Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Thursday 18 June 2020

Boris at the despatch box

Now recovered from his illness, the electorate have an opportunity to observe the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in action against a competent leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer.
He has his own style full of bluster and rhetorical pause but it cannot hide the fact that he doesn't have full command of the detail of his brief. It is clear that he sees his role as a leader, a delegator, who leaves the minutae of each department to his Secretaries of State and this leaves him exposed when questioned in detail, his notes his only back-up. It contrasts markedly with the consummate performances of his predecessor, Theresa May; imperious at the despatch box but without the 'presence' of a Commander -in- Chief.

In the United States, however, the recent performances of their C-in-C at the lectern, ahead of elections in the Autumn does not augur well for him. Recent revelations in Bolton's book and his less than sincere posturing at press conferences will not convince an electorate that senses change. The Bible might not save him.

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