Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Distrust, disengagement and discord will be the disgraceful legacy of Boris Johnson

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Iḷstreśn: Mát Ceńn fr ɖ Gardịn

Dstrust, disingejmnt n discord wl b ɖ dsgresfl leġsi v Boris Jonsn

(Transcription of an Observer article of 24 January 2022)

Ɖ damij dn bî ɖs prim̦inistr’z misrūl gz we bynd him, hiz inr srcl n īvn hiz parti

John Harris

Jon Haris, Munde, 24 Jańri 2022

Az Boris Jonsn n ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti añśsli tréd p’liticl wōtr ẃl rpitidli biyñ pld undr bî strîf n dsgres, tū plotlînz r unfoldñ. Wn z abt ɖ imīɉt momnt, n wl rīć anɖr ci juñćr wɖ ɖ iminnt rport bî ɖ sīńr sivl srvnt Su Gre, ẃć me fîṇli foc̣s weṿrñ Tori mîndz on ɖ imposbiḷti v ɖ prim̦inistr’z pziśn. Mnẃl, amd ny aḷgeśnz v blacmeil, rūmrz v yt mor ilisit gaɖ̇rñz n Doṃnic Rāb’z caṛcṭristicli clevr insistns ɖt hiz bos z “lîc a sīznd prîzfîtr” hu hz “tecn sm nocs”, anɖr stori z in denjr v biyñ lost: ɖ dîr impḷceśnz v Jonsn’z antics fr ppl’z trust in poḷtics, n a gap btwn Wsminstr n ɖ cuntri ɖt me nǎ b bigr ɖn evr.

Ol ɖoz Dǎnñ Strīt n Ẃîthōl partiz – alñ wɖ ɖ prim̦inistr’z iveźnz, haf-apoḷjiz n despṛt atmts t śor himslf p – hv bn rportd in trmz v śoc-horr reṿleśn. Bt fr mni votrz, ɖe wl cnfrm loñstandñ îdīaz abt ɖ cnd v ppl hu run ɖ cuntri, or aspîr t.

In 1944, abt a ʈrd v Brítnz indorst ɖ îdīa ɖt MPz n ministrz wr mirli “ǎt fr ɖmslvz”, bt lêt last yir ɖt figr wz pt at 63%. Acordñ t poulstrz n acdemics, ɖ frst fêz v ɖ pandemic sw p’liticl dstrust brīfli fōl bfr it rvrtd t prīpandemic levlz. Ɖe me hv dytifli foloud ɖ guvnmnt’s rūlz n rstrix́nz, bt miłnz v ppl evidntli hv mć ɖ sem vy v poḷtics n pǎr az evr: îɖr indifṛns or a tndnsi t ǎtrej n a redinis – fer or nt – t asym ɖ wrst v poḷtiśnz, ẃćvr parti ɖe repriznt. Ɖ riyl traɉdi v Jonsn’z fōl z ɖt it wl snd ɖt ełneśn sōrñ: ẃn Sajid Javid rīsntli cnsidd ɖt ɖ acǎnts v ol ɖ partiz hv “damijd ǎr dmocṛsi”, ɖs z prizyṃbli ẃt h mnt.

In 12 yirz v p’liticl rportñ, I hv nvr flt ɖt ɖ rīznz fr sć dis’fx́n r ol ɖt compḷcetd. Eni mīnñfl sns v a sośl contract hz loñ gn; mni ppl’z lîvz r so pricerịs n ceotic ɖt poḷtics sǎndz lîc ẃît nôz, n its practiśnrz inevitbli sīm coṣtd n priṿlijd. Eṗsodz sć az ɖ Irac wor, ɖ craś v 2008 n ɖ MPz’ xpnsz scandl onli axeḷretd ɖt istrenjmnt. T cap it ol, Fes-bc, Twitr n ɖ rest hv fostrd a bitrli angri n dvîsiv public discors, n crietd a spectṛm v disingejmnt ɖt runz fṛm an xtrim ǎtr éj t ɖ hart v public opińn. At wn end r ppl hu ʈnc ɖ wrld z run bî a sīcrit ordr v vampiric liẓdppl or wrs; bynd ɖs hardcor lî verịs śêdz v ɖ b’lif ɖt poḷtiśnz r a strenj n hiṗcriticl clīc, n most v ẃt guvnmnts gt p t cnfrmz ɖs.

Sm poḷtiśnz hv sd ɖe wont t pruv ol ɖs stuf roñ n rstor ɖ repyteśn v bʈ ɖer pṛfeśn n ɖ stet. Jonsn, bî contrast, z wn v ɖoz figrz hu sveid ɖ foment n sw mǎʈwōṭrñ posbiḷtiz. Ntwɖstandñ hiz frst, abortd run fr ɖ Tori līdrśp, h sn md it t ɖ top v hiz parti, ʈancs t ɖ YY reḟrendm v 2016 n ɖ s’xes v a līvcampen ɖt tapt intu miłnz v ppl’z fīlñz v distns fṛm pǎr, rezñ ɖer hops wɖ proṃsz ɖt evrwn involvd mst hv noun wd qcli trn t dust. Hiz ʈumpñ ilex́nvicṭri in 2019 wz at līst partli best on ɖ selñ t ɖ public v a poḷtiśn hu s’pozidli wz’nt a poḷtiśn, wɖ a cntmt fr cnvnśn ɖt hld ɖ ci t Brexit’s imposbl puzlz.

