Some Notes on Boris Johnson’s Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Homophobia and Lies

Some notes on Boris Johnson (Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson)  by Edwin Hayward.

(NOTE: Each of the stories below is sourced from mainstream media, audio or video recordings. Please refer to the source listed for each quote or incident for full context.)

RACISM & XENOPHOBIA 1
SEXISM & CHAUVINISM 4
HOMOPHOBIA 6
LIES 7
BREXIT 8
HISTORIC DRUG USE 11
MISCELLANEOUS GAFFES & SCANDALS 12
SOURCES 17

RACISM & XENOPHOBIA

1997 (in Telegraph column, reprinted in 2003 book “Lend me your Ears”): “Mandela never accepted the Swiss-style constitution [de Klerk] proposed; and last year, fed up with being marginalised, de Klerk quit the government. He must have known that this would happen, that the majority tyranny of apartheid would be followed by the majority tyranny of black rule.”i

2002 (in Telegraph newspaper column): “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.” “They say [Tony Blair] is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.” [NOTE: he eventually apologised for the comments in 2008.] ii

2002 Spectator article about Africa: “The continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more.” “The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.”iii

2005 Spectator article: “To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke”iv

July 2005 (in Telegraph article): “The proposed ban on incitement to ‘religious hatred’ makes no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself; and that would be pretty absurd, when you consider that the Bill’s intention is to fight Islamophobia.”v

August 2005 (in Telegraph article): “As far as I could tell, history was being rewritten, for overtly political ends. I mean: Florence Nightingale we all knew. But this ‘Mary Seacole’, I whispered to the Islington mums around me, she’s just been invented, hasn’t she? It’s just political correctness, I said. They want to find a historic British role model for all those black nurses, don’t they? Hmmm?”vi

September 2005 (in Telegraph comment): “China is becoming in our imaginations the fashionable new dread, the incubator of strange diseases, a vast polluted landscape of Victorian factories where coolies sit in expectorating rows, nourished on nothing but rice and the spleens of pangolins, producing whirling typhoons of cheap bras and lingerie that race across the seas and reduce the native industries of the West to matchwood.”vii

2006 (reported remarks from a fringe meeting): “Supposing Tower Hamlets or Bradford were to become governed by religious zealots. Are we ready for complete local autonomy if it means imposing sharia law?”viii

March 2006 (column in The Telegraph): “All around us, in our courts, in the oppressive liberty-destroying Bills being rushed through Parliament, we see the disasters of multiculturalism, the system by which too many Muslims have been allowed to grow up in this country with no sense of loyalty to its institutions, and with a sense of complete apartness.”ix

2006 newspaper column: “For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing.”x

2008 (during ceremonial passing of Olympic flag): “And I say this respectfully to our Chinese hosts, who have excelled so magnificently at Ping-pong. Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and it was called Wiff-waff!”xi

2016: Boris Johnson wins competition organised by The Spectator (and
£1,000) for an offensive poem about President Erdogan of Turkey, which includes a reference to having sex with animals.xii

May 2016 (writing in The Sun about Barack Obama and the “missing” bust of Winston Churchill in the White House): “Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”xiii

October 2016: In a speech reflecting on his first 3 months as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson refers to Africa as “that country”.xiv

September 2017: Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar was forced to interrupt Boris Johnson to stop him from completing the recitation of a colonial poem by Rudyard Kipling whilst they were visiting a famous Buddhist sight.xv

2018: Writing about Muslim women wearing burkas: “I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”xvi

SEXISM & CHAUVINISM

1996 Telegraph article: “The unanimous opinion is that what has been called the ‘Tottymeter’ reading is higher than at any Labour Party conference in living memory” “Time and again the ‘Tottymeter’ has gone off as a young woman delegate mounts the rostrum.”xvii

2002 (in Telegraph column): “What on Earth can Tony have said, to leave him, according to British press reports, about as pink and quivering as the freshly slapped rump of a Normandy milkmaid?”xviii

2004 campaign trail speech: “Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3”xix

2005: In his farewell piece as editor of The Spectator, Boris Johnson boasts of patting a female colleague on the bottom.xx

