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Boris Johnson and Donald Trump share elastic relationship with the truth, says Lord Patten

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson share an “elastic relationship with the truth”, the former chairman of the Conservative Party has stated.

Lord Patten additionally accused Mr Johnson or his senior adviser Dominic Cummings of turning the Conservative Party right into a “rather narrow sectarian English nationalist party”.

He added that he may consider some “serial mutton-heads” who may very well be chief of the Conservative Party, and would stand a very good probability of beating “hopeless” Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett Show, Lord Patten stated: “I feel they (President Trump and Mr Johnson) share a few of the similar traits. I feel each of them have a sure, moderately elastic relationship with the fact. I feel that, for them, the problem shouldn’t be governing, it’s campaigning.

Lord Patten (PA Archive/PA Images)

“Mr Trump is campaigning the complete time and I feel Boris campaigns most of the time with out fascinated with what the penalties of what he says could also be.

“I feel it’s a horrible disgrace that when the British Prime Minister talks about belief and being trusted, BBC and different audiences chortle out loud in his face, and Mr Johnson doesn’t appear to be apprehensive by that.

“I feel it’s fairly terrible and very unhappy for our democracy.”

Accusing Mr Johnson or Mr Cummings of turning the Tory Party right into a “narrow sectarian English nationalist party”, he added: “I think that’s grist to Mr Trump’s mill. I think he likes seeing nationalists and he’s prepared to support anybody who is a nationalist, even people like Mr Erdogan.”

Lord Patten stated that he believes this election marketing campaign has been overshadowed by “spectacular delusions”.

He added: “There’s at all times a level of spin that goes on, and not every little thing that’s stated is fully truthful.

“But I feel this marketing campaign has been marked by spectacular delusions and spectacular examples of lying alongside the manner, proper from Get Brexit Done in the first place, the arguments for holding the election that had been spurious, the indisputable fact that even the Queen was concerned I feel in a dishonourable manner in the try to arrange the election – I feel all that may be very unhealthy for us.

“We did have a way of excellent guys on each side who knew how far to go, knew there have been some strains that they shouldn’t cross, and I feel we’ve misplaced that for the time being, and I feel it’s actually unhappy.”

Quoting former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Lord Patten added that “it’s a pity both sides can’t lose” the upcoming election.

“There can’t be any circumstances extra propitious for any Conservative to win an election.

“I may consider some serial mutton-heads who may very well be chief of the Conservative Party, and would stand an excellent probability of beating Mr Corbyn.

“I don’t think he’s a bad person, I just think he’s hopeless. The Venezuelan economics that he’s offering people would I think be a real disaster,” he stated.

The peer added: “The thing you can’t do in our electoral system unfortunately, the thing you can’t do, is vote for a hung Parliament.”

Lord Patten – who can not vote as a member of the House of Lords – indicated that, if he had a vote, he would discover it exhausting to vote Conservative.

He stated: “I couldn’t vote for any candidate who had voted in the previous for a no-deal Brexit. Nor may I vote for a candidate who wouldn’t make it clear that in the future he or she wouldn’t vote for a no-deal Brexit.

“Now I’m certain there are some Conservatives who really feel fairly strongly that they wouldn’t settle for a no-deal Brexit, wherein case I may assist them.

“Otherwise I’d be wanting on the poll paper for who could be wise about Brexit over the subsequent months and years, and who additionally represented integrity and precept throughout the board.”

Lord Patten added that he doesn’t consider a “huge trade deal” could be accomplished with the US.

“No, I don’t think we can. We may be able to do some side deals but it won’t be something which is better than the market which we’ve got in Europe at the moment,” he stated.

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