How Boris Johnson Became a Footnote

Why the Brutal Tory Beat Will Roll On

Boris Johnson, stuck on a zip line, during the 20212 London Olympics. Source:

Johnson treated public office like one big joke, and was content to have himself portrayed the same way in the media: as a shambling, scruffy-haired scallywag, a buffoonish bumbler always ready with a jolly jape and a sheepish shrug when he was caught out in a bit of mischief. This carried him far in a system happy to hide its rapacious corruption behind his resounding noise.

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Chris Floyd is a columnist for CounterPunch Magazine. His blog, Empire Burlesque, can be found at His twitter feed is @empireburlesque. His Instagram is

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