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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:19 AM

Boris Johnson Is Not Cut Out for This Crisis.

'Britain needs a leader, not a joker.

Boris Johnson has spent decades preparing for his lead role, honing his adopted character, perfecting his mannerisms, gauging the reactions to his performance and adjusting it for maximum effect. Now he has the national stage and the rapt audience he always craved. His speech this week announcing a lockdown drew the biggest television audience in Britain in this century.

The problem is that he has been preparing for the wrong part. The man came to power playing Falstaff, a double-dealing, comically entertaining, shameless rogue; now he is suddenly onstage as Henry V, the wartime king whose solemn judgment, intense focus, charisma and conviction must lead his nation in a time of crisis. Mr. Johnson does not know how to play that part, and it shows. This is not a rehearsal. His careless, inexcusable reluctance to track and halt the virus earlier will have cost lives.

Throughout these last weeks as the coronavirus crisis became apparent to everyone in Britain, Mr. Johnson has been indecisive, contradictory, confused and confusing, jovial when he should be grave, muddled when a frightened nation desperately needs him to be clear. The man picked for his supposed talents as a great communicator has stumbled his way through news conferences, occasionally hitting with evident relief upon a jolly riff he finds familiar. In the rare moments when he has struck the right note, he unerringly hits a jarring one minutes, hours or days later. His switches of strategy and his lack of clarity left far too many Britons oblivious to the importance of social distancing until far too late.

As the virus spread into Europe in mid-February, an alert prime minister would have taken immediate charge, turbocharging preparations, aware that a possible pandemic posed a grave danger to Britain. Instead, he vanished from public view for 12 days, most of it spent on a private holiday with his pregnant fiancée at a palatial country house.

It was only at the end of February, with 80,000 known coronavirus cases worldwide and the World Health Organization on the edge of declaring a pandemic, that Mr. Johnson began to wake up. By that time there were 20 confirmed cases and one death in Britain already — and surely many more coming.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/opinion/coronavirus-uk-boris-johnson.html?

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:43 AM

1. we have our own incompetent eff up. not like churchill and FDR are they? nt

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:55 AM

2. Something else he has in common with trump.

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:46 AM

3. They have a no confidence vote.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:21 AM

4. But Parliament is closed for the duration! n/t

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:53 AM

5. This guy? Not cut out for a crisis?

I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!...

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