9 unimpressed reactions to Boris Johnson’s hand of friendship
Experts – those people the Leave campaign had had enough of – agree that divisions in UK society have broadened since the EU referendum. We’d say “Quelle surprise!” but French has probably been outlawed since the general election.
Because he’s obviously been told to by advisers, Boris Johnson used his New Year message to reach out to Remainers, which would be terrifying if literal, but was thankfully just metaphorical.
In case you missed it.
Happy New Year! Let’s make 2020 a fantastic year for Britain. pic.twitter.com/vp6WL1OFkD
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 31, 2019
The speech was reported like this.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, his target audience wasn’t particularly receptive, resulting in some no-punches-pulled reactions.
I've always found that the best way to make friends with someone is to continually lie to them, drag their country down the drain to serve my personal ambition and ruin their children's future. xxhttps://t.co/C0gxLx58Ov
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) January 1, 2020
Start 2020 by publishing the Russian Interference Report, if you want to be trusted.
— COLIN ALSTON (@COLINALSTON1) 31 December 2019
It’s a No from me.https://t.co/9MsxSUKPbY
— Dr Beyer 🇪🇺🔶 (@beyer_char) January 1, 2020
You're not my friend. Nor have you ever acted like my equal. And you're certainly not my PM. So stuff your bloody Brexit up your getnitdun, Johnson.https://t.co/CX5K5FlfB5
— Michael Dougan (@mdouganlpool) January 1, 2020
I don't lie down with cheats and shit-weasels Prime Minister. Jog the f*ck on.
Let's be friends: Boris Johnson's new year message to remainershttps://t.co/DD38CLm1Uy
— Citizen Soph 🇪🇺💚💛 🦌 (@FunSoph) January 1, 2020
My friends don't lie to me. They don't call me a traitor. They don't deprive me of my rights, attempt to curtail my democracy, intimidate my foreign colleagues, or walk out on the mothers of their multiple unacknowledged children.
Sorry Boris: it's a no.https://t.co/MyU10zMqtv
— Russ (@RussInCheshire) January 1, 2020
My New Year’s message to Johnson:
There is no fucking way I’m uniting behind you and your fucking awful Brexit. You relied on dividing us and whipping up a nativist, populist culture war to get your way and you don’t get to ‘be friends’ now that doesn’t suit you. Fuck off.
— sarah murphy (@13sarahmurphy) January 1, 2020
Okidoki, let's do this. What I expect from friends:
• They don't lie to me
• They treat me with respect
• They don't lie to me
• They aren't racist
• They don't hide in fridges
• They don't destroy the UK
• And they don't lie to me #LetsBeFriends
— Silent Bloke From Barnsley #NoParty #FSFA #R4OR (@nickynoo007) January 1, 2020
"Let us be friends" is what child groomers say after long periods of abuse and gaslighting.
"Just don't tell your mum."
Curse your 2020, you priapic haystack.https://t.co/kvZ7dwjDnW
— Anti-Brexit Alien (@LennieMerrick1) January 1, 2020
Writer Sarah Dempster put it succinctly.
Get, and I cannot stress this enough, tae fuck. pic.twitter.com/haVSUlLTnP
— Sarah Dempster (@Dempster2000) January 1, 2020
What’s that in Latin?