As the first round of Conservative leadership candidates was whittled down by their parliamentary party, Boris Johnson secured a third of the votes – making him clear favourite to become the next leader, and de-facto Prime Minister.
He is a compulsive liar, he appears to lack any moral compass at all – to cut a long story short, he’s a liability and a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Clearing up after Boris Johnson‘s gaffes as foreign secretary was a “full-time activity”, one of his former ministers, Sir Alan Duncan, has said. Max Hastings, his former editor at the Daily Telegraph, once described him as a “gold medal egomaniac” who “yearns with a mad hunger to become prime minister”.
In case you needed further convincing, here’s a list of reasons why Boris Johnson is not fit to hold high office.
Sacked from the Times for making up quotes
Johnson was hired by the Times through family connections, and fired for a front-page fabrication within months – on his very first front page story.
Johnson was sacked over allegations he fabricated a quote from his godfather, the historian Colin Lucas, for a front-page article about the discovery of Edward II’s Rose Palace.
Lies, lies and more lies
After leaving the Times, Mr Johnson moved to The Daily Telegraph, working as the publication’s Brussels correspondent between 1989 and 1994.
His articles, like those in several other Eurosceptic newspapers, contained many of the claims widely described as “Euromyths”, including plans to introduce same-size “eurocoffins”, establish a “banana police force” to regulate the shape of the curved yellow fruit, and ban prawn cocktail crisps.
When questioned about them in parliament, he denied suggestions they were a figment of his imagination.
The extra-marital affairs – and lying about them
Michael Howard gave Boris Johnson two new jobs after becoming leader of the Conservatives in 2003 – party vice-chairman and shadow arts minister.
He was sacked from both positions in November 2004 after assuring Mr Howard that tabloid reports of his affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt were false and an “inverted pyramid of piffle”. When the story was found to be true, he refused to resign.
Breaking Commons rules
Mr Johnson broke Commons rules by failing to declare a financial interest in a property within the mandated time limit. The Commons Standards Committee accused him of displaying “an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the house”.
Johnson was also made to apologise for failing to declare more than £52,000 of outside earnings.
Accused Turkish President of having relations with a goat
Boris Johnson won a poetry prize for a rude limerick about the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, having sex with a goat.
“There was a young fellow from Ankara
Who was a terrific wankerer
Till he sowed his wild oats
With the help of a goat
But he didn’t even stop to thankera.”
Calling African’s “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”
In 2002, when writing about a visit to Africa by then prime minister Tony Blair, Johnson penned the following. “What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. 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”. He added “They say he 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.”
Writing in the Daily Telegraph again in 2006, Johnson made a comparison between internal party politics and Papua New Guinea. He wrote “For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing”.
Referring to Africa as “that country” and claiming that Britain should still be in charge of the continent
Reflecting on his first three months in the job at the Tories’ 2016 conference Mr Johnson referred to Africa as “that country”.
Also writing in 2002, this time in The Spectator, Johnson suggested a reprise of the British Empire – in the best interests of Africa. “The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge anymore,” he wrote. “The British planted coffee and cotton and tobacco, and they were broadly right. If left to their own devices, the natives would rely on nothing but the instant carbohydrate gratification of the plantain.”
Claimed that drunken fans were partly responsible for the Hillsborough tragedy
As Spectator editor in 2004, he claimed that drunken fans were partly responsible for the Hillsborough tragedy, the worst disaster in British sporting history in which 96 football fans were killed. Accusing Liverpudlians of wallowing in their “victim status,”
Claiming women go to university to find men to marry
In 2013 Johnson suggested that women attend university in order to find husbands.
At an Islamic Economic Forum attended by Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Johnson, Razak said: “Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68 per cent will be women entering our universities.”
Johnson interjected: “They’ve got to find men to marry.”
Claimed money spend on historical child sex abuse cases was money “spaffed up a wall”
During a radio interview Johnson had this to say about historical child sex abuse cases.
“You know, £60m I saw was being spaffed up a wall on some investigation into historic child abuse and all this kind of thing. What on earth is that going to do to protect the public now?”
Broken promises as London Mayor
Having promised in his 2008 manifesto to ensure there would be manned ticket offices at every train station, he agreed to widespread closures to pay for a 24-hour tube.
