School of Politics and International Relations

The resistance to Boris Johnson’s premiership is angry, organised – and already in full swing

2 August 2019

Boris Johnson is a genuine figure of hate among young people, up has sprung an umbrella movement on social media under the Twitter handle @fckboris as well as anti-Johnson demonstrations across the country. According Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, this surge was – in fact – as close to predictable as the volatile world of politics permits. “If you take what I’d call a Newtonian view of politics, as I do,” says Bale, “then you believe that every action has an equal and opposite reaction – and, in fact, that goes for words as well as deeds. So when Johnson fires up his base by ramping up his rhetoric he’s also bound to mobilise his opponents.”
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