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反革命鲍里斯·约翰逊

伦敦—如果历史重复自己——先是悲剧,然后是闹剧——那么下一个出场的是鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)。约翰逊是一位将现时代矛盾表现得淋漓尽致的百变政客。他是生于1%特权家族的护民官;他是一位鼓吹关闭边境的移民之子;他是想要颠覆政治秩序的保守党;他是一位嘲笑专家的博学之士;他是偶尔将黑人称为“黑小孩”的世界大同论者。约翰逊在葬送英国的欧洲未来方面无出其右者;但他的八面玲珑又可能成为它的救世主。

在被任命为外交大臣的首次公开露脸中,约翰逊比较了英国脱欧投票和法国大革命。他在法国大使馆国庆日庆典上欢呼雀跃地将公投称为“一次针对令人窒息的官僚主义旧体制的伟大的群众起义,这个体制的民主特征早已难以辨别。”引起一片嘘声。

但英国脱欧投票——及其重建昔日英国的许诺——与其说是革命,不如说是反革命。鲍里斯及其脱欧派同道更像是颠覆法兰西共和国、重建君主制的拿破仑三世,而不是丹东或罗伯斯庇尔。

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