Just when you were about to forgive the Tories for being quaintly old-school in their racism renaissance, Boris Johnson has barged in with more of a foghorn than a dogwhistle.
Writing in The Sun today about the US President’s intervention in Britain’s EU debate, he has pointed at Obama’s ethnic heritage as a reason not to trust his opinion that the UK should vote Remain. He does this via a story about a bust of Winston Churchill disappearing from the Oval Office:
“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”
First, who is “some”? The same imagined voice who gave Johnson the quotes he invented in The Times that got him fired in 1988?
Second, if we’re playing this fun game of I’m More British Than You, can your mole just remind readers that Johnson was born in New York, is a US citizen, and has both Turkish and French ancestry. Would we trust a ruddy frog, as “some” (Johnson) would probably put it, to know what’s best for Britain..?