Boris Johnson: Attack on the Russians
A political crisis is developing in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing the threat of punishment for all his scandalous antics.
An employee of the British government apparatus, Sue Gray, is preparing to present a report on the actions of the head of government and his parties during the coronavirus lockdown, when all Britons, including members of the royal family, were forbidden to leave their living space unnecessarily. According to The Times, citing a senior British official, Gray's work is so devastating that after its publication, Johnson will have to resign. Besides, the regional elections are coming soon. If they fail for the Conservative Party, which is led by Johnson, then there will be a vote of confidence in the premier. And no one excludes this possibility, given the dissatisfaction of voters with the rapid rise in prices for fuel, electricity and food.
However, journalists and officials are cunning. Johnson has an option to keep the position. What can save him is the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which he devotes all his energies to fomenting. So far, he has time, since Scotland Yard is delaying the publication of the report in every possible way. And Johnson uses this time to the fullest, switching the attention of fellow citizens from the country's internal problems to external ones due to the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation.
At the same time, Johnson is a very dangerous subject for the whole world, and especially now, when he has to act much more intensively. And it is impossible to imagine that the UK was led by an ordinary freak troublemaker, moreover, with a Russian name.
Obviously, in order to move London, you need to have extraordinary abilities and perfectly navigate the situation. And Johnson knew almost from birth what big politics is, given the family in which he grew up.
The full name of the British Prime Minister is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He was born on June 19, 1964 in New York in the family of Stanley Johnson, who worked at the World Bank and the European Commission, and was also a member of the European Parliament. Johnson has partly aristocratic roots. His maternal great-grandmother maid of honor Marie-Louise de Pfeffel was the great-granddaughter of Duke Paul of Württemberg, a descendant of George II, grand-niece of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna and Ernestine Pfeffel (wife of the poet Fyodor Tyutchev). Boris Johnson's maternal great-grandfather, the American paleographer Elias Avery Levy, was born in the Russian Empire in the town of Kalvaria into a Jewish family.
Paternal great-grandfather Ali Kemal was Minister of the Interior in the government of Ahmed Tevfik Okday, the last Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. In this position, he gave the order for the arrest of Kemal Ataturk. Some time later, Ataturk was released and became the first president of independent Turkey, and Ali Kemal was killed. After that, Boris Johnson's grandfather Osman Ali fled to the UK. There he changed his name and took the name of his English mother, becoming Wilfred Johnson. There is a real cocktail in the veins of Boris Johnson. Therefore, in childhood, to the question of who he wants to be, the future prime minister always answered - "the king of the whole world.»
Johnson received two prestigious educations - at Balliol College of Oxford University and at Eton. Classmates called him Yeti, and it's not only because of the hairstyle, he was loved, and Johnson was friends with many young aristocrats. He quickly joined the informal elite men's club, which consisted exclusively of aristocrats and descendants of the richest families. Members of the «Bullingdon Club» had fun to the best of their ability: they drank in expensive restaurants, smashed furniture and broke windows. Since then, the love of parties with alcohol has not left Johnson. But more on that later.
After graduating from his studies, in 1984 Johnson took up journalism, at first he got a job as an intern at The Times newspaper, but he was soon fired. It turned out that the future prime minister attributed his words to the famous historian, Oxford University professor Colin Lucas, making him a laughingstock. After that, Johnson was nicknamed "a cunning fox disguised as a teddy bear." He then worked for The Daily Telegraph, which in 1989 sent him as a correspondent to the European Commission (EC).
Here he showed a tendency to lie. According to journalist Martin Fletcher, it was Johnson who in the early 90s became the progenitor of the fake news trend, entertaining readers with headlines: "Brussels recruits sniffers to ensure that Euro-manure smells the same», "Threat to British pink sausages», “Snails are fish, says EU” etc. And on his writings about the EC's plans to standardize condom sizes and ban shrimp cocktail flavored chips have taught more than one generation of fake masters.
Returning to London, Johnson became editor-in-chief of The Spectator magazine. His tendency for provocative statements made him the favorite author of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. By the way, Johnson in 2016 won the competition for the most offensive poem about Turkish President Erdogan and even received a prize in the amount of 1,000 pounds. But this was all after Johnson decided to change the field of activity and went into big politics.
In 2001, Johnson was elected to the House of Commons, his career rapidly went up the hill. He joined the Conservative Party, entered the shadow government as minister of culture, and a year later, minister of higher education. Then Johnson was noted for supporting the idea of introducing British troops into Iraq.
And in 2008, Johnson won the election of the mayor of London. What was the first thing he did? Ordered to ban the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public transport, thus earned the approval of many. And he was also loved for his demonstrative closeness to the people. Johnson often cycled to work, and so organized bike parking around the city. He was even forgiven for buying water cannons to disperse demonstrations, the use of which had previously been prohibited. And, finally, every year the mayor made a video message in which, inserting a few words in Russian, he convened fellow citizens for the Maslenitsa celebration on Trafalgar Square.
