Even during the Brexit campaign in 2016, which ended up washing him into the post of prime minister, Boris Johnson was not so particular about the truth.

He always understood politics in such a way that he wanted to achieve the greatest possible impact with big words.

He was never really enthusiastic about the troubles of the level, the practical implementation of political projects.

Such trifles are dealt with by subordinates, an attitude that has happened before in the British upper class.

This quality did not seriously harm Johnson as London's Lord Mayor, since there was always someone at the national level whom he could blame for things that went wrong.

His unconventional demeanor was well received by many.

He also gained approval from voters who are not natural supporters of the Conservative Party.

Brexit was not an affair of the heart

This is exactly what made Johnson so attractive to the party, which has always considered itself Britain's 'natural' party of government.

The country's exit from the European Union was not a matter of the heart for Johnson, unlike many others in the party.

Rather, for a while he had semi-publicly pondered whether he should perhaps support staying in the EU.

Correctly assessing the mood in the party, he then put himself at the head of the Brexit movement.

Here he saw the chance to eventually move up to the office of Prime Minister.

His predecessor Theresa May, for whom he officially served as Secretary of State for two years, did him the favor of weakening himself enough through all sorts of political clumsiness to clear the way for Johnson.

With him, most of the Conservative Party believed, as did a majority of British voters, as it turned out, that everything would get better.

It was thought that Johnson, radiating tremendous energy, would show "Europe" it.

The Corona crisis brought its dark side to light

But even here the limits of the populist became apparent.

He was a master at “selling” the withdrawal agreement with the EU.

But when people saw in practice what their self-proclaimed genius had negotiated with Brussels on Downing Street, the great disappointment began.

The Northern Ireland protocol, which Johnson is willing to unilaterally break just to avoid having to admit that he negotiated badly from his point of view, is just one example.

The corona pandemic and how it was dealt with finally brought Johnson’s dark side to light.

First he downplayed the plague, then he made erratic decisions.

And when he recognized the seriousness of the situation and agreed with the British, he – as it turned out later – applied different rules to himself than to everyone else.

He denied that at first.

He only ever admitted what could no longer be denied.

To the end he believed that people would let him get away with anything.

He succumbed to the fallacy of all populists.

They think it's impossible that they could be unpopular.

As Boris Johnson has just found out, the Conservative Party has not lost its strong instinct for power and has forced him to retreat.

Boris Johnson did not fail because of any conspiracies, but ultimately because of his own character.

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