US News Boris Johnson's political career: Gaffes, insults... and a zip wire

14:40  10 july  2018
14:40  10 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Boris Johnson on a zip wire (Ben Kendall/PA). - Tackles. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson , he is also known for his displays of questionable sportsmanship. After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson ' s gaffes did not cease.

The controversial Conservative MP has had many colourful moments and gaffes . Subscribe to our daily newsletter. Sign Up. Boris Johnson on a zip wire . – Foreign insults of a foreign secretary in the making. Before taking charge at the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson had been repeatedly criticised for

a man wearing a suit and tie: Before he even arrived at the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson was repeatedly criticised for using racially-charged or offensive language © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Before he even arrived at the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson was repeatedly criticised for using racially-charged or offensive language

Boris Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary intensified Downing Street's crisis after Brexit Secretary David Davis quit over Theresa May's plans to depart the European Union.

Here we take a look at some of Mr Johnson's most colourful moments and gaffes:

Racially charged gaffes and insults  

Before taking charge at the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson had been repeatedly criticised for using racially-charged or offensive language.

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The controversial Conservative MP has had many colourful moments and gaffes . Subscribe to our daily newsletter. Sign Up. Boris Johnson on a zip wire . This was widely disputed. Mr Johnson next to the controversial claim (Stefan Rousseau/PA). – Foreign insults of a foreign secretary in the making.

Boris Johnson on a zip wire (Ben Kendall/PA). – Tackles. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson , he is also known for his displays of questionable sportsmanship. After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson ’ s gaffes did not cease.

Among the more controversial remarks included the time he described the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by 'flag-waving piccaninnies', a derogatory term for black children, and then-prime minister Tony Blair being met by 'tribal warriors' with 'watermelon smiles' while on a trip to the Congo.

After becoming Foreign Secretary the gaffes continued. In 2016 he criticised Barack Obama as a 'part-Kenyan' with an 'ancestral dislike' of Britain when the then-US president came out in support of Remain.

He penned a satirical limerick describing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan having sex with a goat and calling him a 'wankerer' to rhyme with the Turkish capital of Ankara.

And he created a political storm when he compared EU efforts to create a superstate to Hitler's attempt to rule the continent, saying: 'Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically.'

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Boris Johnson on a zip wire (Ben Kendall/PA). – Tackles. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson , he is also known for his displays of questionable sportsmanship. After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson ’ s gaffes did not cease.

Boris Johnson on a zip wire . 0 comments. Here we take a look at some of the controversial Conservative MP’ s most colourful moments and gaffes : – Zip line.

a woman holding a baby: In many people's eyes, Mr Johnson's biggest failure as Foreign Secretary was his handling of the jailing by Iran of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In many people's eyes, Mr Johnson's biggest failure as Foreign Secretary was his handling of the jailing by Iran of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

In many people's eyes, Mr Johnson's biggest failure as Foreign Secretary was his handling of the jailing by Iran of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The Iranian security services jailed the British mother on trumped on charges about breaking censorship laws.

Mr Johnson used a Commons committee hearing to declare she had indeed been 'training journalists' when in fact she was visiting family.

The blunder prompted new charges and has extended Mr Zaghari-Ratcliffe's prison sentence, to the horror of her family.   

Boris Johnson standing in front of a sign: During the EU referendum campaign Mr Johnson travelled in a Vote Leave bus emblazoned with the claim that exiting the EU would bring £350 million a week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited During the EU referendum campaign Mr Johnson travelled in a Vote Leave bus emblazoned with the claim that exiting the EU would bring £350 million a week That Brexit bus and the £350million a week 

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Boris Johnson on a zip wire (Ben Kendall/PA). – Tackles. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson , he is also known for his displays of questionable sportsmanship. After being the surprise pick as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson ’ s gaffes did not cease.

Boris Johnson on a zip wire . 0 comments. Here we take a look at some of the controversial Conservative MP’ s most colourful moments and gaffes : – Zip line.

During the EU referendum campaign Mr Johnson travelled around the country in a Vote Leave bus emblazoned with the claim that exiting the EU would bring £350 million a week back to Britain to spend on the NHS.

This was widely disputed, including by the official statistics watchdog - to the delight of Vote Leave, who felt it meant a major claim got more air time.

Mr Johnson battled inside Government to get the £350million a week for the NHS even though it did not really exist - and succeeded as Theresa May vowed to plough in money even if she had to raise taxes. He resigned anyway.  

 The leadership bid that never was

After the pro-Brexit politician was the star of the successful Leave campaign, it was expected he would make a bid at becoming prime minister when a humiliated David Cameron stood down.

But Mr Johnson's leadership announcement was derailed by his running mate Michael Gove dramatically dumping him and entering the race himself.

Mr Gove said building the leadership campaign had proved to him Mr Johnson was simply not up to being Prime Minister.

a man riding a snow board high in the air © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The London 2012 zip wire

For many the iconic image of Mr Johnson is him strung from a zip wire high above London while clutching two British flags, a harness tightly gripping his suit.

He was London mayor during the 2012 Olympics when he became stuck above a chuckling crowd.

'I think they needed to test this on somebody going a bit faster,' he told onlookers.

Johnson speech threat to May leadership .
Boris Johnson is poised to make a potentially explosive resignation statement to MPs, nine days after quitting as Foreign Secretary. Many MPs believe it could be as spectacular and dramatic as that of Sir Geoffrey Howe in 1990, which brought about the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. © Getty Geoffrey Howe's resignation speech was the beginning of the end for Mr Thatcher Mr Johnson was spotting approaching the Chair and seeking the permission of the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, during one of the votes on the Government's latest Brexit legislation, the Trade Bill.

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