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School of Politics and International Relations

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

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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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