Boris Johnson’s Kipper stunt backfires
In the last hustings for the Tory Party leadership on Wednesday, Boris Johnson won the hearts and minds of the Conservative membership by flourishing a kipper and explaining the ludicrous European rules that handcuffed the fisherman who caught it.
Of course props are always a great way to catch an audience’s attention, especially if it feeds into a story about the EU being ridiculous and was a PR masterpiece - if true!
Today, it was revealed that rather than sending fish in the post with accompanying ice being a dictat from Brussels, it was actually a UK regulation enforced by the British Food Standards agency.
It seems that once again, Boris Johnson has at worst lied for dramatic effect or at best, is surrounded by inept and ill-informed staff, focused on dramatic effect rather than content.
There have been numerous documentaries in the past week, which have highlighted Mr Johnson’s ability to bend the truth, whether in his role as journalist or cabinet minister and it seems that this is another indication of the awkward relationship the man has with the facts.
Whether this most recent faux-pas will deter tories from voting for him is unclear, and many have already cast their vote, but the bookies still have him way ahead of his rival Jeremy Hunt.
Many pundits are suggesting that Boris is so short on content and so full of filibuster at a time of constitutional chaos, that if he does manage to make it through the door of Number 10, it could well be one of the shortest premierships in UK history.
The country is certainly in need of a laugh at the moment, but perhaps finding the PM little more than a buffoon, is not the sort of remedy that is required.
@BBCChrisMorris says rules about transporting kippers, which the Tory leadership candidate said come from the EU, are actually written in the UK
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