February 2006 (in Spectator column): “My morale was restored during a long stint of canvassing in the bars and nightclubs of Edinburgh, in which I was asked to sign the chests of girls with a magic marker.”xxi

November 2006 (in Telegraph column): “Every week there is some new tale of what a saucy French mistress is deemed to have done with her adolescent charges behind the bicycle sheds; and, disgraceful though these episodes may be, I don’t hear anyone saying that children should be shielded from adult women.”xxii

2007 (speaking about Hillary Clinton): “She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”xxiii

May 2007: writing in The Spectator, Boris Johnson blames women for pushing up house prices: “The colossal expansion in the numbers of female graduates is in many ways a marvellous thing; but it has boosted the well- documented process of assortative mating, by which middle-class graduates marry middle-class graduates and thereby entrench their economic advantages, pooling their graduate incomes to push up house prices and increase the barriers to entry for the rest.”xxiv

2012: Boris Johnson is reprimanded by London assembly member Jennette Arnold for his “disrespectful, patronising way at meetings” towards female assembly members.xxv

June 2012: Speaking in an interview, Boris Johnson states: “We seek cities because there are a greater range of girls at the bar, of reproductive choice.”xxvi

July 2012: Boris Johnson writes about the London 2012 Olympics: “As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto.” “They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers.”xxvii

2013: Boris Johnson, appearing alongside the Malaysian Prime Minister at the World Islamic Economic Forum, suggests that more and more women were going to university in Malaysia because “They’ve got to find men to marry.”xxviii

June 2015: Boris Johnson wades into the middle of a scandal with remarks about why women cry more than men: “Men are said to have differently shaped tear ducts, for instance, and can therefore retain the tears for longer before they splash down the cheek.”xxix

May 2016 (writing on his Twitter account on the occasion of his final day as Mayor of London): “This is my last full day as Mayor folks and Operation Juddering Climax is coming to its final shuddering surge”xxx

March 2018: Boris Johnson is reprimanded by the Speaker after referring to Emily Thornberry as “Lady Nugee” (Sir Christopher Nugee is her husband, but she goes by her maiden name)xxxi

HOMOPHOBIA

1998 (in column for The Telegraph): “Weep, O ye shirt-makers of Jermyn Street, ye Cool Brittannia tailors and whatever exists of human finer feeling. In the Ministry of Sound, the tank-topped bumboys blub into their pils”xxxii

2000: “We don’t want our children being taught some rubbish about homosexual marriage being the same as normal marriage.”xxxiii

April 2000 (in Spectator article): Boris Johnson attacks “Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.”xxxiv

July 2000 (in Telegraph column titled “Stand up and fight like a man, you euro pansy”): “She was last week’s victim of the ‘rent-boys of politics’, to use Mr Follett’s interesting phrase.”xxxv

August 2000 (in Telegraph column): “It is still more compassionate to give pensioners more of their own money, by cutting their taxes, rather than bribing them with cheap television licences; and it is more sensitive to spare parents’ anxieties, than to allow Left-wing local authorities to waste taxpayers’ money on idiotic and irrelevant homosexual instruction.”xxxvi

2001 (in book “Friends, Voters, Countrymen”): “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.”xxxvii

2007 (in Telegraph column): “Bring out yer policies, you big bunch of pansies.”xxxviii

LIES

1988: Boris Johnson was fired from his job at The Times newspaper for fabricating a quote in a front-page article.xxxix

November 2004: Boris Johnson was sacked from the Conservative front bench for lying about having had an affair (he denied it outright, but it turned out to be true)xl

May 2015: Boris Johnson committed to lie down “in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway [at Heathrow]”.xli Instead, he went on a single day trip to Afghanistan (literally there, and back) on the day the Heathrow expansion vote was held in Parliament, costing the taxpayer £19,366.xlii

March 2016: Boris Johnson claimed on the Andrew Marr show that Crossrail Tunnels had to be made 50% bigger because of a EU directive, just in case German trains needed to run through them. This narrative was contradicted by the Department for Transport, which explained that A) construction was already well under way at the time the directive was adopted, and B) the UK obtained an exemption for Crossrail, so it did not affect the plans in any way whatsoever.xliii

