It seems that blond haired eccentrics are successful in today’s warped political circles.
Take Donald Trump in the USA and now Boris Johnson in the UK.
As to the latter, a recent, well informed editorial in THE NEW YORKER tells about him in his youth years and how he climbed the journalism ladder. After being fired by the London Times, he became a star columnist for the Daily Telegraph that sent him when he was 26 to Brussels, a city where he had lived as his father had been posted there as the first British bureaucrats to work for the Commission. There he learned to speak French without an accent.
As he considered conventional British reporting on the procedures of the E.E.C. (which was renamed the European Union in 1993) as reverential, accurate, and dull, he thought readers would be more interested in more sensationally controversial reporting. So – the American editorial says – he began to publish stories that cast the European project as bureaucratically insane. This launched him to stardom. He drove a battered sports car, he wore clothes with holes in them and he turned out late to press conference where he would deliberately speak bad French. In Sonia Purnell’s biography “Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition”, it is claimed that Johnson would lock his door in the Telegraph’s office and shout obscenities to himself while he worked himself up to write each story.
The accounts of his rather unique behaviour is quite long, pointing out to a rather eccentric character who is now the new British PM.
For winning his premiership race he has been congratulated from everybody including the EU. It is likely that the British media mistake this polite diplomatic gesture from the leaders on the 27 EU member states for sincere compliments. It may turn out to be the other way. When Johnson goes to Brussels on Brexit business, he may find the EU are not so accommodating after all.

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