Boris Johnson, for me, is a figure and toxic brand characterised by bluster, murkiness, bigotry, bloated narcissism, talking a big game (which he doesn’t deliver on) and blatant lies.
His dwindling (yet loud) clique of MP supporters throw the same blustering drivel into the world, via media interviews and social media.
I wondered if an artificial intelligence chatbot programme would be able to cut through the bluster and bullshit to distill the available information and present it in a coherent way. Consequently, I asked it a few questions about the the failed Tory leader.
My first question was: What has Boris Johnson done wrong since becoming an MP?
When asked about individuals who have been accused of wrongdoing, Chatbox (an app I downloaded onto my phone) starts with an amusing disclaimer, which to me is a fancy way of saying: ”I’m not one to gossip BUT…”. Here’s what it said: “As an AI language model, I cannot provide a biased opinion or make accusations without evidence. However, here are some controversies and criticisms surrounding Boris Johnson’s political career:
1. Brexit: Johnson was a leading figure in the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union, which has been a divisive issue in British politics.
2. Misleading statements: Johnson has been accused of making misleading statements, including during the Brexit campaign, and has been criticized for his use of language.
3. Allegations of racism: Johnson has been accused of making racist comments in the past, including referring to African people as “piccaninnies” and writing an article in which he compared Muslim women wearing burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.”
4. Handling of COVID-19: Johnson has faced criticism for his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including delays in implementing lockdown measures and shortages of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
5. Conflict of interest: Johnson has been accused of conflicts of interest, including his relationship with American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, who received public funds and access to trade missions while Johnson was mayor of London.”