BREXIT

March 2003 (speaking in Parliament): “I had the great joy of spending five years in Brussels, reporting on the creation of the single European market, very largely brought about by Baroness Thatcher—it was in many ways a Conservative programme of extending the benefits of free trade and mutual recognition of standards and norms across the EU.”xliv

May 2003 (speaking in Parliament): “My key point is that there are tangible benefits to our membership of the European Union. At some stage the game is up and all bets are off, as our political careers are all extinguished in one way or another. However, under the terms of the benign and beneficent Single European Act—several hon. Members have generously pointed out that it was a Conservative inspiration and that Mrs. Thatcher, as she then was, pushed forward with the extension of free market values across the European Community—I would be able to seek an alternative career as a dentist in Belgium or, with what we are inaugurating today, in Poland, Malta or any of the other accession countries.”xlv

October 2005 (on Desert Island Discs, talking about his time in the Telegraph’s Brussels office): “I was just chucking these rocks over the garden wall, and I’d listen to this amazing crash from the greenhouse, next door, over, over in England, as everything I wrote from Brussels was having this amazing, explosive effect on the Tory Party, and it really gave me this, I suppose, rather weird sense of, of power.”xlvi

2013: “I’d vote to stay in the Single Market. I’m in favour of the Single Market. I want us to be able to trade freely with our European friends and partners.”xlvii

May 2013: “If we left the EU, we would end this sterile debate, and we would have to recognise that most of our problems are not caused by ‘Bwussels’, but by chronic British short-termism, inadequate management, sloth, low skills, a culture of easy gratification and underinvestment in both human and physical capital and infrastructure”xlviii

May 2015 (interview in the Telegraph on the subject of European unification): “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”xlix

October 2015 (in Spectator column, writing about a trip to Japan): “what was the one question that no one bothered to ask, in three solid days of talking to Japanese business people? No one seems worried about the UK’s

EU referendum. They are smart enough to know that Britain will remain, whatever happens, in a European free-trade zone.”l

April 2016 (in interview): “I am very pro-Turkish but what I certainly can’t imagine is a situation in which 77million of my fellow Turks and those of Turkish origin can come here without any checks at all. That is mad – that won’t work.”li

May 2016: “If we vote leave on June 23, we can take back control of £350 million a week and spend it on our priorities here in this country, including on our National Health Service.”lii

May 2016: “Why are we sending £10 billion pounds a year net to Brussels, some of which is spent on Spanish bullfighting?”liii

June 2016: Boris Johnson is reported to have said “F–k business” at a diplomatic gathering when asked about corporate concerns over a hard Brexit. (This was never denied.)liv

January 2017: Boris Johnson compares French president Francois Hollande to a guard in a prisoner of war camp: “If Mr Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape [the EU], rather in the manner of some World War II movie, then I don’t think that is the way forward, and actually it’s not in the interests of our friends and partners”lv

July 2017: “There is no plan for no deal [Brexit] because we are going to get a great deal.”lvi

September 2017: The UK Statistics Authority officially reprimands Boris Johnson for his repeated use of the false figure of £350 million a week as the amount we send to the EU.lvii

November 2017 (speaking in Parliament): “As the right hon. Gentleman knows full well, when we leave the European Union, there will be at least
£350 million a week, of which we will take back control. As he knows full well, substantial sums from that funding will be available for use in our national health service.”lviii

February 2018: Boris Johnson is caught on camera trying to sneak out of the Commons chamber to avoid answering questions on his Northern Ireland memo.lix

February 2018: Boris Johnson raises eyebrows with his Northern Ireland border comparison: “There’s no border between Camden and Westminster, but when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever.”lx

February 2018: “There’s no sensible reason why we should not continue to be able to retire to Spain, or indeed anywhere else, as we did long before Spain joined what was then called the Common Market. We can continue the whirl of academic exchanges that have been a feature of European cultural life since the Middle Ages.”lxi

June 2018 (with reference to the Northern Irish border): “It’s so small and there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly, it’s just beyond belief that we’re allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way. We’re allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly.”lxii

September 2018 (writing in the Mail on Sunday): “We have wrapped a suicide vest around our constitution and handed the detonator to Brussels”lxiii

