Good morning, this is Priscila and this is my Saturday pick.
As my colleague and friend Vanessa Vallejo recently pointed out, the West is in a desperate search for a leader with the will and courage to stand up against the Putins and Xi Jinpings of the world. President Biden, unloved and unrespected (both domestically and abroad) took the “too little, too late” path in a crisis with no parallel in modern times.
Boris Johnson, Britain’s polemic prime minister, is a solid candidate to fill in these shoes. The arguments behind my choice are not whimsical. Party-friendly Johnson may be prone to scandal, but he embodies the values the West is supposed, in the 21st century, to encapsulate.
An undeniable freedom fighter, BoJo has a lot of good, old, heavy-drinker Churchill going on. Both leaders are free markets defenders, and have a deep understanding of the threats of authoritarianism.
Most importantly, however, Johnson was chosen by Russia’s despot himself as the regime’s main opponent. The Kremlin described Britain’s PM as “the most active participant in the race to be anti-Russian,” and such distinction can’t go unnoticed.
Although Boris (say it slowly, Putin) is certainly not “anti-Russian,” he is anti-totalitarianism. And the Kremlin knows it, that’s why it fears him.
Meanwhile, as the dark hours of the past strengthen once again over Europe, let’s hope for the best.
Have a great weekend,
Pris Guinovart is a writer, editor and teacher. In 2014, she published her fiction book «The head of God» (Rumbo, Montevideo). She speaks six languages. Columnist since the age of 19, she has written for media in Latin America and the United States // Pris Guinovart es escritora, editora y docente. En 2014, publicó su libro de ficciones «La cabeza de Dios» (Rumbo, Montevideo). Habla seis idiomas. Columnista desde los 19 años, ha escrito para medios de America Latina y Estados Unidos