“Mr Johnson is Foreign Secretary, not a tuck shop prefect… “

Those whom the Gods seek to destroy, they first make mad… With the previous theme in mind, this from Alex Massie, on how the Boris clown act is turning to tragedy, for someone other than Boris, of course…

The Iranian regime is a deplorable one but the least a British citizen can expect from her foreign secretary is that, if she is arrested in Iran, that foreign secretary will not make her predicament worse. Saying, as Johnson did this afternoon that, ‘I am sorry if my words have been taken out of context and misconstrued’ cuts neither mustard nor ice. Mr Johnson is Foreign Secretary, not a tuck shop prefect. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State for International Development is revealed to be running a freelance foreign policy wholly without the knowledge of the Foreign Secretary or, of course, the Prime Minister. The stupidity of this is almost as breathtaking as its arrogance. Meetings are one thing; making policy suggestions to the Israeli prime minister quite another. 

Then, naturally, when the truth emerges it must be denied. Because, really, only nit-pickers care about the detail and the rest of us – which means the rest of you – can carry on as though nothing, least of all anything untoward, had happened at all. And so it is that Priti Patel remains a member of the cabinet. There is a certain logic to this. If there’s a shambles everywhere, why should an individual cabinet minister be expected to take one for the team and do the erstwhile decent thing? There is a kind of safety in collective ineptitude and collective shamelessness. 

  • Food First

    Their is something not quite right about the B B C s reporting about this story whilst agreeing the Iranian regeme is disgusting all B B C staff are being targeted over their coverage of Iranian news murky waters

  • Zorin001

    Tom Watson now saying he has seen reports that FCO officials WERE aware that Patel was in Israel and then asked Downing Street to remove references to the briefings she received from them.

    A fish rots from the head down, so does the Government apparently.

  • sparrow

    ‘Mr Johnson is Foreign Secretary, not a tuck shop prefect.’
    The post is way beyond the capabilities of a man who should be wearing clown shoes. He lacks the necessary skills and the willingness to acquire them. Totally out of his depth in that role, if you want my opinion. Same goes for Foreign Secretary.

  • Zorin001

    May knew it was better to keep him in the tent p**sing out, with Boris’ ego i’ve no doubt he would have only accepted one of the “Great Offices of State”. I’m guessing she thought that Foreign Secretary was best of the bunch (could you imagine him as Chancellor!) and would keep him out of the country for good stretches.

    That worked fine when he was only embarrassing himself, and to an extent the country (most foreign diplomats know to take him with a pinch of salt). However when he is dropping British citizens to a possible extra 5 years in jail the joke stops being funny.

    They say loose lips sink ships, in that case Johnson is the most successful British seaman since Nelson!

  • He handed several more years in prison to that lady through his own carelessness, and hasn’t resigned. Very poor.

  • the rich get richer

    Boris would be handy if you wanted to start a war . He is able to get peoples back up even unintentionally .

    Anyway its good to see him being exposed as the buffoon he is and totally unsuited to leadership .

    Theresa May has done a great job in reducing Boris to a non candidate as a leadership contender .

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Its hard to see who might be a successor to May. The one qualification her cabinet associates show in plenty is clearly competitive levels of incompetence. They may even need to draft in someone from Labour, like Jeremy perhaps……..

  • Zorin001

    I’ve seen arguments made for a Government of National Unity to get us through Brexit, it may not be the worst idea. It certainly worked well for Attlee the last time.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    I’d mentioned a Government of National Unity back before the DUP supply/ May circus had even finished their mutual insult fest disguised as negotiations. Way to go, if we want to avoid a desert resolution to the exit silliness. But hey, May has a coming career to construct in the big bad world of post- PM “I’m a billionaire” futures. We are only the launch pad, same as for the last five residents at no 10.

  • notimetoshine

    May’s choice of Boris for Foreign Secretary has confirmed for me the toxicity of party politics and political careerism.

    What with Brexit, a madman in the white house and a bearish Russia, the UK is facing the most challenging and sensitive period it has seen in its foreign policy for many years. A steady, stable set of hands is what is needed but who does May choose? Boris. Chosen solely for party political reasons, completely disregarding the needs of the country. May should be ashamed.

  • Reader

    Zorin001: (most foreign diplomats know to take him with a pinch of salt). Howeverwhen he is dropping British citizens to a possible extra 5 years in jail the joke stops being funny.
    So you reckon that at least the Iranians take him seriously?

  • Neiltoo

    I suspect that your cynicism might hide a lot of the good in the world from you?

  • Zorin001

    When it suits them.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Not that I’ve noticed. I find walking about with ones eyes open tends to encourage a habit of not falling into holes, or letting politicians do you over where it can be avoided.

    But perhaps I’m just cursed with a far closer acquaintance with “the great and the good” out there in the real world than most optimists seem to have.

    Just as a matter of interest, check out if any prime-minister of the past few decades entered office as a multi-millionaire, and then find out if any failed to achieve wealth after leaving office. You don’t think they do it out of altruism or anything, do you?

  • Barneyt

    I’d say that was her primary intention however if she faces a challenge, which is possible, I wouldn’t rule him out. That is in no way an endorsement of him either

  • William Kinmont

    if only for the purist megalomaniac

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Or the cold careerist who can’t approach making their millions in regular business.