HISTORIC DRUG USE

2000 (in Telegraph column): “I have already confessed, some time ago, that I have had a moment of drugs madness, in Amsterdam duiphuis. There was the spliff, full of funk or skunk or Colombian punk, or something, and I had a puff.” lxiv

2003 (during appearance on Room 101, broadcast on 10 November): “Now what are you asking here? It’s perfectly true that I have had some drugs.”lxv

2005 (during appearance on Have I Got News For You): “I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been doing icing sugar.”lxvi

2007 (interview with Piers Morgan for GQ Magazine): “PM: You once alluded to the fact that you tried cocaine but sneezed on it. BJ: Yes. I tried it at university and I remember it vividly. And it achieved no pharmacological, psychotropical or any other effect on me whatsoever.”lxvii

March 2008 (interview with Janet Street-Porter for Marie Claire magazine): “JSP: You smoked dope before you went to university. BJ: That’s true, but the stuff you and I may have smoked is not the same as what the kids are having now. I think skunk and this stuff is very, very dangerous.” “JSP: You said in interviews that you’ve snorted coke. BJ: Well, that was when I was
19. It all goes to show that, sometimes, it’s better not to say anything.”lxviii

2014: “What I do remember is once, it being suggested I try a substance that was alleged to be cocaine and I made an effort – I won’t deny – I made an effort to try and ingest this substance, or inhale it, rather – and I failed.”lxix

MISCELLANEOUS GAFFES & SCANDALS

May 2002: Asked about his “greatest mistake”, Boris Johnson admits having made up a quote when working for the Times in the 1980s, then concocting a second story to try and justify the errors of fact in the first.lxx

July 2002 (column in the Telegraph): “The plain historical truth, no matter how much Mr Izzard may splutter, is that the European Union did indeed have a weird prototype in Hitler’s wartime Reich.”lxxi

October 2002 (column in the Telegraph): “Some of my most joyous hours have been spent in a state of semi-incoherence, composing foam-flecked hymns of hate to the latest Euro-infamy”lxxii

2004 (as editor of The Spectator): Authorised the publication of a poem calling for the extermination of the Scots, and describing them as a “verminous race”. [The poem has since been removed from the magazine’s archives.]lxxiii

October 2004 (article in The Spectator about the Hillsborough disaster): “The deaths of more than 50 Liverpool football supporters at Hillsborough in 1989 was undeniably a greater tragedy than the single death, however horrible, of Mr Bigley; but that is no excuse for Liverpool’s failure to acknowledge, even to this day, the part played in the disaster by drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground that Saturday afternoon.”lxxiv

February 2006 (on climate change): “Humanity has largely lost its fear of hellfire, and yet we still hunger for a structure, a point, an eschatology, a moral counterbalance to our growing prosperity. All that is brilliantly supplied by climate change. Like all the best religions, fear of climate change satisfies our need for guilt, and self-disgust, and that eternal human sense that technological progress must be punished by the gods.”lxxv

April 2007 (writing about Portsmouth): “Here we are, in one of the most depressed towns in southern England, a place that is arguably too full of drugs, obesity, under-achievement and Labour MPs.”lxxvi

June 2007 (writing about Gordon Brown taking over from Tony Blair without a General Election): “It’s the arrogance. It’s the contempt. That’s what gets me. It’s Gordon Brown’s apparent belief that he can just trample on the democratic will of the British people. It’s at moments like this that I

think the political world has gone mad, and I am alone in detecting the gigantic fraud.”lxxvii

April 2008: Boris Johnson apologised for allowing an article to be run in the Spectator, while he was editor of the magazine, that claimed black people have lower IQs (“Orientals … have larger brains and higher IQ scores.
Blacks are at the other pole.”)lxxviii

March 2009: A tape emerges of a 1990 conversation between Boris Johnson and an old friend of his from Eton, in which they discuss at length a plan to have a News of the World journalist beaten up.lxxix

August 2009: Islington council forced Boris Johnson to take down a shed from his Grade II-listed home because he didn’t have planning permission for it.lxxx

January 2010: In an interview on Top Gear, Boris Johnson admitted having once driven through the back wall of a barn as a part-time tractor driver because: “It had a great many very complicated gears, and at the crucial moment I couldn’t remember which gear you used when you wanted to slow down. A sort of blankness descended.” He went on to state his pay was docked as a result.lxxxi

