Arguably Amin shares a number of characteristics , including a troubling relationship with the Rule of Law , with someone more current and closer to home .
Another Head of Government , also critically reliant on an adviser , shrouded in controversy , hovering somewhere between the background and the spotlight comes to mind . Who also exhibits an exaggerated regard for his own legend and a taste for Vanity Projects .
Of course the name of Idi Amin serves to conjure up the archetypical image of a despot . A man who by his daily actions exhibited a disregard for the rule of law , the constitution , democracy , accountability or any other of the building blocks of good governance .
Amin is best remembered as a mythomaniac and megalomaniac . Infatuated with his own legend which he was given to boosting at every opportunity . He went to the length of awarding himself the Victoria Cross .
He also had the megalomaniac’s appetite for Grand Projects . You may remember the scene in the ‘Last King of Scotland , where a young scottish doctor is dragooned into a hospital building project .
Of course it would be absolutely absurd to draw any comparison between the excesses of a despot with little or no regard for the rule of law , constitutionality , or accountability with any British PM .
Until now .
Obviously pointing out that Johnson shares a taste for huge vanity projects with Amin – whether bridges across the Thames , Channel , or Irish Sea , Designer Buses , Cable Cars or Airports in the Thames Estuary – is an entirely shallow comparison made for no better reason than to heap deserved ridicule upon Johnson
And to be fair there is at least one obvious difference between them .
Idi Amin was said to have been a great royalist who held the Queen in the highest regard .
He would never have brought her into controversy and disrepute .