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“Britain is f—–.” Johnson comes off almost as a comical buffoon, which Oliver calls a “carefully calibrated act.”
Now BoJo has a mere 100 days to shepherd the UK out of the European Union, and failure “could have catastrophic ramifications” not just for Britain but for the entire world. Then comes the Hugh Grant analogy.
“Think of it this like this: Hugh Grant is delightful in romantic comedies: the stammering, the hesitation, the inability to relate to his immediate surroundings with any level of competence. You want to see Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, but no one wants to see him in United 93, because the context would make his character a lot less charming.”
One would normally feel some sympathy for the fumbling BoJo, except Americans have Donald Trump, a man who also makes promises he cannot keep, and we are content to feel sorry for ourselves.