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Thursday 8 December 2016

Boris Johnson: Hysterical mourning for EU is a contagion which defies truth

Boris Johnson

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

Bob Geldof addresses tens of thousands of people in Parliament Square who marched through central London in a 'March For Europe Event' at the weekend Photo:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Bob Geldof addresses tens of thousands of people in Parliament Square who marched through central London in a 'March For Europe Event' at the weekend Photo:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

On Friday, I heard a new dawn chorus outside my house. There was a rustling and twittering, as though of starlings assembling on a branch. Then I heard a collective clearing of the throat and they started yodelling my name - followed by various expletives. "Oi Boris - c---!" they shouted. Or "Boris - w-----!" I looked out to see some otherwise charming-looking young people, the sort who might fast to raise money for a Third World leprosy project.

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They had the air of idealists: Corbynistas; Lefties; people who might go on a march to stop a war. And so when they started on their protest song, I found myself a bit taken aback.

"EU, we love YOU! EU, we love YOU!" they began to croon. Curious, I thought. What exactly is it about the EU that attracts the fervent admiration of north London radicals? It was the first time I had ever heard of trendy socialists demonstrating in favour of an unelected supranational bureaucracy.

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