January 2010: Speaking to Top Gear, Boris Johnson defends himself for riding his bike while speaking on a mobile phone by stating it’s still possible to reach the brakes with one hand, and then asking Jeremy Clarkson: “Are you saying that people with only one arm shouldn’t ride a bicycle? That’s discriminatory.”lxxxii

July 2010: “In 1904, 20 per cent of journeys were made by bicycle in London. I want to see a figure like that again. If you can’t turn the clock back to 1904, what’s the point of being a Conservative?”lxxxiii

August 2011: Boris Johnson refused to cut short his holiday to deal with the fall-out of the Tottenham riots. (He eventually did, but only after several days of solid pressure.)lxxxiv

February 2012 (in the context of St Patrick’s Day): “I’ll tell you what makes me angry… spending £20,000 on a dinner at the Dorchester (hotel) for Sinn Féin.”lxxxv

April 2012: “My argument to the Treasury is that a pound spent in Croydon is far more of value to the country from a strict utilitarian calculus than a pound spent in Strathclyde.”lxxxvi

February 2013 (attacking a meeting of the London Assembly): “Are you saying they’re abdicating their duty to scrutinise me? Are you saying they haven’t the guts to put questions to me? Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies.” [He was then asked to leave the session.]lxxxvii

June 2013: Boris Johnson said that he wanted to bring fox hunting back to London. “This will cause massive unpopularity and I don’t care. I’m pro liberty and individual freedom. If people want to get together to form the fox hounds of Islington I’m all for it.” “I got wild with anger not so long ago because I thought our cat had been mauled by a fox. I wanted to go out with my 2.2 [air rifle] and blaze away.”lxxxviii

September 2013: “It’s fair to say that the UK economy has finally reached its Costa Concordia moment.” [Costa Concordia was the cruise ship that ran aground, killing 32 people.]lxxxix

October 2013: “Interviewer: How much is the price of value bread? BJ: Value Bread? 50p? 49p? I can tell you the price of a bottle of Champagne. How about that?”xc

November 2013 (writing in The Telegraph): “It is my duty to stick up for every put-upon minority in the city–from the homeless to Irish travellers to ex-gang members to disgraced former MPs. But there is one minority that I still behold with a benign bewilderment, and that is the very, very rich.”xci

November 2013 (writing in The Telegraph): “I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses and so on that it is a valuable spur to economic activity.”xcii

March 2014: Boris Johnson casually suggests handing over a public park in Lewisham to create a horticultural centre because the original plans didn’t allow enough space for the building. “What about if you amalgamated with the park next door?” “Lewisham, come on Lewisham, your park is needed for horticulture.”xciii

September 2014 (addressing a rally at the Conservative Party Conference): “And I have read that there are some people – probably the type who are

thinking of defecting to Ukip – who present themselves at A&E with barely credible injuries sustained through vacuum cleaner abuse.”xciv

November 2014: Boris Johnson says that the tolerant drug policy in the Netherlands has made Amsterdam city centre “sleazy”.xcv

November 2015: Boris Johnson had to cut short his Middle East trip after Palestinians refused to meet with him because of what he said earlier that week about the possibility of an Israeli trade boycott: “I reject completely the suggestion by some corduroy jacketed snaggletoothed lefty academics in the UK”.xcvi

December 2015: “The only reason I wouldn’t visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”xcvii

2016 (quip to Michael Wolff about the BBC as they walk into Broadcasting House): “Nest of paedophiles”xcviii

March 2016 (praising President Assad of Syria): “I suppose it is bizarre to feel such joy at the military success of one of the vilest regimes on earth. But I cannot conceal my elation as the news comes in from Palmyra and it is reported that the Syrian army is genuinely back in control of the entire Unesco site.”xcix

July 2016: Boris Johnson broke Acoba rules governing how soon former ministers can take new private sector jobs by accepting a role as a Daily Telegraph columnist. (The watchdog has little power to sanction in practice.)c

May 2017: Boris Johnson was reprimanded by a female worshipper after he began discussing the removal of whisky tariffs while visiting a Sikh temple.ci

