Johnson compares Putin to ‘the fat kid in Dickens’



Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened Russian leader Vladimir Putin to the “fat boy” in Charles Dickens’ novel on Thursday, saying he wanted to “make our bodies crawl” with his nuclear threats.

Speaking in Davos, Johnson said Putin wanted to portray the war in Ukraine as a “nuclear confrontation between NATO and Russia”.

Johnson says Putin will not use nuclear weapons

“Bullshit. He wouldn’t use nukes. He’s like the fat boy in Dickens. He wants to make our bodies crawl,” Johnson continued.

“He wants us to think about it. He would never do that.”

The “Fat Boy” is a character in Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers, who seems to delight in scaring a trembling old woman by saying “I want to make your flesh crawl”.

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Johnson argued that Putin would never use nuclear weapons because we had “put him in a cryogenic state of economic paralysis” and that their use would lead China and India to turn against Moscow.

Johnson, who resigned in July after a series of scandals, has been one of Ukraine’s closest allies while in office.

He made remarks about Putin while saying Western countries should stop focusing on the Kremlin leader and provide more weapons to Ukraine to enable the country to defend itself.

“They are going to win. We need to help them win as fast as we can,” Johnson said.

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