Stanley and Boris Johnson express contempt for the British public. Why do we accept it? | Arwa Mahdawi

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The prime minister’s father strayed from the populist playbook when he suggested on TV that the British public is illiterate. Perhaps he knew few people would care Uh oh – Stanley Johnson said the quiet part out loud. During a recent appearance on the BBC, the prime minister’s dad stated explicitly what has always been obvious: the Tory party thinks the British public are a bunch of idiots. Responding to the fact that a viewer had called his son “Pinocchio”, Johnson harrumphed: “Pinocchio? Pinocchio? That requires a degree of literacy which I think the Great British public doesn’t necessarily have …They couldn’t spell Pinocchio if they tried .” Johnson made a massive mistake with those comments. He strayed from the populist playbook. The one that says you must pretend it is the “liberal elite” who look down on ordinary people. The one that says you must pretend entitled toffs and morally bankrupt billionaires champion working people. The one that says you should try to conceal your di

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