Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn beat Boris Johnson so well in the first TV duel before the British parliamentary elections that it could be exciting. The prime minister, on the other hand, was struggling to end his reputation as a liar.
If there is an English-speaking people who did not invent political TV duels, it's the British. In fact, they introduced the format so late that it could easily be a millionaire question on RTL: When did the British first TV duel take place – in 1987, 1995, 2002 or 2010?
While in 1960, for the first time in the history of television and the US, two presidential candidates (John F. Kennedy and then Vice President Richard Nixon) faced each other, fear ruled in London for another five decades of fear in the minds of government leaders, you could be in a TV duel bad or at least disadvantageous and something unimaginative over – as the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Tuesday evening in the station ITV.
Before the parliamentary elections on December 12, it was Johnson's first of four live panel discussions with Jeremy Corbyn, his political opponent of the Labor Party. And the only tangible thing you want to tell the bearded challenger with the glasses after the discussion is a mirror. So he can look again at how strangely crooked the glasses are in his face, how fogged a glass is – and how cheeky he would look as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Hopefully he sees it!
Laughing at Johnson's Lies
In fact, the dangers of television duels are really big from the point of view of incumbents, if you consider Everything that went awry or, from the point of view of the politicians that have been repeatedly praised by the British politicians, really good, for example, one single presenter could ask precisely and stubbornly, journalist Julie Etchingham said on Tuesday evening through a mix of relevant questions of the Modera torin, the audience and the respective challenger become unpredictable. That too was the case this time. Or the studio audience might laugh at the wrong or from the point of view of critical and annoyed voters in the right places.
Boris Johnson will have felt that moment on Tuesday evening as the harshest punch in the stomach when the spectators present no longer after trying to get away with the little lewd "I think so" How had the question been? "Does the truth matter in this election – is the truth (still) important in this campaign?" With small eyes, Johnson, who was already a little tired and limp, had to endure how he bawled over him for a brief moment – and probably in larger parts of the population as well, as if England had scored a goal. An Own Goal!
Undoubtedly, it is a remarkable fact of British politics in times of Brexit that a prime minister is openly and everywhere referred to as a "liar" – and may be called unpunished: by journalists, parliamentarians, lawyers and judges. Of course, this accusation is part of the dramaturgical repertoire before each election: that the representatives of the opposing party lie. Especially the Tories had to endure earlier sayings like "Cons con" ("Conservative dizzy and cheat"). But with a "Lord of the Lies" at their head, over which the people laugh out loud – with this flaw, the Tories have never entered the race.
New Tension in Tough Campaign
Though It was certainly the goal of Boris Johnson in this first duel to stand his challenger Jeremy Corbyn as an unpredictable and petty-minded Marxist and once more hang it as "girl's blouse", that's exactly what he failed to do. The "girl's blouse" in the English slang stands for a coward, a washcloth and especially for a Zauderer who keeps all options open, shy responsibility and in the end everyone is frustrated. But Corbyn has not only struck bravely against the fanciful rhetoric Johnson. He seemed more mature, rested, and better prepared over longer stretches of the one-hour debate. And even if he may have been too old-fashioned for some spectators, in terms of morality and persuasive power he has risen so unbounded and even strengthened from the fighting ring that it could yet again be exciting in this generally arduous election campaign.
Wären not even the real procrastination of Jeremy Corbyn – especially the B-word "Brexit", the R-word "Referendum" and the S-word "Scotland". For any proud Englishman, they automatically lead to the unbearable I-Word "Independence", Scotland's independence aspiration. Boris Johnson has at least understood how to make all these topics to small to medium-sized frightening ghosts, such as the repeatedly repeated allegation that Jeremy Corbyn could form a coalition with Nicola Sturgeon, so the head of the "Scottish National Party". Corbyn easily and confidently refused.
Corbyn for second Brexit referendum
For Brexit, he was (by his standards) just as clear: he was going to question the population So there will definitely be a second referendum! Well, and as for the unity of the kingdom, which of course defended Johnson as "One Nation Tory" with verve, Corbyn remained more open – and then sounded for a moment as one who combines the backward labor struggle and the progressive treason treachery: Sure "Union is somehow important – but fairness is even more important. Politics must prevent the social decline of society, where billionaires live on one side and poor people on the other, and if that is better in Scotland and with the EU … it would be equally important to try new ways such as the 4-day week in industrial companies. It was Corbyn's most courageous move!
What Boris Johnson has been trying to do during the past weeks and months of prayer-that is, to draw people's attention from Brexit to other important fields of politics-is Jeremy Corbyn in this Duel succeeded. For example, when it came to the controversial issue of NHS, the state's national health system. Government critics fear that Johnson will privatize it and, as Corbyn pointed out, "sell it off to the US and the pharmaceutical giants." For this, the Labor chief even submitted specially researched evidence to show that a series of confidential meetings between Johnson's government and US officials took place.
Boris Johnson also had the issue of climate and environmental protection so little under control that he failed to outdo Corbyn, or at least to neutralize it. From the point of view of the conservative ruling party, after this somewhat meager appearance of Johnson in any case of "Corbyn Neutral" will be out of the question!