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Boris Johnson: The Gambler

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This book written by Bower, was completed prematurely at the end of the Summer, before the 2nd wave hit, more dithering and indecision occurred and a failure to learn from the mistakes of the 1st time around has left the country in turmoil. Overall, this is a disappointing read, and perhaps I should have paid more attention to the fact that all the quotes on the front are from right wing newspapers or commentators. No matter that she had forgiven him so much; she had dared to deny him once too often when he demanded unquestioning full-time adulation. It’s really appalling that a work likely to draw so much attention received so little when it came to the editorial department.

But then most high-achievers in their fifties have long since moved on from blaming the flaws of their parents for their own misdeeds, especially when they have been blessed with a great deal of love and support from others along the way. All this is laid out in the opening chapters, inviting the reader to see the prime minister as the inevitably damaged product of a morally inadequate father. Officials, aides, junior ministers, Cabinet colleagues, the Foreign Office and the BBC have all let Johnson down — in Bower-view it is always their fault, never Johnson’s own. Mais le plus captivant est sans doute la narration de l’incroyable, l’infaisable mise en œuvre et succès final du Brexit, que, semble-t-il, lui seul, pouvait mener à bout. Free of Sonia Purcell’s (author of Just Boris) personal dislike and Andrew Gimson’s (author of Boris) friendship, Bower, who admits he knows Boris a little through his wife as a colleague, draws a reasonably balanced picture with a few revelations which immediately hit the newspapers after publication.One thing I can say is that the author doesn't have such an agenda that it is predictable where they will sit on a particular issue and they mostly back that up with facts and evidence for their point of view. Apart from the first chapters, this is a tedious book - chapter after chapter of excusing the failings, chapter after chapter with no constructive analysis or ability to recognise Johnson for what he is, lazy, a man with no vision or insight, an English Nationalist, privileged, seeing himself as naturally part of England's social elite yet .

He rarely mentions Corbyn, the former Labour Party leader, without describing him as "the anti-Semitic Marxist". Johnson Snr is faithless and a creep: in the parched summer of 1976, he told the family’s two au pairs that the water shortage made washing clothes impossible and therefore they would have to follow the lead set by him and his wife and walk around naked, which they duly did.Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that Bower appears to be on a mission to explain why the blond bombshell has not (yet) proved to be a political messiah.

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