Don Johnson and mafia politics

What is currently happening in British politics is more suited to Latin America, or Italy, with cartel or Mafia leadership.

Don Johnson wants to assert his supremacy over the five families, and in Dominic Cummings he has the most lethal Capo of all. A guy so well drilled, he can only see the endpoint, and not all the carnage caused en-route…

There are acres of newsprint already dedicated to the minute intricacies of Westminster vs European manoeuvrings so I don’t intend to elaborate further here. The phrase, “A Very British coup” seems as ill placed as it could ever possibly be. This is not a very British coup – it is a Latin American guerrilla government, operating with a tactical lethality that would be impressive to behold if we were watching it from afar, which sadly we’re not.

It’s been said for many years now that the Conservative Party would sell tickets to a public display of them eating their young if they could, but the fact that they’re eating their elder statesman is a turn of events few could have foreseen. Thankfully the elder statesman are not intending to go quietly, and in the guise of Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond, they are proposing what seems a quite sensible delay to what seems to be our flinging ourselves off a cliff. Depending on how European you consider yourself to be, determines how high that cliff seems to be and the state of the waters at the bottom, but venturing further into this analogy would take us into the minutiae I have been so far avoiding.
At least in a Banana Republic there are bananas. Here they’re stuck in a lay-by outside Dover waiting for customs clearance.

Damian Merciar


Author: Damian Merciar

Damian Merciar is Managing Director of Merciar Business Consulting,, a niche business economics consultancy founded in 1998. He has over twenty years experience in the areas of commercial Business Strategy. He is experienced in the transition environments of nationalized to private sector state utilities and the senior practice of commercial management, advisorial consultancy, and implementation. He has carried out policy advisory work for government ministries and been an adviser to institutional bodies proposing changes to government. He holds an MSc Economics from the University of Surrey’s leading Economics department and an MBA from the University of Kent. Also attending the leading University in the Middle East, studying International Relations and Language, for which he won a competitive international scholarship, and has a BA (Hons) in Economic History and Political Economy from the University of Portsmouth. He is currently based in London.

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