These men are treated as harmless, funny outliers. But their views are real—and stand to do real harmby Sian Norris / September 6, 2017 / Leave a comment
It started with Boris.
There he was on Have I Got News For You with his funny hair, bumbling along to gentle jokes from Hislop and Merton. As the nation giggled at one of our more eccentric Old Etonian politicians, the things we sort of always knew about him faded from memory.
What were those things? His callous attitude towards women. His comments about piccaninnies with their watermelon smiles—a comment worthy of that other ‘gaffe prone’ aristocrat, Prince Philip. His stated concerns about gay marriage, which could, he claimed, lead to three men marrying their dog. The made-up stories about the EU demanding a standardised condom size. None of this was a secret. His views weren’t hidden.
But he’s funny! we cried. Look at his hair!
The next thing we knew, he was Mayor of London. Now he’s Foreign Secretary, treated with mocking contempt by even the Trump White House.
Which brings me to Trump. Another eccentric; another perceived ‘outsider’ who had in fact always been on the inside, claiming to “say the unsayable” when, in fact, he was saying…