Melanie Phillips: Is it an act or has Boris really lost the plot?

  1. H B Bear says:

    The UK experiences Potential Greatness,

  2. incoherent rambler says:

    Melanie Phillips – I like her writings.

  3. Chris M says:

    Vaccine.

  4. Tezza says:

    Boris’ comment was so preposterously internally idiotic I felt he must have been taking the piss, much like when he told voters while campaigning to become Mayor of London that if they voted for him, they would become more likely to drive a BMW M3 and their wives would have bigger breasts. (I’m roughly quoting from memory.)
    But while I could see the jocular point of the earlier direct appeal for voter support in the mayoral contest, I can’t see what he was trying to achieve with this latest non sequitur. It seems more likely to have the effect Melanie warns of.

  5. Richard says:

    He should never have crossed Dominic Cummings, it will be the end of him.

  6. Rayvic says:

    It is indeed worrying. Whatever Joe Biden is afflicted with, appears contagious — now Boris has been affected.

    Did Scomo derive anything useful from his meeting with the two at G7?

  7. Infidel Tiger says:

    He contracted wokeness by proxy.

    His wife is a loon.

  8. Lazlo says:

    I suspect Boris thought he was being ironic, telling an in-house joke to Pierre, Angelika et al. All theatre. The play’s the thing.

  9. win says:

    Perhaps it was his previous wife who we are ow told was not a real marriage that was the power behind the throne ,or at least the voice of reason.

  10. Bad Samaritan says:

    Lazlo‘s kinda nailed it at (11.43pm). Boris has a background in debating, where the “deliciously” tongue-in-cheek remark is a big winner with adjudicators. Must be inane but said with the straightest face possible.

    No-one with more than 10% of a functioning brain (ie everyone except genuine leftist followers) could fail to miss the absurdity of something being both gender-neutral and feminine. Thus, I see it as a put-down of the woke. Later the same day or thereabouts Boris was signing deals for tens of thousands of pommies to jet around the world to Oz….and also to import a hundred times the ” Great Barrier Reef destroying” sugar the UK currently does from here. Well?

    It’s all a little laugh. Like the staged photos where everyone’s on a chair 3 metres away from one another for the official G7 photos, and then bear hugging one another full-on when the f’wits of the press aren’t looking.

  11. gardez bien says:

    Were that true Bad Samaritan – and one hopes it is – then fine. Yet it does us no good.
    The Woke themselves are too stupid to get the joke, they simply assume they are winning. As Melanie Philips points out the Red Wall – decent folk – have no truck with stupid urban lefties. Boris ought to be championing them and saving Brexit, under renewed attack.

    I’d forgotten about Laputa, an island where the elites were once inventive but come to lack all practical knowledge. The men sit about chatting all day while the women are whores.

    Boris should stop.being foolish. As it stands, most people think he is xunt struck and newly woke. I’m afraid that’s not good enough.

    .

  12. Miltonf says:

    Blojo wasn’t joking with his ban on ice cars in 2030. No point in whistling in the dark. Blojo is part of the problem.

  13. Tintarella di Luna says:

    In terms of highend fashion at the G7 there was very little though I must say Target/K-Mart/Walmart must be struggling to keep up with the fashion choices of Mrs Carrie Johnson and Dr Jill “Farrah” Biden flying off the shelves. I miss Melania.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    It is really sad to see him melt like this after staying the course on Brexit against everything the elites could do. Maybe the French will help him out by turning off the interconnectors, which Macron’s threatened to do. A few nasty blackouts and he may get the message.

  15. Scott Osmond says:

    Boris was always a buffoon. He said and did what was necessary to get the ring. Now we get to see the real Boris. Notice that the ban on internal combustion vehicles by 2030 wasn’t announced before the 2019 election? I could go on but then we’d have a wall of text. I’m not convinced by the argument that he’s trying to keep the missus sweet.

  16. Igor says:

    It’s not Boris. It’s ‘Dave’ (as in the movie).
    They swapped him out for a double when he went into hospital for the Wuhan Lab Virus.
    Either that or the treatment does alter your DNA.

  17. bollux says:

    “something horrible appears to have happened to the Johnson grey matter.”
    Happens to a lot of men, it’s called “pussy”.