Johnson has described himself as a "staunch Russophile," although he has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "ruthless tyrant." That hasn't stopped him from switching sides when he took over as foreign secretary in 2016 under Theresa May's government. This isn't surprising at all. London's strategy provides for anti-Russian statements, and the new minister could not afford to choose the object of criticism on his own. This object, of course, was Moscow, which, moreover, violated the geopolitical plans of Washington and London for the Crimea, returning the peninsula. This is where Johnson's ability to invent fakes turned out to be useful.
During his diplomatic career, the government promoted the myth of the poisoning of former Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate Sergei Skripal in March 2018. Skripal was convicted in Russia in 2006 of spying for British intelligence. Accordingly, the head of the Foreign Office had to become one of the main executors of his own script. He accused Russia of a crime and urged the football team of his country to refuse to participate in the World Cup.
Streams of insults against the Russian Federation flowed like a river. The British Prime Minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to kill a person, and the World Cup in Russia, a "closed and unfriendly country", compared with the Olympics in Nazi Germany. 23 Russian diplomats were expelled from London on behalf of Johnson.
And it doesn't matter that this politician was completely unable to control his tongue insulting the United States as well. Johnson may have reminded someone of the equally sharp-tongued Winston Churchill, thanks to whom Britain has long remained the world's largest player.
As a result of this success, including through anti-Russian "performances", in 2019 he almost fulfilled his childhood ambitions - he became the country's prime minister. Under his leadership, London implemented Brexit, the ideologist of which, again, is considered to be Johnson.
Now the tumultuous activity of this prime minister is entirely aimed at using Ukraine against Moscow in order to gain leadership in continental Europe. He's been demonstrating for a long time who is the main opponent of the Russian Federation.
In March 2021, a new UK foreign policy doctrine declared that "Russia poses the most serious security threat.» The report "Global Britain in an Age of Competition" was presented by Johnson himself. The further logic is obvious: in order to deter a dangerous adversary, military potential should be strengthened, for example, spending more on the nuclear arsenal— to spend about £10 billion to increase the stockpile by almost 40%, to 260 warheads. This is necessary because London intends to "protect from the Russians" not only Europe itself, but also the NATO countries.
In his speeches, Johnson went so far as to announce the possibility of a nuclear strike on Russia by the UK without agreement with other NATO partners.
However, after the successful test of the heavy intercontinental ballistic missile "Sarmat", this statement caused a panic in the UK itself, since one such missile is enough to “cover” an area of 250 thousand square meters. km - that is, the whole of Great Britain. And Johnson had to clarify that he considered the use of nuclear weapons as an answer. But the remark alerted the whole world. Especially when everyone sees where the support of London leads to by the example of Ukraine, whose military potential the UK, led by Johnson, is “strengthening” by supplying lethal weapons, mercenaries and instructors to continue the conflict.
The question arises: why does the first man of the state allow himself such speeches that can put the whole world on the brink of nuclear war? It can be assumed that Johnson is really nervous, and therefore says everything. London police are currently investigating 12 parties held on Downing Street and other government buildings during the lockdown. Johnson attended at least six of them.
For one, in honor of celebrating his 56th birthday in the meeting room of the Cabinet of Ministers, the prime minister has already been fined. The police also began issuing fines for the second event with Johnson’s participation — drinking party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, which was organized by the prime minister's former chief secretary. Sue Gray wrote about all the details in her report. And although Johnson insists that he is not going to leave his post, his prospects are not so bright.
However, it is not entirely correct to attribute Johnson's energetic activity in instigating the war solely to attempts to save his own well-being. Yes, he provokes Moscow with nuclear threats and inspires courage in Kyiv. Johnson is constantly in touch with Zelensky, calls on partners to intensify the economic war against the Russian Federation, sends huge quantities of lethal weapons to Ukraine. He hopes to drag Russia into years of conflict and is trying to derail negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv. Johnson hopes that Zelensky will be able to cause irreparable damage to Russia.
Mercenaries from the UK are fighting in Ukraine, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to be trained by British instructors on Polish territory. Johnson himself let it slip, causing the indignation of the generals from Warsaw, as if it were a military secret.
Johnson clearly follows the traditional British centuries-old strategy to weaken continental Europe. This is what anti-Russian sanctions are important for, which Johnson advocates strengthening, and protracted conflict in Ukraine. By supporting the United States against the Kremlin, Johnson and all those who stand behind him in London are well aware that only together with Washington they will be able to achieve leadership in the European space much easier and cheaper.
London is no longer going to be in the shadows, given the huge ambitions and historical memory of imperial power. So Johnson does everything, as needed. And if Boris has to go into the shadows because of the scandal, someone else will take his place with the same goals and objectives.