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Boris Johnson, a date with destiny

December 11, 2019

The 'premier' had sponsored Brexit and must now prove that it was the panacea that the United Kingdom needs


Boris Johnson (New York, 1964) has an appointment with fate this Thursday. Its premiere in a general election coincides with the most important elections faced by the United Kingdom in peacetime, a transcendence that derives, precisely, from the project that in February 2016 had decided to sponsor as the instrument to achieve its ambition for a lifetime of Move to Downing Street: Brexit.

Many consider that the weight in the referendum of whom, by then, had not yet completed his second term as mayor of London was key to propitiate the unexpected verdict of June 23. Therefore, the prime minister now has a moral obligation to demonstrate that, beyond campaign sophlamas, divorce is truly the spur that the second European power needed to realize its full potential.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow, Alexander Boris of Pfeffel Johnson, Al, for his family, is guaranteed a reference in the history manuals, something that will hardly bother who as a child aspired to be “king of the world.” As soon as he discovered that the closest thing was to be British Prime Minister, he set the door of Number 10 as the final destination of a trip in which every decision has been the prelude to follow in the footsteps of his political idol, Winston Churchill.

His career began, however, in journalism, where a projection was developed that, in the future, would be crucial. His vital curriculum, like that of so many other prominent names of the Conservative Party, includes the two nuclear institutions of the high British spheres: Eton and Oxford. It was in the exclusive boarding school where young Johnson would begin to demonstrate, according to his professors, the personality traits that would define his public person: charismatic, eccentric and with a deep sense that the rules did not necessarily apply to him.


After experiencing 32 moves in childhood in 14 years, due to his father's professional and academic responsibilities, he suffered the most complicated time of his life, which he barely speaks of. His family, who at that time resided in Brussels, was shaken by the mother's mental illness, with whom the now 'premier', the eldest of four siblings, was especially united.

It was the ambition that the patriarch had instilled in his offspring, which he wanted to turn into a political and journalistic dynasty, that led the firstborn to overcome and, already in the university, which coincided, among others, with David Cameron, He made it clear that orthodoxy was not for him. He graduated in Classical Studies and, although without Honor Enrollment, something that he still regrets today, he never misses the opportunity to prove his erudition, both in his public speeches, and in the numerous books he has published, including biographies of Churchill and even a novel.

His first professional steps were in the newspaper 'The Times', although they would be abruptly interrupted after having invented an appointment from their own sponsor for an article. The dismissal would not undermine his possibilities and the 'Daily Telegraph', a conservative and deeply Eurosceptic head, sent him to Brussels as a correspondent, where he would strengthen what his editor would describe years later as “an uncertain relationship with the truth.”

His capious articles from the community capital entertained, with nonsense like the block aspired to modify the curvature of bananas, but also contributed to the rhetoric that British sovereignty was threatened. He is said to be Margaret Thatcher's favorite community reporter and his profile would continue to progress until he became editor of 'The Spectator', an influential conservative weekly, shortly after he passed thirty.


In the meantime, he would not neglect the political fabric and, after a failed attempt to access Parliament in 1997, he finally succeeded in 2001 for one of the safest seats in the 'tories'. His meteoric rise would be confirmed by an appointment on the team of the then opposition leader, Michael Howard, who, however, would dismiss him for having lied about an extramarital relationship with a journalist from 'The Spectator'.

Not surprisingly, the ups and downs of his personal life are another of the great components of Johnson's kaleidoscopic portrait, although his reluctance to speak is such that he refuses to even confess his number of children. Officially, he has four with his second wife, from whom he separated in 2018 after 25 years of alleged infidelities. The rumor mill attributes one or two more and two voluntary pregnancy terminations, although today he shares Downing Street with a former Head of Communications of the Conservative Party, which he has 25 years of age.

The particular thing about Johnson is that what another politician might have cost the career, he does not affect, moreover, reinforces his portrait as a free verse and allows him to sell seemingly exclusive facets, such as belonging to an exclusive elite and At the same time, present yourself as the leader who is with the people.

From his weekly column in the 'Daily Telegraph', which reported 23,000 pounds a month until he moved to Number 10, he offended homosexuals, blacks, or Muslims who wear the burqa, without anything piercing his crossing pleasure to leadership last summer.


As proof, despite his extravagances and questionable verbiage, he was responsible for the reputed British diplomacy for two years, a responsibility that Theresa May would grant him, just two weeks after truncating his initial assault on the leadership, who decided to abort after entering the contest of another great heavyweight of 'Vote Leave', Michael Gove. The stab was forgotten and today Gove has a preeminent position in the Executive.

Who would suffer Johnson's betrayal would be, until July, Prime Minister, after his resignation as head of Foreign Affairs in July 2018, for what he described as his inability to accept the Brexit proposal put forward by May. Analyzed with perspective, its march seems part of a calculated maneuver that would include rejecting the divorce agreement in Parliament up to twice, to protect it to the third, after the president's commitment to leave the official residence if the deputies approved the plan.

The irony of destiny has meant that, once in Number 10, he personally suffered the same ailment that had caused his successor to fall and that he had sought the same cure, an electoral advance. In its favor, 'Boris', as a large part of the citizenry directly calls it, may use May's mistakes as a guideline of what not to do in the campaign.

Against him, however, is the weight of a story that will pass as the leader who sponsored the successful recovery of British sovereignty, or on the contrary, responsible for an unnecessary self-inflicted damage, which risked everything for a personal ambition that he failed to manage.