It really doesn’t. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before he causes a major diplomatic incident, as this tweet reminds us:
“Britain’s new foreign secretary published this poem about Turkey’s President Erdogan in May.” http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/boris-johnson-wins-the-spectators-president-erdogan-offensive-poetry-competition/
Some have speculated that this shows terrific political nous on the part of no-mandate May, who was voted in as PM by 199 Conservative MPs, making her election perhaps the least democratic ever in the history of the UK. “Give him enough rope…” they say.
Give this one enough rope and he’ll hang us all.
It isn’t a clever move; it’s a matter of political expedience. May had to give BoJob a job to appease Brexiters who wanted some of their number in the cabinet.
She decided to give him a portfolio for which (as another Twitter friend put it) the only worse candidates would have been Nigel Farage or Prince Philip, neither of whom happen to be Conservative MPs.
It isn’t a sign of intelligence; it is a sign of our new prime minister’s weakness.
Philip Hammond has been appointed chancellor of the exchequer and Boris Johnson foreign secretary as Theresa May allocated the top posts in her cabinet on her first evening as prime minister.
Hammond, who was foreign secretary, was the first to be appointed and replaces George Osborne, who was fired from the government, Downing Street announced.
The second major appointment – and a much more unexpected one – was Johnson as foreign secretary.
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