How are Boris Johnson and Mario Delgado alike?

Boris Johnson and Mario Delgado look alike, but not that much.

One is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the other is a leader of the party of the Government of López Obrador. The Briton is more read and educated than the president of Morena, but both are cynical.

Not in space, but in time, the two meet on the crossroads of cynicism.

The two would have to resign not because of their cynicism but because they had broken the laws.

Boris Johnson has apologized for violating the confinement rules that he himself ordered. Mario Delgado has an immovable smile on the spot at the moment that he violates the electoral law by offering himself as a haul driver last Sunday.

At the moment there are clear differences in both cases. Boris Johnson has been fined by the police. In the case of Mario Delgado, it will be necessary to await the investigation of the electoral court for having incurred in a crime classified as serious: the transportation of people to take them to vote in the referendum last Sunday.

“I have paid the fine and I apologize fully,” said the Briton yesterday, assuring “I understand the anger” of the British, deprived during confinement, and “I sincerely accept that people have the right to expect better” .

Mario Delgado justified the violation of the electoral law: “This had to be done because they put a third of the polls, so it is not illegal.”

Delgado shared the traces of his crime on his social networks. “Do you want to vote? I’ll take you! ”, He read on the windows of his truck. Smiling, Delgado appears in a photograph next to his truck. He also showed pictures of older adults he took to vote, all showing thumbs marked in ink.

Scotland Yard has been investigating allegations for months that Johnson and members of his team organized and attended a dozen parties during the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns against Covid-19, which have left more than 170,000 dead in the United Kingdom.

The police also sanctioned his wife Carrie and his finance minister, Rishi Sunak.

The opposition leader, Labor Keir Starmer, immediately called for the resignation of the number one and number two of the executive: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak broke the law and repeatedly lied to British citizens,” he tweeted.

According to a quick YouGov survey of 2,464 British adults, 57% think that both should resign and 75% consider that the prime minister knowingly lied about the infractions (AFP Agency).

In Mexico, prior to the vote, the president of the National Electoral Institute (INE) Lorenzo Córdova said: “The law is very clear, whoever collectively transports voters to take them to vote with the purpose of influencing the direction of their vote, is It’s a crime, and it’s a serious crime.”

When mentioning the cynical angle of Mario Delgado, the Green Party cannot be left aside. In San Luis Potosí, he boasted of having brought voters: “In the four regions of the state, the mobilization of green brigadistas was observed, who actively participated in this democratic exercise,” the state party leadership reported (Reforma, April 11).

Will the electoral court sanction Mario Delgado? Could he go to jail for his rape?

What is certain is that Boris Johnson has been politically wounded. Various members of his party have distanced themselves from him. In Mexico, no one from Morena has asked for Mario Delgado’s separation from the party for having committed a serious crime.

They look alike, but the countries are different.


Fausto Pretelin Munoz de Cote

Consultant, academic, editor

Globali… what?

He was a research professor in the Department of International Studies at ITAM, published the book Referendum Twitter and was an editor and collaborator in various newspapers such as 24 Horas, El Universal, Milenio. He has published in magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Life & Style, Chilango and Revuelta. He is currently an editor and columnist at El Economista.

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