In case you have just risen from a desert island or a prolonged hibernation, the United Kingdom has a brand-new prime minister, Theresa May, who in turn has elected a brand-new foreign secretary. The guy who will be representing Britain’s affairs overseas is Boris Johnson. Yes, that Boris Johnson, the tousle-haired, barrel-bellied engineer of the UK’s departure from the EU.
It’s an appointment that’s been discussed with unusual hysteria around the globe, not least since he has been less than subtle regarding other nations and their leaders before. Some of his opinions, frequently outlined in his newspaper articles, further endanger clashing with his own government’s official position.
On Tony Blair touring Africa, in 2002, Boris Johnson remarked on what a comfort it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is stated that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly since it provides her with unvarying applauding crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.
Mr Johnson withdrew his remarks in 2008, throughout his victorious campaign to be mayor of London. Although it’s not the only time he has applied the word “piccaninnies”, a disparaging term for black children.
On the outcomes of colonialism in Uganda in 2002, he announced that if left to their own means, the inhabitants would rely on nothing but the instantaneous carbohydrate satisfaction of the plantain.
On Barack Obama’s ruling to discard a statue of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office in March this year. No one was certain whether the President had himself been involved in the decision. Some stated it was a reproach to Britain. Some said that it was a representation of the part-Kenyan President’s genetic aversion of the British empire, of which Churchill had been such a passionate supporter.
Earlier this year, Turkey launched for the prosecution of a German comic who wrote an offensive verse about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In reply, the British publication The Spectator ran a contest inviting readers to present an adverse composition about Mr Erdogan, a contest that was secured by Mr Johnson.
Whilst we can’t publish the verse in full, you can see it here, suffice to say, it includes an inventive verse for “Ankara”. Mr Johnson has Turkish heritage, but that is what he’s been warned against exploiting.
Pro-government newspaper reporter Selim Atala tweeted: “Dear @BorisJohnson I understand you need well-versed apologies in Turkish. I can assist you with that. PS: Turkish roots-card won’t work.”
Following Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, supported by Russian troops, reclaimed the antiquated township of Palmyra from the self-styled Islamic State group, Mr Johnson was impertinent in his praise. He lettered that “any sane person should feel a sense of satisfaction at what Assad’s troops have accomplished”, however, said that Assad was a monster, a dictator.
In a post last December, Mr Johnson likened Vladimir Putin to Dobby the House Elf, the Harry Potter persona. Whilst criticising Mr Putin, he has further boosted his position in Russia and called for more co-operation with Moscow.
Mr Johnson’s forerunner as foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, had criticised Russia for targeting civilians by shelling hospitals and schools in Syria. In May, Mr Johnson further challenged the EU’s part in the struggle in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is publicly cited of supporting the radicals who dominate much of the territory.
If you want an illustration of EU foreign policymaking on the hoof and the EU’s pretensions to managing a defence system that has created real trouble, then look at what has occurred in the Ukraine, he informed journalists.
On Thursday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated he hoped Mr Johnson’s office would motion a fresh start for UK-Russia relations.
Reminded of Mr Johnson’s remarks, Mr Peskov replied: “The weight of his current position will certainly, probably, provoke a different kind of rhetoric of a more diplomatic character.”
Boris and Japan, visiting a country on a trade stay and reacting by forcibly crushing a 10-year-old boy is maybe not discretion at its greatest.
Boris and the US, his current position will unavoidably take him to face leaders in the land of his birth, and to deal with its subsequent president. Only one obstacle there, depending on who wins this vote in November.
Boris on Hillary Clinton, he stated that she’s got coloured blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue gaze, like a sadistic attendant in a mental hospital.
Boris on Donald Trump, he announced that he was genuinely troubled that he could be president, and Mr Johnson stated in March. That he was in New York and some cameramen were attempting to take a photo of him and a girl strolled down the pavement towards him and she stopped and she responded, ‘Gee, is that Trump?’
He’s further accused Mr Trump of being out of his mind and of possessing stupefying ignorance.
Boris on Iran, in a 2006 editorial, he stated he backed Iran having the nuclear bomb, declaring it was the only sure-fire means of defending his nation, and his wretched huddled constituents, from the occurrence of an invasion by America.
While he admits this was at a time when the United States was battling two wars, it’s fair to state Mr Johnson’s view here is idiosyncratic.
Boris on Papua New Guinea and some things never change. In 2006, the Labour party was still in the midst of another leadership disaster. Furthermore, Boris was repeatedly atoning for further adverse remarks, this time in connection to Labour’s struggles.
He wrote, for 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy surprise that we view as the insanity overwhelms the Labour Party. Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner in London was not laughing – I bet he wasn’t.
And what Boris is like abroad. Staff at the Foreign Office may have their hands full if one report is something to go by. Foreign Office workers had to pick up a hotel bar tab, stop Mr Johnson from driving a sports car out of a showroom and plan last-minute tours when the mayor of London travelled to Erbil, in the semi-autonomous quarter of Iraqi Kurdistan, in January 2015, the FT announced.
Whilst his stay did lead to further ventures struck in Kurdistan, it reportedly proved a diplomatic problem. At one point, the FT declared, Mr Johnson insisted on visiting the front line in the struggle facing IS.
Whilst Boris Johnson promotes the bumbling fool image, he does this skillfully to evade liability for his terrible performance, and he’s outstanding performing on comedy programs, but not in the world’s spotlight.
Mr Johnson was the most notable politician in the Leave campaign, which promoted for a British departure from the EU in last month’s election.
His post as foreign secretary, the UK’s prime representative, has been met with some shock by the world press, with papers mentioning his chronicle of faux pas.
Mr Johnson declared he was truly humbled by his latest position.
He announced there was a huge opportunity in this country to make a vast success of our new alliance with Europe and with the world.
Yet, it was stated, that there was no uncertainty that Boris Johnson is an intelligent man, but he has developed the persona of a jester in order to evade accountability for some of the pretty insulting things he has spoken over the years.
This is no longer a man that one would wish to be representing us on the global spotlight. Sequentially, we all know that people will purchase tickets to the show but we don’t want our politics to be a spectacle, and we don’t want fools to be operating major departments.
Boris may well be diverting and funny and I do not give a shit if he’s on Have I Got News For You?. Nevertheless, when he’s been granted a more sober part to perform, he must meet that role, and promote himself correctly, and not embarrass himself publically.