Even if he is smart (and smart is undefinable anyway), so what? His carry on is actually worse if he had a brain. He was fired as a reporter for telling lies, that is some achievement within the British right wing press. He is deplorably unethical. He joined the Brexit side to further his own political career and then made a complete and utter mess of following up on it when he got shafted by Gove. It is public schoolboys arguing over who will be head boy, but using Britain as their 'house' or whatever tripe terminology they use.
I am not totally against it. A large part of me is quiet pleased to see Britain turn into a backwoods quagmire, and I think there is opportunity in it for Ireland. But, I see two huge issues, dragging the six counties out of the EU is mental and needs to be opposed and also any attempt to normalise the Neanderthal DUP needs to be resisted. On which subject, I see their new MP Little- Pengelly (that's her name, I am not disparaging her height!) has no issue with the erection of 100s of UVF flags in her constituency. I know their record on gay rights is deplorable and needs to be exposed, but this is worse in my view. The UVF were (actually are...) the lowest of the low who specialised in random sectarian murders.