Defending to death Bozo’s right to bully

Posted on: 17th August 2018

I disagree with what you say, but defend to death your right to make an ass of yourself”, said Oscar Wilde.

It’s a fundamental British value to protect free speech. Which I’m afraid means we’re also obliged to even defend the right of privileged politicians who irresponsibly stoke prejudice by bullying the less privileged who are unable or cannot speak up for themselves – whether they be women in traditional Islamic dress or others.

Yes. For avoidance of doubt, I’m accusing Boris Johnson of being an irresponsible bully. Even worse is that he does it purely to court publicity and for self-promotion. Nothing new there. It’s not the first time he’s cynically abused his privilege and used inflammatory language to pick on people who can’t (or who have significantly less privilege or opportunity to) defend themselves. It’s just a pity we have a credulous media who slavishly play along with him.