We might call it “Hitler-lalia”: the compulsion to mention Hitler during a contradictory argument. That language dysfunction lately has hit former London mayor especially.
Once again, Boris Johnson was in the spotlight. In his pompous verbosity, he took Hitler out of the hat, rivaling with his former adversary — also a former mayor — Ken Livingstone. But, while Livingstone has only mentioned the Nazi dictator among the “Zionists” — a misstep he paid for with a temporary suspension from the Labour Party — Johnson thinks the E.U. is the one deserving of comparison to the Austrian dictator.
Interviewed by the Daily Telegraph, the newspaper where he writes, Johnson expressed himself this way at the end of last week, in relation to the attempt to unify Europe, a constant Chimera attained only by Imperial Rome and, since then, tirelessly avoided by Imperial London; “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The E.U. is an attempt to do this by different methods.”