October 2017 (speaking about the city of Sirte in Libya): “They have got a brilliant vision to turn Sirte into the next Dubai.” “The only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away.”cii

November 2017: Boris Johnson claimed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “simply teaching people journalism”, a claim that resulted in Iran giving her a five year jail sentence. (And one that was denied by her, her husband, and her employers)ciii

December 2018: Boris Johnson apologised to Parliament after reporting over £52,000 in earnings later than he was supposed to.civ

January 2019: Boris Johnson found to have breached Commons expenses rules by not declaring part-ownership of a property in Somerset for nearly a year after the deadline he was supposed to.cv

March 2019 (interviewed on LBC Radio): “One comment I would make is that I think an awful lot of the money, an awful lot of police time, now goes into these historic offences and all this malarkey – £60 million I saw was being spaffed up the wall on some investigation into historic child abuse and all this kind of thing.”cvi

April 2019: The Telegraph defended the publication of a recent Boris Johnson lie about “no deal” being the most popular Brexit option by mounting the bizarre defence that it was ok to print even though it was known to be a lie because it was “comically polemical”.cvii

 

 

 

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xxxviii https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/mar/06/conservatives.highereducation

xxxix https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/why-are-we-so-surprised-that-boris-johnson-lied-when-he-s- been-sacked-for-lying-twice-before-a7105976.htm
xl https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-326045/Boris-sacked-lying-affair.html
xli https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/boris-johnson-prepared-lie-down-front-bulldozers-stop-construction-third- runway-heathrow-1501004
xlii https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/15/controversial-trip-by-boris-johnson-on-day-of-key- vote-cost-20000
xliii https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35959948
xliv https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2003-03-25.184.0#g198.2 xlv https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2003-05-21.1021.0#g1080.0 xlvi https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00935b6
xlvii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7Mhokzv-jw
xlviii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10052646/Quitting-the-EU-wont-solve-our-problems-says-
Boris-Johnson.html
xlix https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/14/boris-johnson-the-eu-wants-a-superstate-just-as-hitler- did/
l https://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/10/boris-johnsons-diary-amid-the-china-hype-remember-japan/
li https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/6-things-boris-johnson-said-13875962
lii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31KUEDarPH8 liii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVaJF2K8vLA liv https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44618154
lv https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-sparks-uproar-as-he-compares-french-president- francois-hollande-to-pow-guard-in-brexit-a3443701.html
lvi https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40571123
lvii https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/use-of-350million-per-week-figure-to-describe- uks-financial-contributions-to-the-eu/
lviii https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-27b.54.0#g55.5
lix https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bumbling-boris-johnson-caught-sneaking-12103319
lx https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/boris-johnson-mocked-for-saying-irish-border- like-camden-and-westminster-36648696.html
lxi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3-FBniMhMU
lxii https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexspence/boris-johnson-trump-brexit-leaked-recording
lxiii https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6146853/BORIS-JOHNSON-JEREMY-HUNT-debate-
Chequers-deal.html
lxiv https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/4255569/Caring-and-sharing-but-not-the-spliff.html
lxv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLk5aEZKHcA
lxvi https://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/boris-i-took-cocaine-and-cannabis-as-a-teenager-6674634.html
lxvii https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/boris-johnson-drugs
lxviii https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity-news/janet-street-porter-interviews-boris-johnson- 192043
lxix https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/boris-johnson-wouldnt-recommend-snorting-icing-sugar- to-any-young-person-9804489.html
lxx https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/my-greatest-mistake-boris-johnson-mp-for-henley-and- editor-of-the-spectator-189322.html
lxxi https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3578741/Whats-Hitler-got-to-do-with-the-euro-
Everything.html
lxxii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3582944/Im-no-longer-Nasty-but-please-stop- lying-about-Nice.html
lxxiii https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-published-poem-friendly-fire-james-michie- extermination-of-scottish-people-2019-6
lxxiv https://www.spectator.co.uk/2004/10/bigleys-fate/
lxxv https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3622794/Weve-lost-our-fear-of-hellfire-but-put- climate-change-in-its-place.html
lxxvi https://www.standard.co.uk/news/on-the-slopes-the-tory-mp-who-enraged-a-city-7193676.html
lxxvii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3640768/Browns-looking-for-a-Scottish- ally.html
lxxviii https://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/boris-says-sorry-over-blacks-have-lower-iqs-article-in-the- spectator-6630340.html
lxxix https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/darius-boris-and-a-blast-from-the-past-1658043.html

