School of Politics and International Relations

Boris Johnson vs Donald Trump: Why the British prime minister is worse for democracy

26 September 2019

Professor Tim Bale of the School of Politics and International Relations wrote an opinion piece for NBC addressing the parallels between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. He writes: “Who knows whether it was merely a coincidence that, just a few hours after flying home from meeting President Donald Trump in New York, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put on one of the most insidiously poisonous performances I have ever had the misfortune to witness from a British prime minister. But now no one can possibly doubt that Johnson is following the American president’s divide-and-rule populist playbook. Nor that, in so doing, he is playing with fire, creating an atmosphere so dangerously toxic that politics — indeed democracy — in the UK may never fully recover.”
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