The establishment seems to think that the scare and smear tactics they used against Tommy Robinson will also work against Boris Johnson. It has to be admitted that these tactics did work very well against Robinson. He’s been turned into an unperson, and the middle classes have been scared off him.
But these tactics aren’t working against Boris Johnson, and they won’t work. And that’s because Boris Johnson is already a well-established member of the ruling class. Eton, Oxford, Times, Telegraph, Tory party, Spectator, book deals, BBC appearances… you can’t try to make out that he’s really a bad guy, because all these bad things he supposedly did were while he was socialising in the very circles that are now trying to denounce him. If he was so bad, why did you employ him? Why did you invite him to your parties?
The same thing happened with Donald Trump. He’s supposed to be this crass, unacceptable guy to the Establishment, but all those crass things he did or said were when he was at the heart of the Democrat Party, and they weren’t bothered by them then. In fact they were celebrating him as a real, vigorous, high achiever. So nobody believes that they’re really bothered by them now. Bill Clinton did much worse, and they shrugged all that off, so we’re supposed to believe that them having the vapours over Trump isn’t just a party political stunt? We’re supposed to believe that if Boris Johnson was Labour then he’d be getting the same headlines about touching someone’s knees years ago? Nope.
(The other reason a lot of people aren’t bothered by this sort of stuff is, of course, that we need someone to get Brexit done, and we don’t care whether or not he’s an angel. Same applies to Trump. Ordinary Americans are looking right now for someone who can do what he says, not a saint.)