Brexit Boris: From Mayor to Nightmare Paperback – 5 Sep 2016
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About the Author
Heathcote Williams is a poet, playwright, essayist, lyricist, actor, artist, magician, political agitator and much else besides. His publications include Whale Nation (Cape, 1988), Royal Babylon (Mighty Pen, 2012), Sacred Elephant (Cape, 1989), Forbidden Fruit (Huxley Scientific Press, 2011), Autogeddon (Cape, 1991) and Badshah Khan Islamic Peace Warrior (Thin Man Press, 2015). As an actor he has appeared in many films, including The Tempest, Wish You Were Here, Orlando and Alice in Wonderland.
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…could be easily inverted from mare to nightmayor – given his braying and whinnying and the alleged part time nature of his mayoralty. But this is mere word play from a reviewer limbering up for a review of Heathcote Williams’ clear and muscular account of the political ascendancy of Boris Johnson. The ladder of chapters thus descends from ‘Bubbles of Dissent and Suspicion’ – down 11 rungs to ‘The Man With No Moral Compass’, as this foreign secretary is foisted onto an incredulous world. I have heard it said that Mrs May’s strategy is one gaff and you’re out mate. Shouldn’t be too long then. Williams charts Johnson’s journey of duplicity and media manipulation with forensic application; a truffling out of lesser know facts like Johnson’s fixing of London traffic light timings to favour the car over the pedestrian - to the better known example of his sacking from The Times at running false copy in the name of his Godfather and his opportunism around the Leave vote. The value of this book is that it brings everything together, under one truth as it were. The writing has a clear flow, as the author, a fine poet and playwrite does not want ‘writerliness’ getting in the way of his account. There’s a blinding fly page, with a Ralph Steadman cartoon, (or splat painting of Johnson as a – splat, underneath which is a quote from Wolf in Pulp Fiction ‘Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.’ This is profound, and gets to the basic contradiction of B Johnson, in that you can create an edifice of personality, under which there is little substance. In demolishing this character, Williams builds a case to answer. How do people like Johnson and Trump fool so many people? As I read it I wondered about the infantile condition of omnipotence. Within good enough child development, the desperate need to be all powerful falls away during the toddler years as s/he realises that their needs are being met. I’ll let the thought hang in the air – like Bo-Jo on that zipwire.