How is Boris Johnson still the Foreign Secretary?
by Matt Coot
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, or as he is most commonly known ‘Boris Johnson’, was an odd choice for Foreign Secretary when Theresa May announced her Cabinet in 2016. This was a politician who had spent the Brexit campaign insulting many of the European nations, and had spent the majority of his career making inappropriate slurs against many nations and their leaders. At the time, people laughed. It wasn’t long before it became accepted that Boris Johnson was this nation’s Foreign Secretary. But why? He continues to lie, continues to show his racist nature, is sexist, uses offensive comparisons and descriptions for people and nations, and has questionable links to the Russian state as well as a possible connection to the perpetration of electoral fraud during the referendum campaign. Now, he has been caught in a very serious lie about how this country was led to take the most serious action against Russia since the end of the Cold War. So, how is he still Foreign Secretary? How has he not lost his position and been suspended by the Conservative Party?
His lie about Porton Down
When asked about the evidence that pointed to Russia as being the responsible party for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Boris Johnson said ““I mean the people from Porton Down, the laboratory..and they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, “Are you sure?” And he said there’s no doubt.”
However, during an interview broadcast yesterday, the Chief Executive of Porton Down told Sky News that they were unable to identify the source of the nerve agent.
This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t Russia. It does mean that Porton Down scientists were unable to give the source of the nerve agent. They could not be “absolutely categorical” or absolutely sure with “no doubt” because they were unable to identify the source. And what does this mean?
Boris Johnson lied. He did not have a scientist at Porton Down tell him that there was “no doubt” it was Russia who was behind the attack. Boris Johnson lied. He misled the public into believing there was categorical proof from the Porton Down laboratory. Boris Johnson lied.
It wasn’t just on this interview that he lied, but the Foreign Office also Tweeted this:
Since the interview between Sky News and the Chief Executive of Porton Down was released yesterday, this Tweet from the Foreign Office has mysteriously been deleted. However, they forgot the golden rule of social media: don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your electorate to later see, especially once they’ve found out that you’re lying.
So, Boris Johnson lied. He was acting in the capacity of the Foreign Secretary when he gave that interview. It can be assumed that this Tweet had also been given the okay by him. Now, they are trying to cover up their mistake. Or, specifically, the Foreign Secretary’s mistake.
This is not the first time that Boris Johnson has been caught in a lie:
- In 1988, he was fired from The Times for lying about a quote in an article (he made up the quote – a bit like making up the quote from the scientist at Porton Down).
- In 2004, he lied about his extra-marital affairs and was fired from his position as Shadow Arts Minister.
- During his time as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson made promises and broke them. Eradicating rough sleeping in London was a failure as numbers doubled during his leadership. Manned ticket offices at every station? He closed all of London’s ticket offices.
- During the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson proudly stood in front of that big red bus that promised £350 million per week would go to the NHS. It seems after the referendum, there were “no guarantees”.
Boris Johnson is a compulsive and serial liar. He should be fired for this alone, but there’s more of Johnson’s sins to show yet.
His blatant sexism
On 27th March, Boris Johnson was forced to apologise for “inadvertent sexism” towards Emily Thornberry MP. There is no such thing as sexism that is “inadvertent”. The Foreign Secretary was purposefully sexist, rude, and out of order.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow was visibly angry at Johnson’s sexist rant that he gave the Foreign Secretary a telling off. “First of all, we don’t name call in this chamber.” He then gave a stern instruction for the Foreign Secretary to listen to him as he would “benefit from listening”. He continued with his ‘teacher to naughty schoolboy’ telling off with, “Secondly, we do not address people by the titles of their spouses. The Shadow Foreign Secretary has a name. And its not ‘Lady Something’. We know what her name is and it is inappropriate and frankly sexist to speak with those terms.”
This isn’t the first time that Boris Johnson has displayed his sexist side. He once described Hilary Clinton has a “sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”. Not only is this offensive in nature, but it also has a sexist element to it. Would he have described a man in this way? Absolutely not. This was an offensive and sexist statement to make about a candidate in a foreign election.
Boris Johnson’s sexist behaviour should have been condemned on 27th March. It should have been condemned by his leader and his party. In fact, his party – who have been promoting a “Respect Pledge” – should have suspended him. Instead, nothing occurred. He got away with it, apart from for some minor outrage in the press.
Boris Johnson is Racist
On 28th March, it was revealed that Boris Johnson attended the launch of a local Conservative campaign that has been accused of “dog whistle racism”. The “Keep Havering Safe” campaign was launched in December 2017, and Boris Johnson was there. There should have been outrage. There should have been condemnation. There should have been a firing and suspension from party. There was nothing.
This isn’t the first time that Boris Johnson has shown his racist side:
- In 1997, he said that South Africa has a “majority tyranny of black rule”.
- In 2002, he said that “the problem [with Africa] is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more.”
- Again, in 2002, he wrote that touring the Commonwealth, the Queen would be greeted by “cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies”.
- Again, in 2002, he wrote that on Tony Blair’s visit to the Congo “tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles”. He described Tony Blair as “the big white chief”.
- In 2003, he wrote “Right, let’s go and look at some more piccaninnies”.
- In 2008, he wrote “Orientals … have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole”.
- In 2006, he had described Barack Obama as “part-Kenyan” with an “ancestral dislike” of Britain.
His racist attitude is disgusting. Any sort of racism is vile and there is no place for it in our modern fair and open society. Boris Johnson, as a representative of this country, has displayed ignorant and horrible opinions with this racist behaviour. He should never have been promoted to such a level in government and he should be instantly fired from his position.
How is Boris linked to the Cambridge Analytica story?
Boris Johnson was one of the figureheads for the official Vote Leave campaign (alongside Michael Gove). A Canadian digital firm, AggregateIQ (AIQ), was pivotal in the Vote Leave campaign. Whistleblowers have spoken of links between AIQ and Cambridge Analytica. These same whistleblowers have explained how Vote Leave channelled money through the campaign BeLeave so that AIQ was paid more by the campaign than electoral laws allowed. It is all a mess and confusing, and I will write a more in-depth article once all evidence has been released, but what this means is simple: Boris Johnson is linked to a campaign that is under suspicion of breaking electoral laws and is further linked to a data company that may have broken laws to influence the referendum vote. There needs to be an independent inquiry and a criminal investigation. Can two high ranking politicians really escape unscathed? They should be removed from their positions and suspended by the party until investigations can be carried out.
How is Boris linked to Russia?
Just read this previous article.
Why should Boris Johnson be fired?
- He misled the public with a lie about Porton Down,
- He has displayed sexist behaviour,
- He has displayed racist beliefs,
- He has questionable links to potential electoral fraud,
- He has questionable links to the Russian state.