Boris Johnson gets revenge on Theresa May with ‘lederhosen’ dig

Written by David Singleton on 14 December 2016 in Diary
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But the foreign secretary only spoke out after obtaining permission from Number 10.

Boris Johnson has teased Theresa May over the so-called trousergate saga by joking that the prime minister wears "lederhosen".

After weeks of being ridiculed by May and Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary got his own back as he spoke at his festive reception for ambassadors.

"We are so cosmopolitan that we drink more champagne, more prosecco, buy more German cars than anyone else," he told guests at Lancaster House.

"And our wonderful Prime Minister actually wears lederhosen!"

Johnson was recently rebuked publicly by Number 10 for taking Iran and Saudi Arabia to task over the Yemeni civil war. But his latest comments come as Westminster is still reeling from an interview in the Sunday Times that featured May photographed in a pair of flared ‘bitter chocolate’ leather trousers that retail at £995.

After the photos emerged, May faced criticism from former education secretary Nicky Morgan, who said: "I don't think I've ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress."

The comment sparked a row between Morgan and May’s joint chief of staff Fiona Hill. Morgan is now said to be feeling bruised and has pulled out of a planned appearance on Have I Got News for You owing to "unforeseen circumstances". The former education secretary was due to appear on this Friday’s show, due to be hosted by Match of Day presenter Gary Lineker.

But speaking last night, Johnson made it clear that he did not expect to face the wrath of May’s enforcers. Rather, the foreign secretary suggested that he had received permission from Number 10 for the gag.

"They asked for no surprises in this speech, we cleared that one already."

Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary Sir Bernard Ingham has warned that Downing Street must change its approach to handling Johnson.

He said: "No 10 needs to learn how better to handle the blond bombshell. Mrs May - and certainly her apparatchiks – are acquiring an early reputation for slapping down wayward ministers when there are gentler ways of coping with their deviation from the straight and narrow."

Writing in the Yorkshire Post, he added: "The public does not like to see a government in an edgy state within itself. Intelligent people will always have their own ideas about how to do things and should be given some leeway provided they do not compromise the Government. No 10 needs to recognise that life is difficult enough without complicating it further by taking affront whenever someone nudges the party line."

The public does not like to see a government in an edgy state within itself. Intelligent people will always have their own ideas about how to do things and should be given some leeway provided they do not compromise the Government. No 10 needs to recognise that life is difficult enough without complicating it further by taking affront whenever someone nudges the party line.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/bernard-ingham-may-must-lear...
The public does not like to see a government in an edgy state within itself. Intelligent people will always have their own ideas about how to do things and should be given some leeway provided they do not compromise the Government. No 10 needs to recognise that life is difficult enough without complicating it further by taking affront whenever someone nudges the party line.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/bernard-ingham-may-must-lear...

 

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