Boris Johnson criticised over 'gross failure of responsibility' in resurfaced letter from his school days

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Monday 11 February 2019 16:30

Boris Johnson is a divisive figure in UK politics.

To some he’s a “man of the people” defending British values against Europe, to others he’s a lying narcissist who represents everything wrong with class privilege.

If you’re the first kind of person, you’ll probably want to turn away now.

But if you’re the second, we’ve got a treat for you.

Here’s a letter, apparently written by Eton College to his father Stanley Johnson in 1982, discussing young Boris’ behaviour…

Well, I am shocked.

Boris sometimes seems affronted when criticised for what amounts to a gross failure of responsibility.

That doesn’t sound anything like the man we all know, does it?

I think he honestly believes that it is churlish of us not to regard him as an exception, one who should be free of the network of obligation which binds everyone else.

That couldn’t possibly describe the Boris Johnson who campaigned for Brexit and then resigned from the cabinet when it came to actually negotiating a deal, could it?

The quote comes from a biography on Johnson by journalist Andrew Gimson, according to Letters of Note.

Twitter users first doubted the authenticity of the letter because it just seems way too perfect.

But not only does it appear to be real, there's also more gold from Johnson’s school years.

Who would have thought that arrogant young boy would one day make a living for himself spouting nonsense on the Today show?

It goes to show anyone can achieve their dreams… so long as they’re rich and go to private school.

HT: Letters of Note

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