By Jonathon Van Maren
I will admit up front that I do not follow British politics particularly closely and that most of my friends who do were backing Boris Johnson for the leadership of the United Kingdom’s Tory party. He is, apparently, a conservative of sorts, although when anyone who is actually conservative presses his supporters on his specific credentials, I find they tend to mumble quite a bit. Unsurprisingly, the Mail on Sunday’s Burkean columnist Peter Hitchens is decidedly unimpressed with the new prime minister, who is now safely ensconced at 10 Downing Street.
Regardless of whether or not Johnson is a British-style Trumpian figure (the U.S. president now being the only point of reference the media seem capable of employing these days), his record on social issues is decidedly awful. He has been a staunch advocate of the LGBT movement for years, writing in 2012 that he was in favor of same-sex “marriage” and noting that he simply “can’t see what the fuss is about.” Further to that, he added, “[Marriage] may well be beloved by God, but no religion has ever had a monopoly on marriage.” In his recent role as foreign secretary, he went so far as to lift a ban on British embassies flying the rainbow flag, the banner of a sexually revolutionary movement.