Boris on his back to the UN – but at least he’s not in London | Jean Cracé
If Boris Johnson had a little more self-awareness than he perhaps would have reshuffled last week. The trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York was supposed to be the fun part of the job. A chance for the Prime Minister to do what he loves most – hang out and gag with other world leaders – while his juniors were left at home trying to maintain the energy supply and offer a vague assurance that Christmas would not be canceled. Yet instead, he found himself repeatedly on the back foot, looking as pessimistic as all those ministers he had sacked for not showing enough stupid enthusiasm and Tigger.
To make matters worse, most of the damage was self-inflicted. Trying to get global support for the Cop26 summit by reminding everyone that he had written several articles 20 years ago that were skeptical of climate change was not the brightest idea. ‘he never had. It just made him look like the untrustworthy chancellor most people thought he was. His excuse that when the facts changed, he wasn’t much help either. No one could remember the facts about climate science having changed so much over the past two decades.
After that, things gradually went downhill. First, he admitted that there is only a 60% chance of getting countries to shell out £ 100 billion to tackle climate change. would have a deal in no time and those who claimed otherwise were plagued by “project fear.” It was the kind of reckless talk that cost others their jobs.
Tuesday didn’t start much better with a short interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today show. Boris had wanted to focus on climate change – apparently Joe Biden was so committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions that UK meat production was now under threat – but Guthrie mainly wanted to talk about Afghanistan.
How did the Prime Minister feel about the chaotic scenes in Kabul during and after the withdrawal of American troops? Johnson’s attempts at diplomacy just got him out of the loop as he tried to keep the evacuation from Afghanistan having been a logistical success. Guthrie looked stunned. No one had told her she was dealing with an idiot. God knows what failure would have looked like.
The interview ended with Boris confessing for the first time that he had six children. Or, to be exact, six children he was ready to recognize – with another on the way. He didn’t say if there was maybe more he had forgotten. Or if he could remember all of their names.
Still, on the bright side for Johnson, he was 3,000 miles from the UK, where Jennifer Arcuri was testifying by video link from Florida to the Greater London Assembly Oversight Committee on how he allegedly had an alleged affair. with Boris when he was Mayor of London. in no way helped her go on trade missions or secure £ 126,000 in grants from the public treasury. Within 90 minutes, Arcuri argued that this was a transactional match made in Heaven. She and Boris seem to share the belief that they were doing each other a service.
The memory of the events of Arcuri was crystal clear. She had done an MBA in 2012 and within a few years she had become the center of London’s tech industry. It was the Bill Gates of Shoreditch not taking no for an answer and demanding that people find another way to say yes to him. Without her, Bloomberg would never have moved to London. Even if the company had done it years before it came into the picture.
And when it comes to commercial trips that she may or may not have been on – Arcuri made it seem like it was only a coincidence that she is showing up in the same cities at the same time as Boris. and its delegations – there was no conflict. of interest. If anything, it was she who had done Johnson a favor just by being there. It was she who had advised Boris not to do bullshit and never use public wifi. The kind of advice that money just can’t buy. Besides, she couldn’t help it if he had a crush on her. After all, it wasn’t like it was a secret. Everyone knew. At least it sounded like the truth.
For someone so keen to show off her entrepreneurial skills, she and the committee were surprisingly reluctant to talk about her bottom line. A quick glance at Company House’s ledger reveals that Hacker House, the UK company of which she is still a director, has assets of £ 93,000 and liabilities of £ 1.3million. Still, looks like it was fun while it lasted. I guess you must have been there.