THE prime minister is less popular among his own MPs than Theresa May in 2018, when she was less popular than scabies. What else is he as unpopular as?
The Black Death, 1346-1353
A bubonic plague pandemic which killed 30 to 60 per cent of Europe’s population and wasn’t well liked for it, but at least it didn’t laugh in your face. At least it didn’t pretend it had nothing to do with close relatives dying alone then insist it was focused on ‘getting on with the job’
The kid who spat on people during Year 9
That one kid who wasn’t even hard who spent a year gobbing on everyone. Down stairwells, in class, in the playground, after school, he’d gob and run. Didn’t even care when he got beaten up for it. Just laughed and carried on. Eventually expelled.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, 1999
Reviled in its time and even worse looking back, when we see the two mediocre trilogies and slew of desert-based Disney+ series it unleashed on the world. Like Johnson, dickheads hopelessly entangled in the mess tried to argue it was good. Like Johnson, by the end even they didn’t believe it.
President Trump, 2020
Four years into Trump’s presidency the whole of government had only one purpose: defending Trump and the shit he did and said. Sound familiar? The US is measurably more insane than Britain so the terracotta-toned dumbfuck still got 74 million votes in that year’s election. And lost.
The whole continent’s been involved in a hugely destructive war. Every table in Europe is without sons and fathers. Germany started it. Nobody liked Germany. But incredibly Germany, with the help of hyperinflation and Hitler, managed to build from that start to become even more hated within just 20 years. Inspiring, Boris?
Theresa May in 2019
Unable to win an election in 2017, scraping through a vote of no confidence in 2018: looking back, these were the high points. After repeatedly calling Downing Street press conferences to tell us all off, finally resigned. Now occasionally spoken of without hatred. Johnson may dream of that as a future.