Boris Johnson’s political career has come to an end as he appeared before a UK House of Commons committee poised to rule whether he lied to parliament about the infamous “Partygate”. Johnson has been forgiven repeatedly throughout his life, but he is no longer forgiven. The Conservative MPs on the committee were savage towards him, but were more deeply betrayed by his actions. His cabinet peers will throw him overboard for a percentage point. With a new seriousness and a new PM, Johnson coasted on the times and is now cursed by them.
Johnson showed up with his signature charm and half-conceived rhetoric, but it didn’t help him this time. He presented his defense through obscurity, repetition, and sentences that led nowhere. He rocked on his heels and had a new haircut. The hearing took place in a dull room with an expensive yet cheap-looking mural. His hair had emoted for him in the past, however now it was a sullen bowl cut that changed his persona in the public’s eyes.
He pleaded that sanitizers, Zoom meetings, Perspex screens, regular testing were all done which were beyond what the guidance mandated. If he had said all that to the committee earlier, they wouldn’t be sitting there now, said Bernard Jenkin to indicate that the Tories are through with his levity. Johnson was unable to understand that he wasn’t describing an absence of law-breaking, but instead, a culture of it. Even when presented with guidelines to maintain social distancing, he continued to defend his actions.
As a narcissist, Johnson’s dangerous precedence is at its end. It is always pleasing when a person is exposed, but there is always someone new down the line waiting. Amid his word salad, Harman, as the Chair of the committee, suggested the assurances given to inform parliament had been flimsy. Even though Johnson said he enjoyed the day, he lied. There is a question in everyone’s mind, whether he believes in his own stories or not.