Boris Johnson rose to the top of British politics because he stood out as an exception. He was a charismatic devil-may-care elitist and well-known television personality in a crowd of grey drudges, all of who insist piously that they are intent on serving voters rather than looking out for themselves. There is no doubting that Johnson’s boldness sets him apart. Even in the disgrace of his ousting from Number Ten, he has brow-beaten the establishment into letting him stay on as caretaker Prime Minister for a final party at Chequers. But Boris Johnson has more in common with his fellow politicians than may appear at first glance. That at least occurs to me after taking part in a discussion on what makes our politicians tick with the psychotherapist Lucy Beresford for her new podcast series for Reaction, On The Couch.
In his all-too-short life, Philipp Otto Runge brought an almost shocking originality to everything he attempted.