Those Boris Johnson despises

Be very afraid: Zoe Williams on the possibility of Boris Johnson as mayor of London | Politics | The Guardian

I know it’s a bit late as the polling stations are about to close as I write, but I found this article in today’s Guardian as I enjoyed my coffee and it’s hilarious. It also gives the actual context for Boris Johnson’s “piccaninnies” remark and it really doesn’t mitigate against the charges of racism:

His views on Liverpool were remarkable only because they led to his sacking; I’ll wager he feels the same about anywhere that isn’t Mayfair or the Highlands, pretty much. His line on Africa he gave out in 2002, when Blair visited Congo: “No doubt,” he said, “the AK47s will fall silent and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.” It ought to beggar belief, oughtn’t it? Not that this self-satisfied creature of privilege should hold such views, but that he should be able to spout them and then have us all instantly forget about it. What are we, idiots?

Williams reckons that his “speaking his mind” about Scousers, or Africans, or anyone else, doesn’t mean that “the fire of truth burns so brightly within him that he can’t snuff it out”, but that he really does despise them. There are four pages of anti-“Boris” opinions (I use the quotes because I’m really not familiar enough with him to be on first-name terms, thankfully), and some choice quotes. Notably, they go to town on his aversion to gay marriage while including three lines on Muslims, despite the fact that his magazine printed pages and pages of bile against Muslims in 2005, including several pages of Johnson’s own. Insha Allah they should be getting a letter from me shortly.

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