Opinion – Luck Runs Out for a Leader of Brexit Campaign – The New York Times – John Gelmini

Boris Johnson graffiti

Boris Johnson graffiti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We never were a meritocracy as Dr Alf knows all too well, too many people are appointed on the basis of being Oxbridge educated or “jolly good chaps” and just 7% of Times 1000 CEOs are women versus about 22% for the Fortune 500 in America.

The mendacious, the ineffective, the wilful and the stupid are in charge and lead gilded lives.

What happened with Boris is symptomatic of a broader and more pervasive malaise afflicting society generally in which the more lies you tell, the more mistakes you make, the better you do.

In his case I was taken in by his ability to schmooze and not upset the Chinese and others that David Cameron upset and I began to like what Michael Gove was doing when he was an education Minister.

Now I have come to change my view in line with Dr Alf’s but for different reasons.

John Gelmini

EU Trade Commissioner: No trade talks until full Brexit – BBC News

Boris Johnson at the University of Bedfordshire

Boris Johnson at the University of Bedfordshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Nigel Farage.

English: Nigel Farage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The BBC reports that the top European Union trade official as saying that the UK cannot begin negotiating terms for doing business with the bloc until after it has left it.

Source: EU Trade Commissioner: No trade talks until full Brexit – BBC News

This is the Brexit Catch 22.

This was obvious to the experts but the experts were ignored by Brexit supporters listening to Farage, Johnson, Gove et al.

Investment will be frozen and jobs will go overseas. Families with big mortgages and credit card bills need to start doing some disaster planning.

What a mess! This was all because the populists listened to the Pied Piper. Read the NYT view on Johnson, the Pied Piper.