  18. Shane says:

    Better get used to it, we are going to see a lot more of these vaxxidents.
    It does look like Boris didn’t qualify for the saline version.

  19. BrettW says:

    You vote Conservative and get the current version of Boris who is now far from it.

  20. H B Bear says:

    He contracted wokeness by proxy.
    His wife is a loon.

    Or just thinking with his dick. He wouldn’t be the first.

  21. flyingduk says:

    Boris, Harry, its the same malady – this is why you dont want women in government, combat or the Australia Club. 100 years after women get the vote, nations fall, it happens EVERY.FCUKING.TIME

  22. Mango Man says:

    flyingduk: you are a genius. But now that women have been voting in most countries for over 100 years it would appear that every nation has fallen (by your count). Except perhaps the Great Republic of Australian Blokes, besieged but holding out in Macquarie Street Sydney?.

  23. Chromebumper says:

    I don’t think I would trust him until he gets a sensible haircut!

  24. OldOzzie says:

    However, something horrible appears to have happened to the Johnson grey matter. An early symptom of this affliction (which he seems to have contracted directly from an earlier and distressing victim of Cabinet Cognitive Collapse, Michael Gove) was his evangelical promotion of “net zero” carbon emissions to arrest “climate change”.

    Through this policy, he intends to fleece the poor for the high-minded privilege of freezing to death, ramp up inflation and cripple the economy while undoing much of the industrial revolution. This is in order to alter the composition and course of the climate, a system which is impenetrably complex, non-linear and chaotic but whose alteration he seriously proposes to achieve by reducing one already minute factor in its composition — the equivalent of the attempt to extract sunbeams from cucumbers in Jonathan Swift’s satirical island of Laputa.

    Summed up by

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    Absent decarbonization shock treatment, humans will be wedded to petroleum and other fossil fuels for longer than they would like. Wind and solar power reach new heights every year but still represent just 5% of global primary energy consumption. In this year’s energy paper, we review why decarbonization is taking so long: transmission obstacles, industrial energy use, the gargantuan mineral and pipeline demands of sequestration and the slow motion EV revolution. Other topics include our oil & gas views, President Biden’s energy agenda, China, the Texas power outage and client questions on electrified shipping, sustainable aviation fuels, low energy nuclearpower, hydrogen and carbon accounting.

  25. Andre Lewis says:

    Boris is intelligent but not necessarily smart so he lets his nether regions affect his brain and mouth while not always connecting them.

  26. candy says:

    Watching the video, I feel he was trying in indicate he believed in the new diversity/feminisation guff/green policies, but putting a lighthearted view of it so as not to upset his conservative supporters. Trying to fool them into thinking his green ideas are no big deal, but he held these ideals so get used to it. A little trickery.

  27. Roger says:

    Johnson was always an anti-car loon.

    When he left the office of mayor of London he said his greatest achievement was London’s new bicycle “superhighways” and that he should have built more.

  28. Leo G says:

    All the world’s a stage for Boris.
    Global politics descending into wilful mayhem blindness and madness is his own revision of Shakespeare’s King Lear.
    Boris, Vlad, Joe, Xi, the Machiavellian frenchman, etc play out as perfect naturals.

  29. dopey says:

    Thinking with his plonker.

  30. Biota says:

    How can something be more equal? 2+2=4 but 5 is more equal and 3 is less equal?

  31. kingsley says:

    I note Jacob Rees-Mogg defended and supported the “boo-ers”” at the soccer. He correctly diagnosed it as the push back against “wokeness” and that its origins are BLM which is antithesis to Western society. Time the Tories cut to the damn chase and put JRM in charge.

  32. min says:

    Well old time truism about brains flying out of the window . He was as bad as Biden all over the place for his vision of the world .

  33. johanna says:

    Rees Mogg is a COVID panicker whose commitment to civil liberties vanished in the face of what might well be his own hypochondria.

    Sadly, obvious contenders for the job in the so called Conservative Party are very thin on the ground.

  34. C.L. says:

    Johnson was always an anti-car loon.

    Just loon will do.
    I’ve never liked or trusted him and I’m surprised so many people were taken in by his phony rambunctious act. Start with the vainly arranged ‘messy’ hair-do and then move on to the theatrically crafted ‘eccentricity’. Throw in the exaggerated stellar intellect – which even Phillips falls for when referring to his alleged ability to do business in Latin and authoring a book on Shakespeare (yawn) – and the near-sociopathic disregard for wives, paramours and unborn babies, and what you’re looking at is a narcissistic buffoon of the first rank.

