Fintan O’Toole: Boris Johnson has stopped being funny

Johnson is not evil, but he is a deeply unserious manchild who pursues only his own pleasures – while ruining the country he purports to love

Boris Johnson:  trying to snatch glorious defeat from the jaws of his accidental victory, to recreate Brexit as a Lost Cause.  Photograph: Steve Back/Getty Images

Boris Johnson: trying to snatch glorious defeat from the jaws of his accidental victory, to recreate Brexit as a Lost Cause. Photograph: Steve Back/Getty Images

As Winston Churchill did not say, never in the field of human conflict has so much harm been done to so many by a mere chancer. Never has a great democracy’s fate hung on so fatuous a figure.

Boris Johnson is not fundamentally malign. And he is certainly no mastermind, evil or otherwise. He is just deeply unserious, a manchild whose public life has been no more continent than his private life. He acts on impulse, pursuing his own pleasures and ambitions. He understands the world as a kid understands a sweetshop – a store of possibilities for immediate self-gratification.

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