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Why Boris Johnson would be a disaster for Britain


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Watching the last few months of British politics unfold, I have become just as disillusioned as the rest of the country.

Not only has Brexit detracted from other more important issues, but the last years have seen a major sidelining of the vulnerable in the UK. Theresa May's claim that she is proud of her response to Grenfell, as well as the failed coverup of Windrush, are just two examples of how the Conservative government have attempted to sideline those whose voices are small in parliament.

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Just as shocking is the Conservative's movement towards a far-right majority. In addition, their refusal to hold offensive racist comments to account. We cannot have Johnson, a man who has made such comments, as our Prime Minister. In a country of such diversity, it would show these groups that once again their feelings and well-being are sidelined. 

There are some who would argue with me that Boris has some good qualities. 

They will argue that under the bumbling buffoon exterior is an intelligent man. I wouldn't argue with them. I think he has been playing the game for PM for a long time. 

The danger is that many often excuse his 'slip-ups', explaining that he doesn't think before he speaks. This kind of slap on the wrist, 'silly Boris' mentality is just not acceptable in 2019. We know better. If we ignore racism, what message of solidarity does that send to those affected by racists' words?

As The Independent points out that in 2012, Johnson implied that the continent of Africa should 'thank' Britain for its colonialism.

"Consider Uganda, pearl of Africa, as an example of the British record. The British planted coffee and cotton and tobacco, and they were broadly right. If left to their own devices, the natives would rely on nothing but the instant carbohydrate of the plantain.

"The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scramble once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty."

I felt sick after reading this.

You see this naivety a lot in politics. The idea that Britain should be shown gratitude for how it helped other countries achieve 'civilisation'. It's disgusting. I don't want someone who has that opinion representing my country, representing me. 

The biggest problem is that we are increasingly seeing politicians being racist and sexist allows the general public to think they can do the same. In the US, since Trump has taken power, racists are no longer hiding in the shadows

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They are lawyers, doctors, members of parliament, and are not held accountable. 

Speaking to the Metro, Oxford City Councillor Shaista Aziz said, "Boris Johnson never issued an apology for his Islamophobic comments about British Muslim women, which led to many women feeling less safe as they went about their daily lives, being subjected to verbal racist abuse and intimidation."

Johnson has also used the term 'picaninnies' and described the people of Papua New Guinea as 'cannibals'

He even lashed out at Barack Obama, by suggesting that the then US president had an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire” because he was “part-Kenyan”.

I would describe Johnson as a bull in a china shop figure. He says a lot, without thinking about the consequences his words could have, not for himself but for those his words hurt. The worst thing is he seems to have a certain immunity to losing his job.

His stance on Brexit has drawn a lot of criticism from other conservative members, with many believing a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the country.

Unsurprisingly, they have neglected his racism, but what did we expect? 

Either way, I'm extremely worried about the direction this country seems to be going in. 

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