'International joke' Boris Johnson savaged by everyone except Theresa May

Written by Dods staff on 29 August 2017 in Diary

The PM's spokesman said that Johnson was doing a 'good' job.

Tory MPs, civil servants, EU diplomats and White House officials have all run out of patience with Boris Johnson, according to a scathing column by The Times’ Rachel Sylvester which has been devoured across Westminster.

A Whitehall source told Sylvester. "He’s got no concentration span so it’s difficult to have a detailed discussion with him. The whole thing is completely ramshackle for someone who is supposed to be so clever. He doesn’t know what he thinks so he flies by the seat of his pants."

A Tory MP said: "He is undermining our ability to negotiate internationally and degrading our position abroad. The foreign secretary is supposed to enhance Britain’s reputation but all over the world Boris is making matters worse."

And it gets worse. According to diplomatic sources, even officials at the Trump White House "don’t want to go anywhere near Boris because they think he’s a joke".

Labour is scenting blood and The Guardian's Owen Jones has been quick to go for the kill. But for now, Number 10 is refusing to throw the foreign secretary overboard.

Asked about claims that UK intelligence agencies are a nervous about giving sensitive material to Johnson, the prime minister’s official spokesman said: "I’m not going to comment on a column in a newspaper. The prime minister meets the foreign secretary regularly. They have a good relationship."

The spokesperson was then asked the stock question for senior politicians facing turbulence: does the prime minister have full confidence in the secretary of state?

With anything less than an unequivocal yes known to be code for no, Number 10 stood by Johnson. Just.

"Yes... He’s doing a good job," said the spokesperson.




Photo: Press Association.

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