Why this man of all people was recently chosen as Foreign Secretary, Britain's top diplomat, is a complete mystery. Neither the temperament nor the brains for the job, and one of the main instigators behind the disastrous Brexit foolishness.
Source: The Independent
In the grand Locarno Suite of the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson did his very best to play the straight man, talking through the grave issues facing the world: Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Brexit. And, to his credit, most of these are not directly his fault.
But then a heckler intervened. An American journalist from the Associated Press read out an old Johnson Telegraph column of which the subject was the woman who will in all likelihood become President of the United States in a few months time:
“She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital,” he said. “You also compared her to Lady Macbeth. Do you take these comments back or do you want to take them with you into your new job as some kind of indicator of the type of diplomacy you will practice?”
Close observers of American politics may know that John Kerry has not winced since around September 2013. They can now restart the stopwatch.
“You have an unusually long history of wild exaggerations and frankly outright lies that I think few foreign secretaries have prior to this job,” said the New York Times. “I’m just wondering how Mr Kerry and others should believe what you say considering this very, very long history.”
Mr Kerry grimaced with such intensity both lips touched his ears.