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Boris branded 'fat Elvis' in brutal German media take down

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Heralding what he claimed to be the downfall of Mr Johnson, musician and music journalist Robert Rotifer, who lives in England, has issued a devastating analysis of the PM’s current predicament. He explained his belief that Mr Johnson is on the way out by comparing his situation to the latter half of Elvis Presley’s career. His rant concluded by stating that the PM “remains true to the only thing that really interests him: himself.”

Mr Rotifer started by arguing that the key moment for the end of Mr Johnson was not the alleged Downing Street parties during lockdown.

He stated, instead, that it was signified by the moment when tens of thousands at the darts world championship yelled “Stand up if you hate Boris!”.

He wrote: “In addition to the number of people who loudly expressed their hatred of Johnson, what was even more interesting was who they were and how they did it.

“Regarding the former: Those who were shouting were representatives of the very ‘white working class’ whose votes helped Boris Johnson win his big election two and a bit years ago – at least according to the myth.

“The fact that the Darts World Cup viewers called Johnson by his first name ‘Boris’ demonstrated the reversal of exactly that quality that had once helped him to achieve untouchable popularity: the folksy charm of the self-absorbed clown, who doesn’t mind if you not only laugh with him but at him.”

He added: “What was being expressed here, if you listened to the chants more closely, was pure hatred.

“The name ‘Boris’ suddenly no longer sounded like a buddy, but now carried the same contemptuous undertone as ‘Maggie’, the last person in office who was customarily referred to by her first name.

“Once the brand has become a dirty word, there is no turning back.”

Mr Rotifer went on to compare Mr Johnson’s 2019 election victory, which he said “took him from popular buffoon to prime minister”, to Elvis’ comeback TV special in 1968, which “crowned him the undisputed king of rock ‘n’ roll”.

The musician stated: “Johnson is now in the ‘Fat Elvis’ stage of his career”.

The comparison comes not long after the PM was accused of ‘fat-shaming’ after he appeared to mock SNP MP Ian Blackford’s weight during PMQ’s.

Mr Rotifer referenced when Elvis messed up the song “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” live in Las Vegas, and draws a comparison between the singers’ attempts to cover up the mistake with jokes and forced laughter with Mr Johnson’s own efforts to survive under the barrage of criticism following the accusations of partygate.

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He described Presley’s performance as “about as irritating as Johnson’s involuntarily raised corner of his mouth when he smirked whenever he delivered his increasingly implausible denials of blame or mock apologies in recent months.”

Mr Johnson’s recent appointments to key party positions following five high-profile resignations also invited comparison to Elvis’ decline, argued Mr Rotifer. He states that the loss of five of Mr Johnson’s closest allies echoes the departure of Elvis’ closest bodyguards in 1976 – who went on to publish a scandalous book about the famous singer.

However, the comparison ended for Mr Rotifer when “survivor Johnson [did] something that even Elvis wouldn’t have dared: he seeks his salvation in a radical genre change.”

Among the new hires for Parliament was Guto Harri, who had in the past criticised Boris and said he was “digging his own political grave” with flippant remarks in Parliament.

Mr Rotifer responded by arguing: “Boris Johnson, the endlessly outrageous narcissist, endlessly in need of love, sees no problem in inviting the man who said such things about him to join in the shovelling.

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“Just as in the “Partygate” scandal he is willing to sacrifice his closest officials and the credibility of the Metropolitan Police for his political survival.

“Ultimately, the Boris project was never really about things like Brexit or the so-called levelling up, the much-invoked formula for miraculously eliminating the inequality of modern Great Britain characterised by the South-North divide.

“‘I will survive,’ he sang. And remains true to the only thing that really interests him: himself.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.



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'Have to kick the pedal to the metal' Ex-Ukrainian leader slams Macron tank aide hesitancy

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Ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk sat down on LBC Radio to discuss NATO leaders. NATO has been allying themselves with Ukraine, sending help and weaponry and taking fleeing Ukrainian refugees. NATO members held a conference on the Russian invasion earlier this week to discuss more ways to help Ukraine.

Mr Yatsenyuk pushed for Macron to send over military tanks as promised, slamming him for dragging his feet, and claiming that the war in Ukraine affects the security of every European country.

Mr Yatsenyuk said: “That’s what Putin is closely watching, as for now, Putin didn’t expect this kind of unity and consolidated and concerted actions against the Russian federation.

“But you know, the time is running and we don’t have enough time to wait until some EU member states decide to supply more weapons to Ukraine.

“Or to impose tougher and stronger sanctions on the Russian Federation, so the EU has to be decisive and they have to speed up the process of new sanctions.

“And the shipment and delivery of weapons to Ukraine, because it’s not just about Ukraina and they realise it clearly, this is about the free world.

“And this is about the security of every single nation in the European Union, so the French have to kick the pedal to the metal.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained this week that he expected “serious steps” from Western-allied countries.

Mr Zelensky repeated the calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine to be imposed by NATO forces and complained that the Western allies had not yet provided Ukraine with sufficient planes, up to date modern anti-missile systems, tanks or anti-ship weapons.

