Does Britain’s Prime Minister Have Huntington’s Disease?
Why a genetically inherited illness may go a long way to explaining Boris Johnson’s life to date
Many people have watched the antics of the British Conservative Party’s official Court Jester Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and assumed he’s merely another spoiled upper-middle-class twat who’s been far too indulged throughout his life and not hit sufficiently hard and frequently enough with an iron bar.
While this may very well be the reason Johnson is such a tiresome and incompetent buffoon, there may be a medical explanation that, if correct, provides insight into what the future will bring for the self-serving simpleton who was happy to sacrifice Britain on the altar of his own ambition.
Huntington’s Disease, while less well-known than Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, is an inherited illness that causes significant behavioral abnormalities in the decades before the final symptoms make themselves known and ultimately kill the sufferer.
Let’s look at the pre-symptomatic characteristics of a man with Huntington’s Disease.
First of all, those with the condition have little or no impulse control due to lack of inhibition normally generated within the prefrontal cortex. This lack of self-control, combined with a strong drive toward sociability, often leads such people to seem charismatic to those more bound by convention. Coupled with a high sex drive, such men frequently enjoy a wide range of temporary liaisons with susceptible women. For anyone with even a passing acquaintance with Johnson’s life, this describes him perfectly. Johnson himself is famous for not being sure precisely how many illegitimate children he’s fathered (the current guesstimate is at least eight).
Secondly, those with the condition have no hesitation about lying whenever it will suit their interests. Johnson is known by all to be a compulsive liar and during his years as a hack journalist was frequently censured and eventually fired for fabricating stories. His attitude was that it took far less effort to invent a lie than to do the tedious work of real journalism. It’s an attitude he brought into politics and which has given him, like his idol Trump in the USA, ultimate power. Johnson lied blatantly throughout the Brexit campaign in a manner that was quite shocking to the political establishment but which was very successful in appealing to low-IQ voters with zero comprehension of the real world.
Thirdly, those with the condition have difficulty focusing on anything for more than a few seconds at a time, which results in their personal and professional lives being chaotic. As a journalist Johnson was rarely able to meet a deadline and as Mayor of London his first year was a complete disaster. He was saved from ignominy only by the appearance of a chief of staff (Simon Milton) who brought order and discipline into the Mayor’s office, permitting Johnson to dedicate himself entirely to trivial stunts and headline-grabbing childish escapades. Johnson was, naturally, unable to stop himself telling all sorts of outlandish lies about his “successes” as Mayor and the national press was happy — as they were in the USA with Trump — to repeat and amplify the lies because they were headline-worthy and thus generated all-important revenues.
So far, then, Johnson’s life clearly shows all the major indicators of someone with pre-symptomatic Huntington’s Disease. He lacks impulse control, he tells lies as a matter of routine, he’s charming, he has had multiple casual and semi-casual sexual liaisons in which contraception has never been for him a concern, he’s incapable of focusing on anything, and he skips blithely from one catastrophe to another while everyone around him stares in amazement. And Johnson never learns from his many blunders because another classic pre-symptomatic indicator of Huntington’s Disease is lack of self-awareness.
Huntington’s Disease is pernicious precisely because it enables such men to reproduce with abandon, thus spreading the gene far more widely than would be possible if the early symptoms were deleterious. Johnson has certainly done his share of gene-spreading.
So what lies in Johnson’s future if this diagnosis is correct?
Sadly for the grinning buffoon, his future will be less of a pleasing infantile romp than his past has been. As the disease progresses, Johnson’s memory lapses will become more frequent and more acute. He will begin to suffer bouts of increasingly severe depression. As his motor control deteriorates his movements will become less adequate and will include stumbling, jerkiness, and general physical imprecision. As the disease progresses further he will become subject to unpredictable mood swings and his superficial charm will morph into a semi-paranoid resentment, sulkiness, and increasingly regular outbursts of irrational anger.
Later still, Johnson will begin to experience difficulty in breathing and swallowing. His speech will become impaired as the muscles of his throat become less and less pliable. Finally, generalized motor impairments will make it difficult for him to control his body, rendering movement increasingly difficult and awkward.
Most men who suffer from Huntington’s Disease begin to see the classical symptoms appearing in their fifties; once symptoms begin to appear, life expectancy ranges between fifteen to twenty years.
Johnson is fifty-six years old.
If the above diagnosis is correct, although Downing Street will undoubtedly cover up the early symptoms just as the White House famously covers up the symptoms of ill Presidents, there will come a time when dissimulation is no longer possible and Johnson will be relocated to live out his final years in an expensive nursing home.
It may come to pass that the greatest irony of Johnson’s life will be as Britain declines into incoherence and social collapse due to Johnson’s Brexit, Johnson himself will simultaneously decline into incoherence and eventual physical collapse due to the disease that made Brexit possible.
At least Johnson has an excuse: if he does suffer from Huntington’s Disease then he is mentally incompetent and he cannot be held responsible for his endless lies and self-gratification.
The British voters who swept him into power, on the other hand, can pretend to no such mitigating circumstance.