BORIS Johnson danced with Peruvian school kids in a remote Amazon rainforest village yesterday as he kicked-off his five-day tour of South America. He also came face-to-face with a spider monkey and fed a manatee – also called a sea cow – at an Amazon animal rescue centre set up as part of a crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade. He was taken on a tour around the Peruvian Amazon by the country’s President - Martin Vizcarra. The Foreign Secretary launched a new solar-panel project at the Santa Marta school near to the Peruvian port city of Iquitos. The scheme - paid for by British foreign aid money – will provide electricity and portable water for the school. Afterwards Mr Johnson chatted with pupils about their favourite subjects, the up-coming World Cup and their favourite food – and was then dragged out for a dance in front of about 200 people. The Foreign Secretary – leader of the Brexit campaign - also held trade talks with Peru’s … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s embarrassing dad dancing as he shimmies with school kids in the Amazon rainforest
By Alan McGuinness, political reporter Boris Johnson met David Cameron on the eve of a key Brexit summit, with the pair agreeing Theresa May's vision for Britain's future relationship with the EU was "the worst of both worlds". A source has confirmed to Sky News that the foreign secretary and former PM - who were on opposite sides of the Brexit referendum campaign - held talks.More follows... … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson and David Cameron meet ahead of Theresa May’s Brexit showdown
Some MPs believe Boris Johnson can think himself lucky he had already resigned from the cabinet over his opposition to Theresa May’s Chequers deal on Brexit. They claim that even for the accident-prone former foreign secretary, who has been regularly causing offence with insensitive and offensive comments for nearly 20 years, his burka blunder was a gaffe too far.And this time, those MPs argue, the prime minister - now tired of his relentless disloyalty - might have done what critics who have no time for Mr Johnson believe she should have done a long time ago: sacked him.To be fair, speaking in Edinburgh, the PM was pretty firm in her support for her Tory chairman Brandon Lewis who earlier called on Mr Johnson to apologise for his "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" comments.Interviewed by Sky's James Matthews, the prime minister agreed that Mr Johnson's remarks were offensive and said people should have the right to practise their religion and women should be able to choose how … [Read more...] about Was burka blunder a gaffe too far for accident-prone Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson has been defended by comedian Rowan Atkinson following his recent comments about burkas. The actor, best known for playing Mr Bean and Blackadder, described the remarks as funny.The former foreign secretary has also won the support of ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell, who called the comments "colourful" but not against the law.The Conservative Party have decided Mr Johnson should be investigated by an independent panel following complaints his comments breached the Tories' code of conduct.The Uxbridge MP compared women who wear the burka to "bank robbers" and questioned why they would "go around looking like letter boxes".:: Johnson's burka remarks 'will encourage bigotry'Atkinson wrote to The Times, saying: "As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson's joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one."All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them."You … [Read more...] about Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka ‘joke’
A call for Boris Johnson to be expelled from the Tory Party was made by a leading Conservative Muslim as the burka storm grew today. Conservative peer Lord Sheikh said Theresa May should take “severe action” after the former Foreign Secretary insulted Muslim women by saying wearing the burka made them look like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. “The Party must take action,” said the peer who founded the Conservative Muslim Forum. “I don’t think an apology is enough. “Take the whip from him. Why not? He’s not a super human being, he’s a member of the party.” Pressure on the Uxbridge MP to apologise grew as more senior party figures weighed in. Former party chairman Lord Pickles said his remarks were “crass”. Cabinet Minister Jeremy Wright said such comments were not “helpful”. Conservative Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said his comments are "alienating a … [Read more...] about Burka storm: pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to apologise