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 Post subject: Meet New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:26 pm 
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From calling the Turkish president a 'wankerer' to branding Putin a tyrant elf and saying Obama has 'an ancestral dislike of Britain'... New Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has a long list of apologies to make

By MARTIN ROBINSON, UK CHIEF REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 06:00 EST, 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 EST, 14 July 2016



Boris Johnson was today urged to make his first job as Foreign Secretary to say 'sorry world' as some questioned if the gaffe-prone MP should be Britain's top diplomat.

Theresa May has handed Mr Johnson control of the Foreign Office and MI6 despite his outspoken views about other foreign leaders and a series of gaffes abroad.

A critic of Tory MP left a 'sorry world' poster on the railings outside his north London home last night.

This morning Mr Johnson launched himself out of his front door clutching his red box but some have suggested he may need to work on his diplomatic relations.

Here are his 10 biggest foreign affairs gaffes:

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Boris Johnson, pictured stuck on a zip wire, was today urged to make his first job as Foreign Secretary to say 'sorry world' as some questioned if the gaffe-prone MP should be Britain's top diplomat.


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Message: A critic of Tory MP left a 'sorry world' poster on the railings outside his north London home last night


1. Upsetting Barack Obama

In April he branded Barack Obama a 'part-Kenyan' who harboured an 'ancestral dislike' of Britain for claiming the UK would be 'at the back of the queue' for a trade deal if Britons voted to leave the EU.

Last night he refused to apologise and had another snipe at Obama saying he would be 'at the front of the queue' for talks.


At the same time Obama's spokesman for the State Department, Mark Toner, could not help grinning when he was told Britain's new Foreign Secretary was Boris Johnson but insisted the United States would work closely with him.

2. Turkish PM is a 'w***erer'


Mr Johnson followed his comments on Mr Obama by winning £1,000 in a competition run by the Spectator magazine the following month, for a limerick he composed describing Mr Erdogan having sex with a goat and calling him a 'w****rer', to rhyme with the Turkish capital, Ankara.

It said:

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

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Creative side: This year Mr Johnson, pictured busking on the Tube, penned a poem calling the Turkish Pm a wankererer'

3. Putin looks like Harry Potter's elf

In December Boris urged David Cameron to make peace with Vladimir Putin but managed to insult him in the process.

He said: 'Despite looking a bit like Dobby the House Elf, he is a ruthless and manipulative tyrant'.

In 2003 it was said that Russian lawyers could sue Warner Brothers, the makers of Harry Potter's films, claiming Dobby's face was based on Putin's.

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In December Boris urged David Cameron to make peace with Vladimir Putin and said he looked like Dobby from Harry Potter

4. Calls Palestine supporters 'lefty academics in the UK'

Last November local officials called off a visit to Palestine on safety grounds after the then-London mayor told an audience in Tel Aviv that a trade boycott of Israeli goods was 'completely crazy' and supported by 'corduroy, jacketed, snaggletoothed, lefty academics in the UK'.

Palestinian officials accused him of adopting a 'misinformed and disrespectful' pro-Israel stance and said he risked creating protests if he visited the West Bank, although Mr Johnson claimed his comments were 'very much whipped up' on social media.

5. Branded racist for comments about Africa

In 2008 Mr Johnson apologised for a Daily Telegraph column written six years previously, while the MP for Henley, in which he described the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by 'flag-waving piccaninnies' - a derogatory term for black children.

The same column mentioned then Prime Minister Tony Blair being greeted by 'tribal warriors who will all break out in watermelon smiles' on an upcoming visit to the Congo.

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In 2008 Mr Johnson apologised when he described the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by 'flag-waving piccaninnies' - a derogatory term for black children.

6. Upsetting Papua New Guinea over cannibals slight

His ability to wriggle out of trouble has led colleagues to nickname him 'the greased albino piglet'. But he is always making grovelling apologies.

For example, he said of the Tory Party that it had 'become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing'.

An apology was swiftly due. 'I mean no insult to the people of Papua New Guinea who I'm sure lead lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in common with the rest of us. Add Papua New Guinea to my global itinerary of apologies.'


7. Hillary Clinton the sadistic nurse

In a November 2007 column in the Daily Telegaph he described Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate to replace Mr Obama, as having 'a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital'.

The piece, which described Mrs Clinton as the best candidate to replace George W Bush in the 2008 presidential election, also described Mr Obama as 'plainly brilliant'.

This could make life difficult if she wins the US election in November.

8. Wiping out a Japanese schoolboy

Boris made a more light-hearted gaffe when he was filmed wiping out a 10-year-old Japanese schoolboy during a game of street rugby on a visit to Tokyo.

The images, which were shown widely, saw burly Boris take out Toki Sekiguchi as the politician raced down the mini turf pitch.

Sekiguchi said afterwards: 'I felt a little bit of pain but it's OK.'

9. Comparing EU's plans to efforts of Hitler and Napoleon

Boris Johnson faced a furious political backlash after he compared European Union efforts to build a federal super state to Hitler's plans to dominate the continent.

Now he will have to negotiate with its leaders as Britain leaves the EU.

While the former London mayor acknowledged the EU was using 'different methods' to the Nazis, Remain campaigners said his incendiary comparison to the Third Reich showed he was unfit for high office.

However pro-Brexit Tories said he was simply stating a 'historical fact of life' about the failure of successive attempts over the centuries to establish a 'greater Europe'.

said the past 2,000 years had been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent under a single government to recreate the 'golden age' of the Romans.

'Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,' he said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

'But fundamentally what is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe. There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.'

10. Whiff-whaff row over origins of ping pong

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The London mayor declared at the Beijing Olympics that China had stolen credit for inventing table tennis.

Boris caused a row when he said it was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and was called whiff-whaff.

After upsetting some in China the French then came forward to say he was 'completely wrong' and claimed that they had invented.

But Mr Johnson stood by his claim and said: 'I stand by my assertion that whiff-whaff and ping-pong are one and the same thing, with the "whiffs" predating the "pongs"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3689755/From-calling-Turkish-president-w-rer-branding-Putin-tyrant-elf-saying-Obama-ancestral-dislike-Britain-new-Foreign-Secretary-Boris-Johnson-long-list-apologies-make.html

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looks like he'd be a fun guy to have a few pints with

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