Is Boris Johnson a liar

Boris Johnson's Kingdom of Lies: The Rise of a Trickster

Boris Johnson always lied: first as a journalist, then as a politician. That didn't slow down his ascent. Now he kicks thatmost important office in Great Britain.

Boris Johnson wanted to be "King of the World" as a child, his sister Rachel once revealed to his biographer. That will not work, but at least the son of wealthy parents was able to achieve his other great goal: As Theresa May's successor, he will take over the conservative British ruling party - and thereby also become Prime Minister. It is the culmination of his career for the time being and an example of how little honesty and integrity seem to matter in British politics.

Because Johnson's career began with lies - and continued with lies. Whenever he saw an opportunity for advancement, accusations followed that he did not take the truth too seriously. It is difficult to explain where his image as a political underdog, who is forgiven for many things, comes from. Johnson never had to work his way up. His privileges always kept him from falling. Wit, charm and insolence made him popular.

The chronicle of his ascent

Boris Johnson at Oxford University: Even there, he is said to have cheated himself into a management post. (Source: Brian Smith / Reuters)

1986: Johnson becomes president of the Oxford University Debating Club. His campaign assistant later reveals how he does it: According to this, the conservative Johnson posed as a supporter of the Social Democrats. Johnson himself states that he does not remember this detail.

1987: Through relationships with his family, Johnson began his career as a journalist for the traditional London newspaper "The Times". It doesn't last long - a little later he is fired. He made up a quote in his first cover story. A mishap, says Johnson later.

1988: Johnson switched to the conservative house paper "The Daily Telegraph", first as a columnist, then for many years as a Brussels correspondent. Professional colleagues keep making false claims in his articles. Among other things, he reveals alleged plans by the EU to standardize condom sizes and to introduce a "banana police". According to his former colleague and biographer, he also invents sources in the process.

1995: An explosive telephone conversation from 1990 goes public. A criminal friend asks Johnson to get him the address of a journalist - so he can beat him up because of his research. Johnson agrees. But that was just a joke, says Johnson later. His friend is convicted - and later regrets not having carried out the attack.

"Unspeakably duplicitous": His employer is extremely angry about a broken promise. (Source: Simon Bellis / Reuters)

2001: Meanwhile, Johnson has become editor-in-chief of the conservative "Spectator" - by promising not to pursue his political career any further. Even so, Johnson becomes a member of parliament. "Inexpressibly duplicitous" calls it the so duped owner.

2004: Johnson has already been set for a position in the Ministry of Education this year. A longstanding extramarital affair, which the conservative brusquely rejects, throws a spanner in the works. "Mumpitz" and "nonsense" are the reports about it. But then the woman's mother even confirmed two abortions. A few hours later, Johnson is rid of the post that had been promised.

2008: He used cocaine once, yes, says Johnson in 2005. That was at university, he confirms again two years later. In 2008 he remembers being 19 years old there. When the confessions hit the headlines shortly before the mayoral election in London, he denied everything. "To say I used cocaine is simply untrue."

2008–2016: Even in his tenure as Mayor of London, Johnson is not too keen on the truth. Serious juvenile delinquency has fallen, he said, while it has risen. The number of police officers had increased, he said, while it had decreased. Nevertheless, he is popular, also because he partly represents right-wing positions during his term of office. For example, he publicly supports Barack Obama in the election for US President.

2015: Johnson is back in the British Parliament after his time as Mayor - and a little later takes the side of the Brexit supporters. Some party colleagues interpret this as a power game to dig the water from his party colleague and then Prime Minister David Cameron. Johnson is not in favor of leaving the EU, says party leader Nicolas Soames. Johnson said that personally the day before. After the Brexit vote, Johnson will become Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Theresa May.

Strong appearance in the election campaign: Johnson was the decisive factor for the exit campaign. (Source: Frank Augstein / Reuters)

2016: In the campaign for Britain's exit from the EU, Johnson started arguably his biggest and most far-reaching lie: the claim that Great Britain is transferring £ 350 million a week to the EU. This is misleading and undermines trust in official statistics, corrects the British statistics agency. Even those in favor of leaving admit that the number is greatly exaggerated - Johnson, however, says it is even an understatement. Johnson almost takes Johnson to court.

The final

Johnson has now done it. He had been aiming for the office of Prime Minister for a long time - there is little doubt about that. Most recently, he actively helped bring down his party colleague Theresa May. He resigned from his cabinet post and from then on wrote in a weekly "Telegraph" column against May's Brexit plans. When May announced her resignation, Johnson was quickly considered a huge favorite for her successor. Despite warnings from his former colleagues and employers that he was unsuitable for the office.


But Johnson promises the Brexit hardliners an exit from the EU on October 31 - with or without an agreement. That seems to be the decisive factor. At the same time, he claims the chances of a no-deal Brexit are one in a million. Most recently he wrote that the problems were easier to solve than a moon landing. It is doubtful whether he actually has a detailed plan of how to solve the dilemma. Prominent party friends do not rule out that they will soon support a vote of no confidence in parliament against him.

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