Page Three, Front Page, Back Page: Sex, Politics, and Sport. Andrew Windsor, Boris Johnson, and Novak Djokovic

Andrew, Boris and Novak

Prince Andrew was born on 19 February 1960 at Windsor Castle, the first child born to a reigning monarch since the birth in 1857 of Queen Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born on 19 June 1964 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Charlotte Fawcett, (died13 September 2021) an Oxford-educated artist, being the first married female undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall. She was supposedly a socialist who, in later life, was said to be the only red in the village when the Johnsons lived on Exmoor.

Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, as it was then.

These three people have been thrown together on the pages of the newspapers and on the video clips of the news broadcasts for the last five or six days.

All three seem to have forgotten, that with ‘Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ first said over two hundred years ago when on May 8, 1793 the French National Convention said, ‘Les Représentans du peuple se rendront à leur destination, investis de la plus haute confiance et de pouvoirs illimités. Ils vont déployer un grand caractère. Ils doivent envisager qu’une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir.’

Ms Virginia Giuffre was born Virginia Roberts in 1983 in California. Her family later relocated to Florida. At the age of seven, Virginia Roberts was no longer a virgin. She says she was sexually abused by a family friend, and her childhood was quickly taken away. “I was just so mentally scarred already at such a young age, and I ran away from that,” she told the BBC’s Panorama in 2019.

Later in her childhood, she was in and out of foster care. And by the age of 14, she was living on the streets where she says she found nothing except for hunger and pain and abuse.

She says she went from being abused by Epstein to being “passed around like a platter of fruit” among his powerful associates, as she was taken around the world on private jets. One of those powerful men was the then HRH Prince Andrew. Now, she wants her day in court. “My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable.”

Une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson attended the noblest school in the land followed by the most prestigious university. Eton and Oxford (and Balliol college at that) has been the grounding for now few than

Eton has produced 20 British prime ministers, and the Labour party has produced six. Balliol College, Oxford has now produced four. So he had the right pedigree. To be fair Eton’s first PM was 1721, the Labour party wasn’t founded until 1900 and wasn’t the main opposition until the 1920s.

Two hundred years ago, times were hard. A future prime minister said in 1817 in parliament, ‘My tender concern for the welfare of my subjects, and the sense of the difficulties with which the poorer classes particularly have to struggle, from the present high price of provisions, have induced me to call you together at an earlier period than I had otherwise intended. No object can be nearer my heart, than that by your care and wisdom, all such measures may be adopted, as may, upon full consideration, appear best calculated to alleviate this severe pressure, and to prevent the danger of its recurrence.’

Today times are hard and our Prime Minister cannot address social conditions. He can only say it is right to wait for the Sue Gray inquiry into his Downing Street parties which contravened his own rules during the Lockdown. Is this governing Britain?

The British front pages reveal day after day Boris’ unwise selections. So much so that not only has he become a laughing stock on social media but around Europe and the world. His antics have damaged Britain. Daily French newspaper Libération, highlighted that Johnson had surrounded himself with “yes” men and added “he is the only actor of the Boris Johnson show…. Many of those around him, mediocre politicians now drunk with the unexpected power that an ill-prepared referendum has bestowed upon them, have supported him because they saw it as a formidable opportunity for their careers.”

Der Spiegel said that Johnson “shaped the Tories in his own image” and replaced veteran Conservatives with “young loyalists who owe their election solely to Johnson.” It also argued if the Tories were to kick Johnson out of the party, they would “first have to recover the decency it largely lost when it surrendered to its election winner”.

He won(?) the vote of no confidence when only 46% of his own MPs voted against him.

Une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir.

Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, as it was then.

He fought his way to becoming the number one tennis player in the world only to be tripped up by two shots – not a backhand or a forehand – but a preliminary vaccination and a booster. By refusing vaccinations for whatever reason, he prejudiced his entry into countries with strict medical barriers. The ‘medical exemption’ route was tried, but seemingly an error was made on his application (by his agent – smacks of ‘Not me, Guv’) which allowed him into Australia. Now the error has been discovered he is back in detention, awaiting legal representation for his case to be heard again. No matter how good a tennis player he is, he has to follow the rules laid down for all citizens.

Une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir.

The world is tired of people who abuse their position.

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