He’s got no strings to hold him down: Boris Johnson gets his Disney doppelganger

Written by Total Politics on 5 June 2019 in Diary

A new Deltapoll survey has given a unique insight into how voters view the candidates to be the next Prime Minister - and the results make for grim reading.

Almost 2,500 voters have cast scorn on the top Tory leadership candidates as they compared their personalities to some of the most dishonest, inept and downright evil characters from the Disney universe.

Leading Tory Boris Johnson split opinion amongst voters with big groups likening him either to dim-witted, buck-toothed dog, Goofy, or circus act Dumbo. But unfortunately for the bookies favourite, both options trailed behind the top pick – Pinocchio.

Why voters think the top Brexiteer closely resembles a lying rascal with a yearning for a higher calling is anyone’s guess, but it’s not the first time the comparison has been made.

Last month, underdog Tory candidate Rory Stewart made the same connection as he blasted the former Foreign Secretary over his pledge to leave the EU ‘deal or no deal’ on October 31st.

He tweeted: “The star name will not always be the best choice. There may be times when Jiminy Cricket would make a better leader than Pinocchio.”

But voters have not been any kinder to former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who is apparently best resembled by a mix of Donald Duck and Dumbo, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is linked with Mickey Mouse.

Top Brexiteer Michael Gove attracted similar results to Boris Johnson, but was also worringly compared by 9% of the public to the innocent but easily-manipulated princess, Snow White.

And spare a thought for Andrea Leadsom who 20% of voters associated with pampered London heiress and animal cruelty enthusiast, Cruella De Vil.

But the poll is not the first time a Tory MP has been likened to a cartoon character.

Last year, top Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was issued with a “cease and desist” letter from the Beano comic for “masquerading” as their character Walter the Softy.

The publication accused the toff Tory of copying Walter’s signature look of round-glasses, spotty ties and sharp hair parting.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he was “flattered” by the dismissed the jokey legal challenge after claiming Walter the Softy’s “power physical prowess” was much greater than his own.

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