For half a century, from the late 1960s until his death in July 2017, Heathcote Williams – poet, playwright, actor and much else besides – wrote and published a series of scurrilous (and often anonymous) political pamphlets.
The Blond Beast of Brexit, his fierce, and fiercely funny, broadside against Boris Johnson, was first published shortly before the Brexit referendum in 2016. Williams assembles a blistering charge sheet against his target: climate change denial, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, racism, violence, ‘remorseless self-promotion’, ‘a ruthless and often cruel ambition together with an elitism and a ferocious temper when challenged’.
Essential reading for anyone who thinks Boris Johnson shouldn’t be prime minister, it’s even more essential for anyone who thinks he should.
With a new preface by Jeremy Harding and afterword by Francis Wyndham