At The Financial Times: Harry Mount on Boris Johnson as Pericles, or Modern London is the true heir of ancient Greece. A comment by Politcal Reporter

The author of ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson’ proves himself to be the most sophisticated political sycophant yet to appear in these pages, this is surely an accomplishment, when there are so many precursors. Mr. Harry Mount produces a ‘History’ made to measure, for the mayor of a city that is not a part of Great Britain, but utterly apart from ‘this sceptered isle‘! London is an historical singularity in the narrative confected with such public relations aplomb: a combination of hubris and political pandering, in praise to one of the most notorious creatures that the Neo-Liberal swindle produced since Mrs. Thatcher.

Mr. Mount is an Oxbridger of impeccable educational credential, not to speak of his lineage as son of Ferdinand. Although Mount pere has been a bit more circumspect in his political apologetics. The Pericles/Johnson comparison, or parity, marks the ignominious end to this utter embarrassment. What follows is what W.H. Auden called curlicues: more Classical references, that will send you to your well worn copies of The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature by Sir Paul Harvey, and or The Oxford Classical Dictionary!

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