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140,068. Johnson leaves a scar on all who deal with him. Matthew Parris, The Times online article 8th January 2022
140,149. It would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening. (Party & Johnson & Covid-19) Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, memorandum 20th May 2020
107,809. A year ago a battle took place for the leadership of the country. This is the story of what went on behind the scenes. Some scenes have been dramatised … It’s a story of betrayals and backstabbings which handed victory to a Remainer. All in 20 days. (Conservatives & Johnson) Theresa vs Boris: How May Became a PM, captions, BBC 2017
107,810. ‘There’s a lot of people we know who want a grown-up as leader, not a comedian or a gambler, and that is you, Theresa.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. non-discreet meeting
107,811. ‘The kingdom at our feet there for the taking.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. Boris
107,812. ‘The most dishonest electorate in history.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. George Hollingbery
107,813. ‘Boris is a rock-star.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. Gavin
107,814. ‘We are not dealing with a public or even a membership here but 331 Tory MPs – insincere duplicitous bastards.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. team Boris
107,815. ‘Boris – I’m sorry you’ve been badly treated. Theresa.’ (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid. text
129,352. My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive. (Johnson & Prime Minister) Boris Johnson, interview US television, cited Daily Telegraph 16 July 2007
129,353. My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. (Johnson & Disaster & Opportunity) Boris Johnson, cited Daily Telegraph 2 December 2004
129,354. The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas. Boris Johnson
129,355. Well, er, pfft, um, it’s a good question, but er, I, I, I would, you know, I don’t, obviously, it’s an embarrassing but, but true that, um, er, it is obviously, possible, er, how should I put this, to make more money, er, by not being a full-time politician. Um, I don’t, I don’t want to put too finer point on it, er, but, you know, you have to, you have to, you have to, make sacrifices sometimes. Boris Johnson
129,356. Some readers will no doubt say that a devil is inside me; and though my faith is a bit like Magic FM in the Chilterns, in that the signal comes and goes, I can only hope that isn't so. Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph 4 March 2004
129,357. I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar. (Johnson & Cocaine) Boris Johnson, Evening Standard 17 October 2004
129,361. I have not had an affair with Petronella. It is complete balderdash. It is an inverted pyramid of piffle. It is all completely untrue and ludicrous conjecture. I am amazed people can write this drivel. (Johnson & Affair) Boris Johnson, cited Simon Walters, Mail on Sunday 7th November 2004, ‘Boris, Petsy and a Pyramid of Piffle’
120,692. Scandal of Brexit is not that we’ve failed, but that we have not tried. (Brexit & Johnson) Boris Johnson
119,674. That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt. (Brexit & Dream & Johnson) Boris Johnson, resignation letter
129,366. I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes. Boris Johnson, cited Daily Telegraph 5th August 2018
129,358. Boris has wanted to be prime minister ever since I first knew him. Max Hastings
141,371. Boris is a gold medal egomaniac … His chaotic persona is not an act – he is, indeed, manically disorganised about everything except his own image management. He is also far more ruthless, and frankly nastier, figure than the public appreciates. Max Hastings, article Guardian 10th October 2012, ‘Boris Johnson: brilliant, warm, funny – and totally unfit to be PM
129,359. He is unfit for public office because it seems he cares for no interest save his own fame and gratification. Max Hastings, cited The Guardian 24 June 2019
129,360. Johnson would not recognise truth, whether about his private or political life, if confronted by it in an identity parade. ibid.
129,362. He wanted to be top dog and he managed it pretty much. The Invention of Boris Johnson, woman, Channel 4 2019
129,363. Boris is his creation. ibid.
129,364. I was the Brussels correspondent [Telegraph] for about five years. ibid. Boris
129,365. Quite the most hopelessly irresponsible Foreign Secretary I have ever known from any party. ibid. Kenneth Clarke
129,562. He’s one of Britain’s most controversial and colourful politicians. His career has often flirted with oblivion. Johnson’s adversaries say he’s disorganised, questioning his seriousness and his sincerity. Allies say judge him on past performance. Boris Johnson: Fit to be Prime Minister? Channel 4 2019
129,563. Donald Trump likes Brexit, but the thin-skinned president elect knows ‘that blond guy’ as he calls Boris Johnson has publicly attacked him in the past. ibid.
68,285. Boris Johnson loves playing games ... Boris Johnson is a formidable and unorthodox competitor. (Conservatives & Johnson) Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise, BBC 2013
68,286. The Eton- and Oxford-educated mayor of London has routinely broken the conventional rules of politics. (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
68,287. The tape was a recording of Guppy telephoning to ask Johnson to find the home address of an inquisitive journalist whom Guppy wanted to scare off. (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
68,288. Cameron excluded Johnson from his inner circle. (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
68,289. Johnson once more beat Livingstone. (Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
128,429. I’ve never seen a campaign like it in forty years of reporting politics. The frontrunner Boris Johnson successful as a mayor, less so as a minister. And his rival Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary who took on the junion doctors. (Prime Minister & Conservatives & Johnson) Panorama: The Race for Number Ten, Jon Pienaar reporting, BBC 2019
128,430. Friends and enemies call him [Boris Johnson] irrepressible for a reason. (Prime Minister & Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
128,431. He and Boris Johnson both come from privileged backgrounds. (Prime Minister & Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
128,432. Brexit is the huge challenge facing the next prime minister. (Prime Minister & Conservatives & Johnson) ibid.
128,859. The race to lead the nation: who are the men who could shape the future of Britain? And who has a plan to fix Brexit? … We are in the grip of a battle for number 10 … whether Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will take the top job. (Prime Minister & Conservatives & Johnson) Tonight: Who’s Our Next PM? ITV 2019
131,956. Boris Johnson has never been one to play by the rules: now he’s facing two official inquiries into his ethical conduct when he was London mayor. Not for the first time he’s in trouble over his relationship with a woman. A young American entrepreneur - Jennifer Arcuri, who called him for a favour. (Johnson & Affair) Exposure: When Boris Met Jennifer, ITV 2019
131,957. Mr Johnson failed to declare his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri while her business interests benefitted from it. (Johnson & Affair) ibid.
132,509. A year that ended with us selecting Boris Johnson as prime minister. A guy who is like someone injected Hitler’s DNA into a panna cotta. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 2019 Review of the Year, BBC
75,187. So now we’ve got Boris Johnson, an evolutionary dead-end of a Honey Monster. A bin bag of albino body parts. A cross between the Incredible Hulk and a Haribo fried egg is the fucking prime minister. The prime minister! It’s not that he’s the worst person for the job, he might be the worst mammal. (Johnson & Insults) Frankie Boyle