Sins ɖen, most v hiz bhevyr in ofis hz apaṛntli bn best on ɖ b’lif ɖt f ppl’z feʈ in līdrz n insttyśnz wz so lo, old-faśnd “dlivri” wd hardli matr, n h wd hv ɖ moṛl lattyd t gt awe wɖ jst abt enʈñ. Az pruvd bî ɖ paṇci rag-bag v poḷsiz h rīsntli flotd – atacñ ɖ BBC, sndñ ɖ armd forsz intu ɖ Ñgliś ćanl, smhǎ tac̣lñ NHS wêtñlists – t lc fr chiṛns, or t imajin mni v hiz îdīaz biyñ impḷmntd, z t mis ɖ pônt: hiz p’liticl aproć z az ceotic n voḷtîl az ɖ public mūd ɖt gev rîz t it, n riyli abt nʈñ bt him. Az mni hv loñ noun, ẃt w hv besicli bn dīlñ wɖ z a p’liticl-sîc̣lojicl cuzn v Trumpizm, rūtd on ɖ pleyñ fīldz v Ītn rɖr ɖn sbrbn Ny Yorc – n it z ol abt dfayñ ɖ dmandz v tṛdiśnl poḷtics bî yzñ trmôl, misinḟmeśn n endlis pformns. Bt ɖs z nt America – yt – n Jonsn hz dscuvrd ɖt īvn f ɖ public r jedd n sinicl, sm ʈñz rmen bynd ɖ pel.

Phps, lîc an iniśl crac on a car windscrīn, ɖ dsgres v partiget wl śatr jst abt evri aspect v hiz record. Bt hir w hit wn v ɖ most glẹrñ consiqnsz v hiz misrūl: ɖ fact ɖt īvn f h z forst ǎt, ɖ ramiḟceśnz v hiz tîm in ofis wl spred far frɖr ɖn him n hiz inr srcl. Sm v hiz Cnsrṿtiv colīgz evidntli ʈnc ɖt aftr h hz gn, a ny līdr wl b ebl t anǎns a cmplitli freś start. On ɖt scor, I wd d’rect ɖm t ɖ opińn v a frst-tîm Tori votr in ɖ nyli Cnsrṿtiv cnstitẏnsi v Boltn Norʈ-Īst, huz opińnz wr rīsntli rcordd bî ɖ formr Dǎnñ Strīt poulstr Jemz Jonsn: “Ɖ’r ol p ɖr bacñ him, most v ɖm. Ɖt’s mî wuri nǎ, wɖ ɖ [Cnsrṿtiv] parti: ’Ǒ, h’z apoḷjîzd, let’s jst gt on wɖ ɖ job.’ No – y’v laid abt dwñ ɖ job.”

Īvn f ɖe hv cept ɖer distns, huevr s’xidz Jonsn wl b fest bî linġrñ angr abt hiz rūl-brecñ n dsit, n hǎ mć h wz induljd bî hiz colīgz – nt t mnśn ɖ consiqnsz v Brexit, ɖ fōlǎt fṛm hiz larjli dzastṛs hanḍlñ v Covid, n ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis ẃć, bî rezñ Naśnl Inśuṛns n scrapñ ɖ £20-a-wīc rîz in yṇvrsl credit, hiz guvnmnt hz manijd onli t dīpn.

Ɖr z a rɖr nîīv vy ɖt az Jonsn’z popylaṛti tumblz, Lebr’z wl cari on rîzñ, n – bî sm az yt unixplend miṛcl – Cir Starmr n hiz parti wl ivnć̣li win inuf sīts t tec pǎr. Bt lîc ol Lebr līdrz, h wl dpnd on ɖ public biyñ opn t hiz îdīaz, n priperd t b’liv ɖt guvnmnt cn mc a difṛns t ɖer lîvz. Hiz cuṛnt līdz in ɖ poulz r’nt bad, bt y cn fînd similr numbrz in ɖ hisṭri v plenti v Lebr līdrz hu wnt on t lūz – ẃć phps sjsts ɖt ɖ dis’fx́n n angr spred bî Jonsn’z msconduct n brocn proṃsz me partli bîpas Lebr n fīd intu smʈñ mć mor insidịs n grim.

Ɖs z ɖ prospect ɖt śd wuri ppl on ol sîdz v poḷtics. Loñ bfr partiget, yirz v public disingejmnt gev s Nîjl Farage, Tomi Robinsn n miłnz v ppl cncludñ ɖt ɖ sistm wz brocn n simpli swićñ of. In ɖoz srcmstansz, ɖ frst dyti v enwn in hî ofis śd hv bn t trî t hīl ɖ brīć. Bt, hvñ bcm prim̦inistr in ɖ mdst v a crîsis v trust, Jonsn ɖen md it īvn wrs, smtmz az a matr v dlibṛt dzîn, wɖ consiqnsz ɖt wl loñ ǎtlast hiz tîm at ɖ top. Ẃnvr h gz, ɖs wl b hiz most lastñ leġsi – ẃć z śrli ɖ gretist dsgres v ol.

• Jon Haris z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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