lxxx https://www.standard.co.uk/news/boris-johnson-mourns-his-lost-summer-house-6725691.html
lxxxi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoifaIEvC0Q lxxxii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoifaIEvC0Q lxxxiii https://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4722
lxxxiv https://metro.co.uk/2011/08/07/boris-johnson-i-wont-cut-short-my-holiday-to-deal-with-tottenham- riots-106572/
lxxxv https://www.irishpost.com/news/boris-your-attitude-stinks-1814
lxxxvi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFboRwGiqc
lxxxvii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI5oRTL-6rA
lxxxviii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10117433/Lets-have-fox-hunting-in-London- says-Boris.html
lxxxix https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/sep/18/boris-johnson-economy-costa-concordia
xc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnD7MR0s34w
xci https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/0/should-humbly-thanking-super-rich-not-bashing/
xcii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10479466/Boris-Johnson-some-people-are-too-stupid-to-get- on-in-life.html
xciii https://www.london.gov.uk/file/17030/download?token=DOxGw1yX
xciv https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-tories-who-defect-to-ukip-are-type-who-have- sex-with-vacuum-cleaners-9763617.html
xcv https://nltimes.nl/2014/11/12/london-mayor-calls-amsterdam-sleazy
xcvi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYcAaWuaS4s
xcvii https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson/12039931/Boris-Johnson-The-only-reason-I- wouldnt-visit-some-parts-of-New-York-is-the-real-risk-of-meeting-Donald-Trump.html
xcviii https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/boris-johnson-eu-referendum-profile-conservatives
xcix https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/03/27/bravo-for-assad–he-is-a-vile-tyrant-but-he-has-saved- palmyra-fr/
c https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-breaks-job-rules-column-daily-telegraph-
ministers-a8451691.html
ci https://youtu.be/WWCTv7zrsBY
cii https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41490174
ciii https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-admits-he-could-have-been-clearer-about-nazanin- zaghari-ratcliffe-2017-11
civ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-apology-parliament-earnings-income-
telegraph-column-standards-committee-a8670031.html
cv https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris- johnson/news/103097/mps-tear-over-casual-boris
cvi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_FSqfXyUFk
cvii https://hackinginquiry.org/boris-brexit-telegraph-lies-clearly-comically-polemical/

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  1. Alasdair Macdonald says:

    All true, but, they are already pretty well known and they do not appear to have done his chances of becoming leader of the Conservatives and, possibly, Prime Minister, any harm, amongst the people who are members of the Conservative Party and who constitute the ‘rotten borough’ electorate in this contest.

    These kinds of comments, like Mr Trump’s play well with a sizeable minority of the entire electorate, because these things are views which they share. Like Trump, there are many people who loathe him and who find such comments nasty and unpalatable, but they hold their noses and vote for him because on the key issues for them – i.e. ensuring that they can hold on to their wealth and, indeed might benefit from further redistribution in THEIR direction. The creation of a low wage economy with few workers ‘ rights ensures that the kinds of services they want will be available. And, people like Trump and Johnson can use the economic levers to produce occasional borrowing fundd booms which increase employment and wages, temporarily, and swing enough voters to win a subsequent election, whereupon ‘austerity’ will be imposed to ensure that the lower orders pay the bills for the borrowing.

    Many young people see through this, but they do not yet vote in sufficient numbers to make a change. It is well-heeled old codgers of my generation who vote and who ‘buy’ this mendacity. Many of the younger generation are becoming mobilised such as in the climate change and other causes and this extra parliamentary activity could well begin to shift the balance of power. However, the ‘Eton Rifles’ will be let loose as this very nasty group of self-seekers strives to maintain its power while looting the national coffers and shifting it offshore.

  2. David Allan says:

    A great piece of research, retained for future reference.

    Is it not an outstanding C.V. for PM.

    Incredible!

    1. James Mills says:

      …but how long would he have remained in any of his various sinecures had he NOT been an Old Etonian ?

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