Here’s another one who wants power only to see how far he can push that envelope

Published: October 4, 2017 at 2:27pm

The British Foreign Secretary: MPs are calling on the Prime Minister to sack him, and instead of apologising to keep the peace, he’s provoking further discord by digging his heels in.

I can understand that kind of cynical remark being made at a dinner party among friends – oh, they want to turn Sirte into a business centre, do they; well, all they have to do is clear the dead bodies away – but you just don’t make it in public when you’re Foreign Secretary.

We certainly do live in interesting times. I get the uncomfortable feeling that the 25-year-odd hiatus of relative peace and quiet that Europe enjoyed following the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the European terrorist groups may be turning into something quite unpleasant.

20 Comments Comment

  1. Santana says:

    Boris Johnson will be issuing his biography soon titled ‘ What not to do when representing your country’.

    It will be mandatory reading for our blue eyed ambassadors, ex ambassadors and EU Sherpa in Athens, Brussels, Washington, Madrid and London.

  2. It’s not a gaffe, because it’s intentional.

    • Odyssey says:

      There was another intentional incident in Myammar. I guess he is provoking Theresa May so that she sacks him, and then plays the card of the outsider, or rather the “anti-establishment”.

    • ACD says:

      If it’s intentional, then what is the intention? Today’s papers would have all been talking about his great speech earlier on, but many are calling for his resignation. Today, even his cabinet colleagues are refusing to defend him.

  3. D. K. Mifsud says:

    He’s not your conventional politician and for sure, he is perceived as an idiot by many however, that has little to no consequence really. Nobody pulled out of deals with the U.S. because Trump is at the helm (or should be) … I think Boris Johnson wasn’t given the position to make friends but to pull the U.K. out of the E.U. at the lowest cost to the British public. I will personally make up my mind about him when the time comes for him to deliver.

    • Gee Mike says:

      Just like Farag probably, got the country to the cliff’s edge, nudged it off, and pissed off in the other direction, having made million off the EU in perks, the cheek.

  4. Antoine Vella says:

    Many of our own politicians are also good at pushing envelopes; with money in them. Pushing and pulling.

  5. Dwardu says:

    This obsession with Dubai is outrageous. How easily people are impressed by bling!

  6. callixtus says:

    It’s no laughing matter. This man is dangerous. He is sacrificing British interests at the altar of his ambitions.

  7. callixtus says:

    Even Trump’s own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was so exasperated by his President that he called him a moron. Americans were crazy to vote for him, and his presidency is bound to unravel.

  8. Rumplestiltskin says:

    Trump, Johnson, Muscat, Kim Jung Un …. and the list goes on. What a carry on. The world’s gone mad. Except for the North Korean, the ‘people’ elected the others. What a testament to the average voter.

  9. observer says:

    Unless the career officers and diplomats in the British Foreign Office are as dumb, rough and loud-mouthed as their boss – which is quite difficult, but not impossible – or even more than him – which is extremely difficult, but, perhaps quite possible – they must be hiding their heads in shame and cursing whoever thought of appointing him to the post.

    • Rough? Dumb? Loud-mouthed? All wrong. Rude and obnoxious, but hardly rough, dumb and loud-mouthed.

      • Mary Anne says:

        I concur. The problem lay in underestimating people like him. We are too eager to trivialise with labels that make us feel good about ourselves.

        Malta too has changed. The era we are entering is one akin to Trumpism. We brought this about ourselves. Too much change in such a short time alarmed the Right and they acted.

    • Antoine Vella says:

      That’s why his behaviour is so insolent and exquisitely offensive: because he should know better. Johnson wasn’t brought up in a trailer park or a council estate.

    • rita schembri says:

      A rather dangerous, bumbling buffoon given his position as the UK’s foreign secretary. I would say he is ‘Trumpesque’ at the very least and that is very worrying.

  10. Eagle One says:

    How hypocritical of Boris Johnson, addressing his ‘fellow’ Tories from a podium with the motto ‘Building a country that works for everyone’, when he is working for himself.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd was caught on mike telling him to stand up and applaud May’s disastrous conference speech marred by persistent coughing (which was expertly interrupted by a prankster).

    He is doing all this to get himself sacked, paving the way for him to make a play for the top job of Prime Minister.

    Britain in its worrying and troubled times needs leaders not clowns.

  11. Gary Maxwellian says:

    You love him or you hate him. I love him.

  12. CarrieErbag says:

    The trouble is that Boris Johnson is a devious, posturing buffoon who can’t be trusted to tell the time of day let alone be an effective Foreign Secretary, or a Prime Minister.

    An example of his political deviousness was demonstrated by his Brexit campaign lies and the resultant political shambles. He was most effective in capturing the public’s attention with his bare-faced lies and rhetoric that he was responsible for helping to persuade a large majority to disastrously vote to leave the European Union.

    This one example clearly demonstrates that all devious and political liars and their lies have a frightening influence over common sense and the truth.

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