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A deservedly personal attack, but hardly a political one
30 December 2018
This is a deservedly personal attack, but not much of a political one. Written just before the Brexit Referendum, the late Heathcote Williams (d.2017) shows Johnson's defended venality on many matters, but hardly at all in terms of public policy. The subject had served two terms as London mayor, but if you want insight into how bad his policies were or how unprepared he was for London Assembly meetings, you won't find it here. Equally important, there's no attempt to explain his huge popularity within the Tories' membership and the country at large. In fairness, this was not intended as a real book, but an easy, if concise and welcome smear. The author discredits BJ's (former) mates but then uses their quotes against him anyway! This was republished as BORIS JOHNSON ~ THE BLOND BEAST OF BREXIT ~ A STUDY IN DEPRAVITY (London Review of Books, 2017) and they could have edited the repetition of quotes, but did not.