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Boris Johnson a liar with his back against the wall, French counterpart says

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Whether or not you agree that Boris Johnson is a lying toe rag, it is certainly a problem that you would put such a prominent person in charge of foreign affairs where that person has been shown to have some degree of antagonism with the people he is bound to work with.

To be honest, my belief is that Boris poisoned his chalice during the whole referendum. Some of his comments including certain comparisons between the EU and certain past political movements in the previous century are bound to have wound up the various foreign representatives in other countries and while he could apologise endlessly, I doubt that he would ever be completely trusted. In this respect alone I believe that Theresa May needs to think this through again.

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Boris Johnson is not prime minister but he is probably one of the world's best known politicians. Theresa May probably recognised that she needed him close, not outside causing trouble.

I suspect that he will probably avoid provocation and the comments that have previously got him into trouble. He had made some comments in the past which are satirically witty (Hillary Clinton as a sadistic nurse at a mental institution) to downright offensive ("watermelon smiles").

He may not be able to resist provoking preening humourless politicians from across the world, and hell, there are plenty of them.

While he is in the job, things will be entertaining.

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At least Boris has a bit of humour about him, not like the 99% of grey suits with their heads up their derrières !

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@Ah_so

Boris Johnson is not prime minister but he is probably one of the world's best known politicians. Theresa May probably recognised that she needed him close, not outside causing trouble.

If that's true then it would have been better to stick him in a post that would actually keep him close. The job of Foreign Secretary is one of the most politically sensitive after the Prime Minister. If this was really her motive, I'd expect Boris to be put somewhere where has some experience, say Transport or Local Government.

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