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Who’ll warn Boris of elephant traps ahead?


OH dear, doesn’t Boris have someone streetwise as his media watchdog? Clearly not. Even the Telegraph enjoyed the spectacle of the Johnson ambush in Luxembourg which made for all those humiliating headlines. The photo across the front pages had all the hallmarks of a set-up, fixed beforehand with the court jester’s photographers rather like the one with Macron last month, with that convenient table to put his feet on and look like an oaf.

In this one, Boris is posed as though reaching out, stretching, hoping to be allowed to shake the great man Jean-Claude Juncker’s hand.

He’d have done better to be pictured passing a large glass of water and giant Alka-Seltzer to the old drunk.

At least, according to my Swiss wife, Boris looks the decent person whose left hand implies that he’s not sure he’s doing the right thing. (Continentals study this stuff!) Juncker is the old arrogant Mafia Don who has no interest in any kind of deal. That makes sense. He’s almost retired. Merkel told him to play charades. She doesn’t need Boris or Juncker as long as she has Bercow running our Parliament for her.

As far as I can see the people in Number Ten and the FCO staff in Brussels are all half asleep. Otherwise, one can but conclude that they don’t care or even prefer if the Prime Minister is set up. Were the crowd of protesters British employees of the Commission or were they shipped in for the event? Most Belgians are far too busy engaged in their prandial or post-prandial activities at that time of day for any form of distraction.

Whether they were or not Boris is being caught out too many times, which means he doesn’t see things coming.

It also means that those around him either don’t anticipate the dirty tricks or chose not to warn him. Whatever the reason is, they’re not up to the job and he should send them packing along with Hammond, Letwin and Co.

Meanwhile our Swiss friends can’t understand why Bercow, Corbyn et al are not already in the Tower for treason. They think David Starkey should be made Lord Chancellor.

Finally all the Swiss that I talk to, from a variety of professions and walks of life, ask why doesn’t the British media find out how much money the Germans/EU are paying all these people and organisations in Britain.

In Swtzerland they call a spade a spade. They don’t talk about ‘our friends and neighbours’. Here everyone knows the Germans have control of Europe.

‘The Germans don’t go to war these days, they buy you,’ the young lady said who runs meals on wheels for workers in the surrounding villages. And quite spontaneously.

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Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill. Former soldier and diplomat, afterwards member of CBI Council and author.

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