Nothing new in Johnson's op-ed; I believe we've seen every bit of it before. Many times before, sometimes less eloquent than Johnson, and sometimes more virulent, depending upon one's national identity. Other than its very triteness, the only point this quite brief piece contained that I find amusing, but not in a good way, is the continual assertion that everything, absolutely everything bad, that is, resulted because of Napoleon's ruthless self-aggrandizement and his actions alone. Do people really believe this?
I've never been an apologist, and definitely not a fan of the hagiographic approach, but I don't see much use for the "blame Naps for everything" school.
But 2015 is certainly bringing some interesting things out from behind the woodwork.