London feels surreal. Joined the demo against Trump. He’s in town to see the Queen, see off the Prime Minister, and plunder the NHS in the name of “free trade.” Saw the play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson,” which might be prescient.
Attention will now turn to May’s replacement as Conservative leader, and PM for however much time may be remaining. The large field is just starting to be winnowed; Trump has shown his hand by meeting with Johnson, Gove and Farage. God help us.
But that was one reason why the play was interesting as well as entertaining, although all the Brits present must have felt uncomfortable as it revealed the surreal nature of their politics.
The first act was historical, about a dinner in 2016 which actually happened, where Johnson invited Gove and his wife and decided with their support to opt for Leave in the referendum.
The second act was set in 2029, where Johnson got a second chance, this time selected by the party to take Britain back into the EU in “Brentry”, and had another supportive dinner with Gove, now a Church of England priest about to be made bishop.
Famously Gove stabbed Johnson in the back in 2016 at the last minute, hence May. In the play in 2029 Gove stabs him in the front, in front of the TV cameras. I won’t be surprised if that does prove to be prescient.
As for the emperor of the West in Surrealistan, my favourite take was this photo, brilliantly described by Caitlin Johnstone. Oh Britannia!