21st Century Wire says…
No surprise here, but look at what he actually said…
During the annual ‘Margret Thatcher Lecture’ on Tuesday night, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson (man with white floppy hair above) prostrated himself at the money changers’ table at the entrance of the Temple, calling for the “Gordon Gekkos”, and “Hedge Fund Kings of London” to display their greed “to promote economic growth”.
Welcome to modern Britain’s two-tiered world of privilege and corruption.
This is where things get a little bit esoteric, and not in a good way. According to the privileged one, invoking “The spirit of envy” is the only way to spur economic activity. The ‘spirit of envy’? Could this be Johnson’s spiritual guide? He said it.
Continuing off the deep end, rather crassly, Johnson revealed more of his true scales, announcing that it is now “futile” to try and end inequality. Now that’s leadership matrial.
Now for the eugenic s remarks, as the Guardian reports:
“”Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85 while about 2% …” he said as he departed from the text of his speech to ask whether anyone in his City audience had a low IQ. To muted laughter he asked: “Over 16% anyone? Put up your hands.” He then resumed his speech to talk about the 2% who have an IQ above 130.”
Johnson moved to associate himself with what were seen as the excesses of 1980s Thatcherism as he said:
“I stress – I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.”
Another low-empathy politician, with a warped view of the society, completely out of touch with the people of Britain, and yet – he is being touted as a new Prime Minister of Britain by the media gods.
It’s all a bit high-minded, coming from a man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who went for junior elitist training at Eton, before going on to Oxford, where his membership into the rightful rulers club was formalised. Indeed, they train them up young, as evidenced by this team photo (below) of the Bullingdon Club, a ‘young elite dining society’, where members Boris and PM David Cameron learned how to trash college rooms and restaurants in preparation for a career in politics.
Elitist Boris Johnson, who managed to win his London Mayoral seat on the basis of a bad haircut, is now angling for his next job once this term is up. What will it be? MP? PM? Cabinet Office? BBC Trust? Serco? We think his first stop will be somewhere in the City of London – time to cash in on all the glad-handing…
1) GREED IS GOOD, SAYS BORIS
Do the super-rich in the City have a better champion that mayor Boris Johnson? From the Guardian’s splash:
“Boris Johnson has launched a bold bid to claim the mantle of Margaret Thatcher by declaring that inequality is essential to fostering ‘the spirit of envy’ and hailed greed as a ‘valuable spur to economic activity’.
“In an attempt to shore up his support on the Tory right, as he positions himself as the natural successor to David Cameron, the London mayor called for the ‘Gordon Gekkos of London’ to ‘display their greed to promote economic growth’.
“Delivering the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture, Johnson also called for the return of a form of grammar schools.”
Thanks to interventions such as this, the Tory right on the Commons backbenches will continue to despair at the Cameroon modernizers on the frontbench – while pining for Boris…
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