Computer gaming has always been another country to me. I’ve never been taken by any aspect of it. I understand that gamers can get hooked and lose hours and days down rabbit holes. But the switch has never flicked.
I don’t believe Boris Johnson is a devoted gamer either. Given his appetites and rumoured peccadilloes, I can’t imagine him lost in a Call of Duty binge. Which is why his repeated pledge to ‘level up’ Britain rings hollow.
For a start, it’s meaningless. I know Boris Johnson likes to roll out broad and fairly meaningless epithets, but really, what’s he talking about this time? Getting a new phaser?
If Johnson is to really direct Britain to some shining new uplands, he needs to get beyond slogans and actually do something meaningful
If we give him the benefit of the doubt and we do attach actual meaning to it, let’s assume that he’s insisting he can deliver a bright future lifting the nation above the current place we find ourselves in. By implication, others, some ne’er-do-wells, have left us on the rack. Given that Boris Johnson and his party have been in power for 10 years, it’s a neat trick to be responsible for something, blame some other non-specific grouping, then claim you’re the very boys to sort the mess out.
As Brexit has happened/is about to happen for real on December 31/will keep us lashed to the mast of socio-economic and political uncertainty for at least 10 years, if Boris Johnson is actually serious about ‘levelling up’, he’d best get on with explaining how, and then doing it. Because there is nobody left to blame.
If he means uniting Britain in a One Nation future, he needs to involve the devolved nations, and opposition parties, in future planning talks. He may lead the party of government, but what will be agreed goes beyond party allegiances. To keep others shut out will only increase resentment, a sense of disenfranchisement and ultimately lead to further splits. Besides, there isn’t exactly a surfeit of political top rankers in the current Cabinet.