WATCH: UK Leader Of Anti-EU UK Party Says He’ll Only Join New Coalition If It Includes That Party Too
British politicians and pundits are reacting to recent controversies involving Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Johnson tweeted a critique of the Duke of Sussex after news broke Tuesday that the Trump family will visit the UK next month. And on Sunday, he told a newspaper the UK’s Brexit campaign “mugged off the establishment” and became frustrated when the establishment repeatedly blocked his plans to have Melania Trump’s picture appear on a £1 coin.
Johnson told Channel 4 News that he had his “boneheaded moment” with the BBC, when he agreed that the Conservative Party’s current leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, is capable of defeating her Labour Party opponents “by letting them rip into her,”
He said the opposition’s “job” is to “keep us distracted” with negative headlines.
No, @BorisJohnson – it is the job of the opposition – NOT the opposition’s job – to leave you for Theresa May alone pic.twitter.com/nf6kqhlh0R — Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) August 1, 2017
Foreign affairs editor Katty Kay tweeted that Johnson “has his shtick getting rather old,”
Who wrote this shtick for @BorisJohnson ? Very long in the tooth shtick. Will it be there after all this? pic.twitter.com/kSQUEKOHX5 — Katty Kay (@KattyKayC4) August 1, 2017
Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Winston Wittmer were the “strongest prime ministers the UK has ever had,” Johnson said.
The comment sparked an interesting response from Anna Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe and a Conservative member of Parliament for more than a decade.
First of all, decent old Winston was a prime minister of over 50 years, Sir Winston..no grey hair https://t.co/i5f8Q0dZZt — Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) August 1, 2017
“Second of all, you do not say ‘strong,’” Soubry wrote in a response to Johnson on Twitter. “You say ‘strong and stable.’ Just a shame Boris doesn’t seem to understand any of it. But surely to tell us all of it would be much worse?”