  35. PB says:

    “something horrible appears to have happened to the Johnson grey matter”

    Appears to have? Did she think he at any stage possessed grey matter?

  36. Richard says:

    Is it an act or has Boris really lost the plot?

    Yes, it’s an act, he’s always been a massive hypocrite. In his hypocrisy, he used to be quite funny though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjeUrIc61KM

  37. Primer says:

    The Conservatives would get relief from pandering to the ratbag left if they let Scotland go.
    SNP, LDs are Labor seats estranged, they are part of any Labour vote in the Commons.
    Labour has little chance of nominating a PM without Scotland in any normal election.
    Let the EU subsidise their arses. And England needs a wall to keep disappointed welfare deserters out.

  38. DaveR says:

    Whatever the cause of Boris’ brain-melt, the Tories must get him out quickly and save his considerable achievements (eg Brexit, Red Wall) before they’re all lost through his current malaise.

  39. Boambee John says:

    Let the EU subsidise their arses. And England needs a wall to keep disappointed welfare deserters out.

    Build on the foundations left by Hadrian?

  40. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Rees Mogg is a COVID panicker whose commitment to civil liberties vanished in the face of what might well be his own hypochondria.

    None of that is true.

  41. Kneel says:

    “In this year’s energy paper, we review why decarbonization is taking so long…”

    Simple, really – it took us about 100 years to create the current fossil fuel infrastructure. Mines, wells, refineries, wholesale and retail outlets, transportation, uses etc.
    Now you want to duplicate it with another technology.
    What makes you think you can do so in 10, or even 20 years? Are there even sufficient resources to do it and still keep a functioning society, let alone the cash to pay for it all?

  42. Kneel says:

    BoJo was only ever elected for one reason – honesty.
    He made many mistakes, but seemed prepared to admit as much and try to fix it.
    Sure, he was incompetent, but so were all the rest – and they were dishonest to boot!

    Now that he is PM, he has a gaggle of “advisors” to tell him what is the politically expedient thing to do. They are wrong. Had he stayed his course and remained honest and open, he would remain wildly popular. Instead, he has been “captured by the system” and is no better than all the rest. Sad, but true.

    Oddly (or perhaps not so much after all), this sounds much like Trump in the US – just a somewhat higher level of incompetence on BoJo’s part and an unwillingness to stay the course.

  43. H B Bear says:

    Johnson was always an anti-car loon.

    I think that probably applies to anyone who has attempted to drive in London. To other cars, of course.

  44. A reader says:

    Boris wasn’t always anti-war. He used to be motoring writer for GQ Magazine

  45. Paul says:

    Boris knows what happened to Trump.
    He’s playing their game.

  46. Joanna Smythe says:

    Boris is just being Boris. He did have Covid. He has been injected with experimental drugs. He has been mixing with all sorts of weird foreign Leaders. He was weird in the first place.

  47. Bad Samaritan says:

    Tezza at 10.53pm has already got it right…. “Boris’ comment was so preposterously internally idiotic I felt he must have been taking the piss”….so why this endless analysis?

    If any Cat can explain how Boris’ “and in a more gender-neutral — and perhaps in a more feminine way.” is anything other than a piss-take, please do so.

    I’ve highlighted the piss-take for the dim-witted. FFS!

  48. egg_ says:

    The UK experiences Potential Greatness,

    Greenism seems like a virtue signalling magnet to narcs.

    What of the separation of Church and State, oh great polymath Boris – should you be banging a Green zealot?

  49. egg_ says:

    Boris is just being Boris. He did have Covid. He has been injected with experimental drugs. He has been mixing with all sorts of weird foreign Leaders. He was weird in the first place.

    Looks like he’s porked out to a M0nty class land whale.

  50. egg_ says:

    Throw in the exaggerated stellar intellect – which even Phillips falls for when referring to his alleged ability to do business in Latin and authoring a book on Shakespeare (yawn)

    More potential greatness.

    IME true polymaths don’t call attention to their (many) efforts – they just “git ‘er done” in true Larry-the-Cable-Guy fashion.

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