Mr Zelensky added: “At these three summits we will see who is our friend, who is our partner and who sold us out and betrayed us.”

President Zelensky also expressed that he was grateful for the support Ukraine was continuing to receive from individual NATO member countries from around the world.

Mr Zelensky added: “But NATO has yet to show what the alliance can do to save people,” he said. “It feels like we’re in the grey zone between the West and Russia, but we’re protecting all our and your shared values.

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Mr Johnson added: “We’ve got to tighten the economic vice around Putin, sanctioning more people today, as we are, sanctioning the Wagner Group, looking at what we can do to stop Putin using his gold reserves, and also doing more to help the Ukrainians defend themselves.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been playing an active role in trying to de-escalate the war with Russia by imposing tight sanctions on Russia to try and stop Putin’s warpath of destruction.

Ms Truss has warned that infighting between NATO countries at the moment could be highly detrimental for progress in ending the war.

Mr Truss said: “Russia’s targeting of critical national infrastructure is calculated and dangerous.

“It shows Putin is prepared to risk lives to sow division and confusion among allies.”



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Brexit news: What happens when Article 16 is triggered?

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After Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) was confirmed, the two parties have been attempting to renegotiate terms for a special Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland. Coined the Northern Ireland protocol it’s been a point of contention that’s led to threats from each side of triggering a mechanism called Article 16. But what is it?

What is Article 16?

The UK and EU agreed to the creation of the Northern Ireland protocol, in October 2019.

By allowing goods to flow freely between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland the deal removed the threat of a hard border.

But the arrangement has also resulted in what’s been labelled as an ‘Irish Sea border’.

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Goods that now arrive into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK are subjected to more stringent checks and controls.

In the scenario that either the UK or EU feel that the protocol is leading to significant issues or hampering their capacity to trade, then they have the option of activating Article 16.

The component sets out the process for taking unilateral “safeguard” measures, which in reality would amount to suspending parts of the deal.

Specifically, Article 16 says safeguard measures can be taken if the protocol is leading to serious “economic, societal or environmental difficulties” that are liable to persist.

He said: “Triggering Article 16 now would severely disrupt the unity of the UK and EU response to the war in Ukraine.

“It is thus perhaps not surprising that key US figures chose this week to restate that any uncertainty around the stability of the Good Friday Agreement would hinder a future UK-US trade deal.”

In recent months talks between Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic have stalled, leading to calls from Brexiteers for the UK to act.

However, Professor Menon cautioned that triggering Article 16 won’t “rid” Britain of the protocol.

He added: “I think the British Government if it triggers Article 16 will do something relatively small and contained.

“And then there’s not a massive bust-up. You don’t end up getting rid of the protocol. You end up with months if not years of negotiations, mediation and arbitration.

“So, it’s a way of doing something but it’s not a way of solving anything. In a sense you’re still stuck with the protocol and you’re still negotiating about the future of the protocol.”

In essence, were Article 16 to be triggered it wouldn’t have a huge impact on the ground.

Many of the checks on goods flowing from Britain to Northern Ireland have already been unilaterally suspended.

Triggering the mechanism itself would only start a formal dispute process that requires both sides to go into talks to resolve.



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NATO slammed as former US Army chief exposes ‘two big issues’ in united Russia response

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US Army vice chief of staff general Jack Keane, sat down on LBC radio to talk about the NATO conference which took place earlier this week. Mr Keane discussed the possibility that Putin could deploy chemical biological weapons on the battlefield. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already used the highly condemned thermobaric weapons since the war started just over a month ago.

The US Army chief acknowledged there had been no public policy declaration on the consequences Putin would face if he was to take such a barbaric action.

Mr Keane said: “Listen I was very disappointed by the NATO summit.

“I totally applaud the fact that they’re going to increase by 40k troops in Eastern Europe.

“And they’re increasing sanctions and it seems like a sense of unity.

“But on two big issues, it’s got to be disappointing, there’s no NATO public policy declaration.

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Mr Keane added: “At the end of that summit to deal with this particular issue, chemical biological weapons and nuclear weapons which the Russians have been waving in front of our face now for almost 30 days.

“What we need is… Think policy statement, not something that’s left to a reporter to ask a question on.

“And then you get a statement that you just repeated, which leads to more confirmation than anything else.

“A much better statement, using my words… I don’t want to put words into other people’s mouths.

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“But with me, the use of any form of WMB would be unacceptable.

“We will not let it stand, it will result in decisive consequential actions and all options are on the table.

“Words to that effect, in a public policy statement, and we didn’t get it and it’s really unfortunate.

“And what it does it leaves in the minds of Putin and his  leaders just what would the reaction be, ambiguous like that and I think it’s very unfortunate.”

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Fear of the Russian military deploying chemical biological weapons has been heightened.

Ukrainian outlet InformNapalm has warned that: “Our conclusions may sound premature or too apocalyptic, but after the missile attacks and bombing of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, which the Russian army resorted to, we believe that it is necessary to make these data public and try to thwart any such intentions of Russia.”

And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Thursday: “We’ve tried to be very clear about the gravity of the use of any such chemical weapons.

“These are agents that should never be employed and certainly not on the battlefield, as we are concerned Russia might.”



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