Why have thousands of people seemingly have vested their political hopes in a single figurehead?
Some international observers are amused, but others regard Britain’s top diplomat as a new and unnecessary problem
International reaction to the appointment of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary has been overwhelmingly negative. The news prompted incredulity in stunned global capitals, with few finding anything good to say about Britain’s new top diplomat. Some even wondered whether the story was a joke.
The BBC rounds up some of Boris Johnson’s on-the-record “gaffes” (which is to say, unforgivable racist garbage), from calling African people “piccaninnies” to praising Bashar Al-Assad.
Boris Johnson led the Brexit campaign with a lot of dog-whistles about dirty foreign muck stealing our jobs and clogging up our NHS, before being stabbed in the back by Michael Gove and bowing out of politics, until, today, he was made Foreign Secretary by Theresa May, the UK’s new Pry Minister.
Britain was rocked on Wednesday by the shocking appointment of former London mayor and prominent Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson to the role of foreign secretary.
From likening Hillary Clinton to ‘a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital’ to writing a poem in which the president of Turkey has sex with a goat, Johnson has made a name for himself around the world
Jeremy Corbyn has been variously described in the British press as unelectable, comic and highly dangerous. How should a healthy democracy respond to politicians pursuing a different kind of democracy?