The media were on full alert. Boris Johnson, The Wizard of Brexit, was to address what was described as a fringe event at the annual Tory conference in Birmingham.
As it happens I was reading The Wizard of Oz to one of my grandchildren and we were at the stage where Dorothy and friends had reached the Emerald City and the Wizard had agreed to meet them.
They were shown into a room but they could see nobody. Then a great voiced boomed out from above. Then Dorothy’s dog Toto tipped over a screen that stood in the corner and they saw standing there a little man!
“Are you not a great Wizard?” cried Dorothy.
“Hush my dear, don’t speak so loud or you will be overheard and I should be ruined. I’m supposed to be a great Wizard.” “And aren’t you?” she asked.
“Not a bit of it my dear, I’m just a common man”.
“You’re more than that “ said the scarecrow “you’re a humbug.”
“Exactly so, I am a humbug.” Then I realised why this great book, written by L Frank Baum back in the year 1900, remains popular to this day. How well he understood human nature!