Certainly, when folks liken Boris Johnson to Trump, the comparisons are sometimes both overblown or superficial (the hair). However the two, undeniably, do have this in frequent: They’re politicians who’re communicators at first, unafraid to talk their minds.
In fact, Johnson is a journalist who typically reaches for the metaphor, the peroration, the 800-word opinion article, moderately than the raging, blunt tweet. However each males are direct. They lower by means of.
Nevertheless it’s not simply in pushing again on in any other case like-minded American politicians the place Johnson the communicator thrives.
I have been lucky sufficient to have seen a few of this up shut, having frolicked with Johnson each in London and Washington. In a gathering we had within the mayor’s workplace in 2015, Johnson displayed a eager information of the US political system and its solid of characters, asking incisive questions, and never dismissing Trump’s possibilities within the Republican main.
Johnson rises to the prime ministership at a particularly tough time for the UK. Regardless of the perfect efforts of Theresa Could, Britain stays with no deal to depart the European Union — and none in sight — and an October 31 deadline Johnson has dedicated to, with or with no deal. In the meantime, the British public stays bitterly divided over Brexit, whereas battling the identical left-right and urban-rural divides that America faces.
Having watched Johnson function up shut, I’ve witnessed his distinctive expertise of mixing wit — typically self-deprecating — and information to appeal admirers and disarm critics (or enrage them, when he finds that advantageous). These qualities ought to serve him nicely. He’ll want them. If the American president has a very powerful job on the earth, in 2019, the subsequent UK prime minister could nicely have the hardest.