What Machiavelli can teach us about Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt (and politicians in general)

Fascinating piece by Christopher Fear:

Clown’; ‘buffoon’; ‘jester’; ’racist liar’ – these are just some of the terms used to refer to Boris Johnson, who, today, won the conservative party leadership contest, to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The media is having a field day over his candidature, portraying him as a clumsy but charismatic politician.

Boris’s opponent, Jeremy Hunt, on the other hand, was portrayed as a ‘serious,’ ‘managerial’ politician who pays attention to detail. In short, though both men embody the values of the Conservative party, they were projected as men with very different political styles.

But what can this campaign tell us about the realpolitik?

To our rescue comes an Italian political theorist, the author of one of the most famous works in history – Nicollo Machiavelli– who famously said: 

“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must, therefore, be a fox to recognise traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”

As Britain’s Conservative party leadership voted to elect Boris Johnson to be their leader, we dished out an article that explains the phenomenon of image building in the political arena.

Read the whole thing and figure out how can one classify politicians as lions and foxes. How times keep changing making people prefer one over the other…

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