He promised to eradicate rough sleeping by 2012, only for it to double during his leadership. He was also accused of telling “barefaced lies” after he stated that police numbers would increase in London despite government cuts.
In his leadership campaign speech he said he “took this city through riots” in 2011. Except for the fact he initially declined to cut short a holiday to help deal with the mass civil disturbance.
Wasted £43 million of public money on a garden bridge that never even began construction
The Garden Bridge project was a private proposal for a pedestrian bridge over the River Thames in London. The charity behind a plan to build a garden bridge across the Thames in London spent £53.5m without even beginning full construction.
Johnson signed a directive as mayor in 2016 which watered down some of the conditions that had to be met before more public money was released. Questioned by the London assembly last year on why he did this, Johnson said he could not remember.
Lied about the NHS gaining an extra £350 million per week during the EU Referendum campaign.
Launching the Vote Leave bus tour, he backed the infamous claim on the side of the bus that the UK was sending £350m a week to the EU, followed by “let’s fund our NHS instead”.
Just days after the campaign, Nigel Farage admitted the figure was “a mistake” – Mr Johnson ratcheted up his defence, telling The Guardian in January 2018 that the sum was too low.
He also claimed there were 80 million Turks heading our way, that we’d have a quick and easy divorce because Germany was desperate to sell us cars — all lies.
“My policy on cake is pro-having it and pro-eating it,” he declared – breathtaking stupidity.
Likening the EU project to Third Reich
In May 2016, as the Brexit campaign was entering its ill-tempered final phase, Johnson told media that European history was marked by repeated attempts to unify the continent. “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically,” Johnson said. “The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods. But fundamentally … there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe.”
Disastrous tenure in the Foreign Office and condemning British woman to further time in an Iranian jail.
During his time in the Foreign Office his officials could apparently get no plan, priority or strategy from him. He offended, mocked and idled.
During a foreign affairs committee hearing in November 2017, Johnson said British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been detained in Tehran while “simply teaching people journalism.” Iran has long viewed the BBC’s Persian broadcasting service as a subversive arm of MI6.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s employer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, released a statement making clear that she was not working in Iran, but was on holiday in the country to show her daughter, Gabriella, to her grandparents.
She still remains in an Iranian jail, currently on hunger strike.
Claiming Libya’s Sirte could be ‘new Dubai’ if they ‘clear the dead bodies away’
Addressing a UK business forum in October 2017, Johnson told how fighting in Libya had prevented a group of investors from transforming the coastal city of Sirte “into the next Dubai.” Johnson added that “the only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away.” Downing Street chided him for his remarks, while Johnson accused his critics of having “no knowledge or understanding” of Libya.
Obama accused of harboring ‘ancestral dislike’ of the UK
US President Barack Obama’s intervention in the Brexit referendum in April 2016 provoked a furious reaction from Johnson. After Obama said the UK would be better off remaining part of the EU, Johnson described the US president “part Kenyan” and accused him of harboring an “ancestral dislike” of the United Kingdom.
Recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries at a sacred Buddhist site.
Johnson was accused of “incredible insensitivity” during a state visit to Myanmar in September 2017, as he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries at a sacred Buddhist site. Visibly embarrassed, Britain’s Myanmar ambassador forced the foreign secretary to stop halfway through his impromptu recital.
Flattened a 10 year old playing an informal game of rugby
In October 2015, Boris Johnson was forced to apologize as his competitive nature on the sports field saw him knock over a 10-year-old during what was supposed to be an informal game of rugby in Tokyo.
Compared Muslim women to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”
In his Telegraph column, Mr Johnson said he felt “fully entitled” to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP’s surgery. He said schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student “turns up … looking like a bank robber”.
Mr Johnson argued the niqab was “oppressive” and it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”.
Also, in 2005, Johnson wrote in the Spectator that he believed it was only “natural” for the public to be scared of Islam.
The Conservative party may face extinction should the elect Boris Johnson – but the damage that might be done in the meantime could be immense. This man is not a clown as the media sometimes portray him, he’s a danger to this country and its people.
For further reading, take a look at this article from the New Yorker – it really is insightful in Boris Johnson’s character and past.