The Tories are a zombie party that receives twice as much money from the wills of its dead members than it does from its living ones. Its members are dying off, using their money to prop up a party only interested in preserving the historic social and economic injustices that Britain was built on.
Boris Johnson is a horrifically racist, sexist, ill-tempered, reactionary capitalist who masquerades as a charming British eccentric, calculatedly messing up his hair prior to public appearances and speaking in a ‘disarmingly’ confused rhythm. The British media love to let him get away with that. I wrote about some of the ways that he represents all the terrible things about Britain’s class system, history, and embedded systems of privilege. He is also almost certainly—thanks to the votes of a few thousand Tory party members—about to become Tory party leader and therefore Britain’s Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson’s biographer: I know too well the fire and fury lurking behind that smile | News | The Sunday Times https://t.co/Ym4ImxGrRe— kernow25 (@kernow25) June 23, 2019
We saw yet another demonstration of Johnson’s toxic nature as well as the media’s priorities this weekend, after a media furore erupted following a disturbance at the house of Johnson’s girlfriend. Neighbours were concerned about sounds of potential domestic violence, and so they called the police. According to The Guardian, which broke the story:
Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging.
The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press.
A neighbour told the Guardian they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”. At one point Symonds could be heard telling Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
The neighbour said that after becoming concerned they knocked on the door but received no response. “I [was] hoping that someone would answer the door and say ‘We’re okay’. I knocked three times and no one came to the door.”
You may not have heard of this on the other side of the pond. The whole saga is a disgrace, full of domestic abuse minimisation, diversionary framing, and Tory apologists trying their damnedest to re-focus the attention on the neighbours who recorded the fight and called the police. Luckily there has also been plenty of push back from social media too.
Here, Toby Young, one of the single most idiotic reactionaries stalking the British media landscape:
I got a lot of grief yesterday after describing Boris’s ear-wigging neighbours as members of the Left. No, no, I was told. They were just concerned citizens who felt a moral duty to record the row and give the tape to @guardian. Turns out, they’re members of the Left. Shock! pic.twitter.com/dFl1SV8Vpa— Toby Young (@toadmeister) June 22, 2019
I’ve called the police twice - once in Camden, once in Elephant & Castle - when I heard what credibly sounded like domestic violence through the wall.— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) June 23, 2019
Of course, now that I know I should have checked they vote the same way as me before saying anything, I regret the whole affair. https://t.co/ZSFlfcf0be
Here, this bellend:
Voicemail hacking is rightly deplored. So why are there no privacy issues over snooping on Boris Johnson and his girlfriend in their private flat, asks Ross Clark https://t.co/u2lNah7jgH— Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) June 22, 2019
Boris Johnson's girlfriend (not a public figure) and his neighbours (also not public figures) are receiving more scrutiny in parts of the media than our probable next prime minister. This country makes no sense. https://t.co/4rRPlmhXP4— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) June 23, 2019
The people who phoned the police after the Boris ‘incident’ are receiving more scrutiny than Boris Johnson himself. This is where the UK is going. #marr— Pete Wishart (@PeteWishart) June 23, 2019
It would be useful if the Boris Johnson apologists actually read the accounts of what happened as you are making right idiots of yourself https://t.co/IZTEIMkjMX— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) June 23, 2019
Here, Tory MP Priti Patel:
Those criticising Boris Johnson's private life "have lost sight of the big challenges we face". @patel4witham tells #Sunrise the leadership contest should be focused on delivering Brexit, not what goes on behind closed doors.— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) June 24, 2019
More on this here: https://t.co/s7UwNO3RSC pic.twitter.com/aRFTBsNQGU
There was only one time the police were called after my dad beat up my mum. Had to be a friend/ neighbour as my mum would never have done it. He never hit her after that.— Faiza Shaheen (@faizashaheen) June 24, 2019
Tories like Priti Patel defending Boris Johnson by blaming concerned neighbours are putting women at risk.
I’m surprised I have to explain this to journalists, but here goes, a short thread on #BorisJohnson and privacy…— David Banks (@DBanksy) June 23, 2019
Question 1. If you are having an argument so loud and violent it can be heard in neighbouring properties and the street, and the police are called, do you have a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’. I’m not polling this, the answer is no.— David Banks (@DBanksy) June 23, 2019
Question 2. If you are a person who might possibly become Prome Minister in the near future, is your behaviour in such a situation a matter of public interest. Again, no poll, I’m not going to allow people to be wilfully wrong, the answer is yes. Now can we move on?— David Banks (@DBanksy) June 23, 2019
The state of this hatchet job from the Telegraph. Which, completely coincidentally, pays Boris Johnson Â£250k a year. Completely coincidentally https://t.co/cDWj2GP1wZ— Peter Geoghegan (@PeterKGeoghegan) June 23, 2019
Boris Johnson:— ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ Max ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ (@SpillerOfTea) June 23, 2019
*has long, unbroken history of racism, homophobia, misogyny, ineptitude, dishonesty and sexual infidelity*
Press: “Haha, that’s just Boris!”
*call police after fearing for his partner’s welfare*
Press: “LEFTY SCUM HARASS INNOCENT MP”
The establishment press is attacking Boris Johnson’s neighbours for reporting suspected domestic violence to police.— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) June 23, 2019
This is an escalation in a near 4yr media assault on the left.
It’s no good whining now Centrists. You got us here by legitimising this whole smear campaign.
If you want to smash up your girlfriend’s flat, best to do it in a Tory constituency says The Spectator. pic.twitter.com/ppktr8djIl— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) June 22, 2019
The other Boris Johnson story breaking as we speak is the revelation of his explicit links to Steve Bannon.
The threat of Trumpism here in our country is real and it’s growing.— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) June 23, 2019
It is our moral duty to challenge the politics of hate, scapegoating and false divisions.https://t.co/Qaqqe9NOPW
Boris Johnson is reflective of almost every toxic feature of Britain’s post-colonial, warmongering, neoliberal, white supremacist society. Him having links to that bloated raisin of a white nationalist is the least surprising thing to come out in quite some time. The ma
Millions are paying the price for banker's greed. Nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers - the 99% - have got poorer while those who caused their suffering get richer.— Jack D ðŸŒ¹ (@JackDunc1) June 23, 2019
Yet here is Boris Johnson boasting that he "stood up" for the latter. This man is a disgrace. https://t.co/I7udplQAek