We recognise bullying when we see it, and we look for idealism in politicians – not the vindictiveness on display from Johnson and May.
“I apologise to mugwumps everywhere for inadvertently comparing them to Jeremy Corbyn,” Boris Johnson said on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, after calling Corbyn a “mutton-headed old mugwump” in a column that morning for The Sun. Although his choice of words may seem lighthearted, this was a tactical, cruel move. That much was clear on reading the rest of the column, which began “the biggest risk with Jeremy Corbyn is that people just don’t get what a threat he really is,” and continued in that vein. It helped remind me – and other young people too, I’m sure – that the Tories are still, at heart, the “nasty party”, as Theresa May once called them.
Of course, Johnson’s toxic, foppish humour will always appeal…
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