Boris Johnson (Politician)

#44171 Boris Johnson

Unlike the current occupant of the White House, he has no difficulty in orally extemporising a series of grammatical English sentences, each containing a main verb. .

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#44172 Boris Johnson

Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase… Indeed, high Chinese culture and art are almost all imitative of western forms: Chinese concert pianists are technically brilliant, but brilliant at Schubert and Rachmaninov. Chinese ballerinas dance to the scores of Diaghilev. The number of Chinese Nobel prizes won on home turf is zero, although there are of course legions of bright Chinese trying to escape to Stanford and Caltech… It is hard to think of a single Chinese sport at the Olympics, compared with umpteen invented by Britain, including ping-pong, I’ll have you know, which originated at upper-class dinner tables and was first called whiff-whaff. The Chinese have a script so fiendishly complicated that they cannot produce a proper keyboard for it. .

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#44173 Boris Johnson

The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more... Consider Uganda, pearl of Africa, as an example of the British record. ... the British planted coffee and cotton and tobacco, and they were broadly right... If left to their own devices, the natives would rely on nothing but the instant carbohydrate gratification of the plantain. You never saw a place so abounding in bananas: great green barrel-sized bunches, off to be turned into matooke. Though this dish (basically fried banana) was greatly relished by Idi Amin, the colonists correctly saw that the export market was limited... The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty. .

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#44174 Boris Johnson

It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving picaninnies; and one can imagine that Blair, twice victor abroad but enmired at home, is similarly seduced by foreign politeness. They say he is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in Watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird. .

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#44175 Boris Johnson

The proposed ban on incitement to “religious hatred” makes no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself; and that would be pretty absurd, when you consider that the Bill's intention is to fight Islamophobia. .

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#44176 Boris Johnson

Ok, I said to myself as I sighted the bird down the end of the gun. This time, my fine feathered friend, there is no escape. .

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#44177 Boris Johnson

Not even Mr Blair has been able to erode the unions conviction that we all have a “right” to a minimum wage… Both the minimum wage and the Social Charter would palpably destroy jobs. .

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#44178 Boris Johnson

Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it. .

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#44179 Boris Johnson

Not only did I want Bush to win, but we threw the entire weight of The Spectator behind him. .

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#44180 Boris Johnson

That is the best case for Bush; that, among other things, he liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me. .

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#44181 Boris Johnson

Dark forces dragged me away from the keyboard, swirling forces of irresistible intensity and power. .

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#44182 Boris Johnson

Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix, and stay conscious. .

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#44183 Boris Johnson

But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic. .

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#44184 Boris Johnson

I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around. .

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#44185 Boris Johnson

I'm having Sunday lunch with my family. I'm vigorously campaigning, inculcating my children in the benefits of a Tory government. .

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#44186 Boris Johnson

Howard is a dynamic performer on many levels. There you are. He sent me to Liverpool. Marvellous place. Howard was the most effective Home Secretary since Peel. Hang on, was Peel Home Secretary? .

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#44187 Boris Johnson

What we hate, what we fear, is being ignored. .

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#44188 Boris Johnson

Yes, cannabis is dangerous, but no more than other perfectly legal drugs. It's time for a rethink, and the Tory party - the funkiest, most jiving party on Earth - is where it's happening. .

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#44189 Boris Johnson

I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap dancing, and other related and vital subjects. .

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#44190 Boris Johnson

We are confident in our story and will be fighting this all the way. I am very sorry that Alastair Campbell has taken this decision but I can see that he got his tits in the wringer. .

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#44191 Boris Johnson

Nor do I propose to defend the right to talk on a mobile while driving a car, though I don't believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving - nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on. .

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#44192 Boris Johnson

I forgot that to rely on a train, in Blair's Britain, is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil. .

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#44193 Boris Johnson

I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis. .

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#44194 Boris Johnson

The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP, they have run out of better ideas. .

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#44195 Boris Johnson

Theare not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition. .

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#44196 Boris Johnson

Any seat would be mad not to take him. He's a terrific chap. .

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#44197 Boris Johnson

It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailingis like trying to pin jelly to a wall. .

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#44198 Boris Johnson

As snow-jobs go, this beats the Himalayas. .

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#44199 Boris Johnson

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. .

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#44200 Boris Johnson

If Amsterdam or Leningrad vie for the title of Venice of the North, then Venice - what compliment is high enough? Venice, with all her civilisation and ancient beauty, Venice with her addiction to curious aquatic means of transport, yes, my friends, Venice is the Henley of the South. .

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#44201 Boris Johnson

He's lost the plot, people tell me. He's drifting rudderless in the wide Sargasso Sea of New Labour's ideological vacuum. .

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#44202 Boris Johnson

Look the point is ... er, what is the point? It is a tough job but somebody has got to do it. .

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#44203 Boris Johnson

It was a stellar performance. I may as well give up now and make way for an older man. .

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#44204 Boris Johnson

There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge. .

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#44205 Boris Johnson

My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive. .

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#44206 Boris Johnson

I didn't see it, but it sounds barbaric. It's become like cock-fighting: poor dumb brutes being set upon each other by conniving television producers. .

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#44207 Boris Johnson

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. .

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#44208 Boris Johnson

I advise you all very strongly - go for a run, get some exercise, and have a beautiful day. .

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#44209 Boris Johnson

Tremendous, little short of superb. On cracking form. .

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#44210 Boris Johnson

Nothing excites compassion, in friend and foe alike, as much as the sight of you ker-splonked on the Tarmac with your propeller buried six feet under. .

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#44211 Boris Johnson

My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. .

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#44212 Boris Johnson

I can't remember what my line on drugs is. What's my line on drugs? .

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#44213 Boris Johnson

Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3. .

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#44214 Boris Johnson

Old Man Howard, that Old Man Howard, he just keeps rolling, just keeps rolling. .

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#44215 Boris Johnson

I’m very attracted to it. I may be diverting from Tory party policy here, but I don’t care. .

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#44216 Boris Johnson

Life isn’t like coursework, baby. It’s one damn essay crisis after another. .

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#44217 Boris Johnson

I'm backing 's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest. .

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#44218 Boris Johnson

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. .

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#44219 Boris Johnson

I'm a rugby player, really, and I knew I was going to get to him, and when he was about two yards away I just put my head down. There was no malice. I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move in soccer. .

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#44220 Boris Johnson

Look, I wouldn't trust Harriet Harman's political judgement. .

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