|Born||Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Citizenship||United Kingdom, United States|
|Alma mater||Balliol College (Oxford)|
|Member of||Bullingdon Club|
"A known liar and bounder". Bullingdon
Boris Johnson is an establishment politician and member of the Bullingdon Club who has been termed "a known liar and bounder". In March 2018 Craig Murray branded him "A Categorical Liar" after his performance in relation to the Skripal affair. In June 2019, Simon Wren-Lewis described Johnson as "a threat to democracy itself". Murray observed in July 2019 that "Between just 28 May and 10 June Boris Johnson received £235,500 in “private” donations, to himself personally, as he prepares to become the UK’s unelected Prime Minister."
- While the Brexit campaign can be seen as an orgy of opportunism for Boris Johnson, he seems the most likely to succeed in the race for the ‘top prize’. This is how the media have been framing the political debate for months.
- Good luck to him, he will inherit a disunited kingdom, with immigration centre-stage, an ongoing austerity agenda, a pile of debt presided over by George Osborne, and a shambles of international relations not seen since Suez. His party is bitter and divided and he faces a constitutional crisis on two fronts.
- Yesterday Cathal Foley wrote that Brexit could lead to a United Ireland, an Independent Scotland, and a Little England. This morning that looks more likely than ever.
Boris Johnson was the leading contender to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister by the time of the Conservative party conference in October 2016. Instead, Theresa May became PM on 13 July 2016 and appointed Boris Johnson to be Foreign Secretary in her new government.
Following May's resignation as Leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June 2019, Boris Johnson and his replacement as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are competing to succeed her as Leader and UK/Prime Minister.
On 27 April 2017, Boris Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that Britain's RAF would be prepared to launch military strikes against Syria in breach of international law and without parliamentary approval, if asked to do so by Donald Trump:
- “If the Americans were once again forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they asked us to help, it would be very difficult to say ‘no,” Boris said.
On 26 June 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:
- "The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.
- "As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, followed up by tweeting:
- "Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people."
- “We heard about this statement. We don’t know what it’s based on. And, of course, we strongly disagree with the wording ‘another attack,’ because, as you know, despite all the demands of the Russian side, there was no independent international investigation of the previous tragedy with the use of chemical weapons. We do not believe it is possible to rest the responsibility on the Syrian armed forces.
- “Without carrying out an investigation it is impossible, illegitimate and absolutely wrong, in regards to achieving the final goals on Syrian reconciliation, to put the blame on Assad. Of course, we consider unacceptable any such threats to the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Peskov stated.
|Document:Anatomy of a Scandal: Israel Crucifies Corbyn||Article||14 August 2014||Michael W. Howard||"Tom Watson has it backward: the 'eternal shame and embarrassment' come when Labour, swallowing whatever pride it has left, meekly submits to being harassed and blackmailed by a foreign power and its vulgar propagandists. Jeremy Corbyn, it seems, is gearing up to do just that. Chalk one up for Goebbels."|
|Document:Boris Johnson is a threat to democracy itself||Article||18 June 2019||Simon Wren-Lewis||We can only hope that while most Conservative members want to live in a world where there is no spoon, enough voters prefer changing the real world in ways that enhance, rather than diminish, our democracy.|
|Document:Diplomatic Protection, the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe||Article||14 November 2017||Oliver Miles||Perhaps the best thing we could do for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be to take a lead in offering assistance following the earthquake in Iran on Sunday|
|Document:Killing Diplomacy||Article||15 March 2018||Paul Craig Roberts|
|Sane people will choose politics over war, and sane – that is, competently governed – nations will choose diplomacy over belligerence and confrontation. If we look around in search of such incompetently governed nations, two examples readily present themselves: the United States and the United Kingdom.|
|Document:Project Brexit||Comment||24 June 2017||David||Project Brexit: "Doomed to Failure"|
|Document:So what actually happened in the Strait of Hormuz on 10th July?||social media post||12 July 2019||Oliver Tickell||The aggressive posturing of US and UK and the moves to militarise the Strait of Hormuz, taken together with US calls for regime change and other threats to the sovereignty of Iran, constitute a breach of UNCLOS Articles 19 and 39 and are thus unlawful.|
|Document:Suffer the little children||Article||12 November 2012||Susie Boniface||Nine years ago the BBC was at the centre of another frenzy when it similarly accused the government of misleading the public. Only then it wasn't child abuse, it was starting a war after publicly stating our enemy could launch chemical weapons within 45 minutes of the order being given.|
|Document:The Brutal Legacy of Bloody Sunday is a Powerful Warning to Those Hoping to Save Brexit||Article||19 March 2019||Patrick Cockburn||What we are seeing is the two most divisive issues in modern British history coming together in a toxic blend: these are Brexit and the Irish question.|
|Document:The plot to keep Corbyn out of power||blog post||3 July 2019||Jonathan Cook||The weaponisation of anti-semitism against Corbyn has become so normal that, even while I was writing this post, a new nadir was reached. Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary who hopes to defeat Boris Johnson in the upcoming Tory leadership race, as good as accused Corbyn of being a new Hitler, a man who as prime minister might allow Jews to be exterminated, just as occurred in the Nazi death camps.|
|Document:Theresa May pushing for UK intervention in Syria following Manchester attack||Article||25 May 2017||Whitney Webb||Jeremy Corbyn Says What We All Knew: The War On Terror Isn’t Working|
- Document:Boris Johnson is a threat to democracy itself
- "Who will speak for Europe?"
- "Lame Duck Soup"
- "Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU"
- "Boris Johnson named Foreign Secretary in Theresa May's new Cabinet"
- "I'm deeply honoured to have secured more than 50 per cent of the vote in the final ballot"
- "Boris Johnson sure sounds ready to bomb Syria - All Donald Trump has to do is ask"
- "White House: 'Another chemical weapons attack' potentially planned by Syria's Assad"
- "US threats to Syria’s legitimate government unacceptable – Kremlin"