When the General Election is finally called, you can be sure that Boris Johnson will rival Donald Trump when it comes to fake news, outright lying and slandering of political opponents.
Trump and Johnson are political arsonists who like nothing better than to pour petrol on the flames and watch as the fire then runs out of control.
Johnson has his own version of Trump’s alt-right cheerleaders in the shape of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s “special political adviser”.
Cummings, who masterminded the disinformation of the official Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, is an extreme libertarian for whom the end justifies the means.
He apparently wants to tear down the civil service and many believe it was his advice that led to Johnson’s unlawful suspension of Parliament. With his advisers urging him on, Johnson is building the platform for a sinister, populist election campaign the likes of which the UK has never seen before.
This is almost certain to include “People v Parliament” as a central theme in a direct and reactionary challenge to the faltering system of representative democracy.
Johnson is thus travelling the road of autocrats and dictators down the ages, placing himself above the established state institutions and democratic processes.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are already lined up for scurrilous treatment by Johnson and the Tory media.
A taste of what’s around the corner came in the Commons on Monday during exchanges on the fatuous Queen’s Speech which was constructed as an insult to Parliament itself because it was actually an election manifesto.
Johnson, who recently purged the Tory Party of opponents of his suicidal no-deal Brexit policy, turned on Corbyn about the reorganisation of the Labour leader’s office.
Betraying the uselessness of his expensive Eton education, Johnson likened the process to “Soviet-era expulsions” as “one by one his lieutenants are purged” by the “fabricator of GLC budgets” (a reference to McDonnell’s time as deputy leader and chair of finance at the Greater London Council).
So the leap was made from the elected GLC, a peaceful if diffcult party reorganisation to the sinister world of Stalinism, where countless souls perished, either in the gulags or in the basement of the Lubyanka, the Moscow headquarters of the secret police.
But the idiot Johnson was not about to stop there. He claimed it was comparable to the way “Lenin purged the associates of poor old Trotsky”. Now, as anyone with a cursory knowledge of Russian history knows, Lenin died in 1924 as he struggled against the growing bureaucracy in the Soviet Union.
It was, of course, Stalin – who Lenin opposed as his successor – who did the purging in the years that followed and who organised Trotsky’s assassination in Mexico in 1940.
But, hey, never let a few historical facts get in the way of a good story, even if it is composed essentially of lies, distortions and disinformation.
Be warned, you can expect more of the same in the next weeks as Johnson’s regime emulates his friend’s beleagured administration in Washington. Make sure they both go down in the flames they so love to fan.