Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Boris Johnson Lacks The Judgement To Be Prime Minister, Says Lord Heseltine

Boris Johnson’s “disturbing” decision to use Hitler as part of his argument in favour of Brexit has shown he lacks the “judgement” to lead the Conservative Party, former Tory deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has said.

In a strong attack on the former London mayor, Lord Heseltine said the “strain of the campaign” was beginning to show in Boris’ statements - including a “complete fabrication“ about bananas.

“I find it deeply distressing. I don’t really understand what Boris is up to frankly,” he told the BBC.

Boris has been forced to defend comparing the EU to Hitler’s desire to occupy the European continent.

“At a time when Europe was coming together a third of the democracies of those countries, in Spain and Italy, were voting communist. This has been an incredible political change of the free democracies of 28 countries cooperating together. And Boris can talk about Hitler?” Lord Heseltine said.

Boris was also criticised today for claiming EU rules prevented supermarkets from selling bananas in bunches of more than three.

“It’s a complete fabrication. I know. My wife and I eat bananas, I’ve bought bunches of bananas,” Lord Heseltine said

“Frankly I think the strain of the campaign is beginning to tell on him. I think his judgement is going.”

Lord Heseltine added of Boris: “He is behaving now irresponsibly and recklessly and I fear that his judgement is going.”

Boris is seen as the frontrunner to succeed David Cameron as Tory leader and prime minister at some point before 2020.

But Lord Heseltine questioned his suitability for the job. “I think every time he makes one of these extraordinary utterances, people in the Conservative party will question whether he now has the judgement for that position?” he said.

Original Article
Author: Ned Simons

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