by Graham Pierrepoint
'Sniping' jokes at the expense of Boris Johnson should stop as they could undermine his position as Foreign Secretary --
He’s arguably one of the British government’s most enduring personalities – one that has drawn criticism and humor alike – and Boris Johnson has managed to grab headlines this year for a whole host of new reasons as he led the ‘leave’ campaign that eventually saw the UK choose to leave the European Union. During this time, it also became apparent that Johnson would not pursue succeeding David Cameron as Prime Minister – despite widespread assumption that he would. Johnson’s presence in the media has largely been one of humor – he arguably came to public presence via TV panel show Have I Got News For You before being elected as Mayor of London.
Further to this, some members of the Conservative Party view Johnson as something of a ‘joke’ figure – his appointment to Foreign Secretary by current Prime Minister Theresa May has drawn derision from a number of his peers and contemporaries as well as his critics – and, as he goes, he often finds himself in a number of photo opportunities that have drawn humor from those in the UK media. However, according to one MP, it is high time that the jokes at Johnson’s expense should stop.
Conservative MP Jake Berry has spoken out this past week against jokes made against the former London Mayor, claiming that his critics are effectively ‘sniping’ and that they could be undermining his position as Foreign Secretary – certainly, as discussed, it’s a role that has earned him divisive comments in the media and public eye – but Berry feels that other members of his own party may be undoing important work that he is undertaking in Europe ahead of Brexit. Certainly, Johnson has been put to task after spearheading the ‘leave’ campaign – along with Liam Fox and David Davis, who have been assembled by May to prepare for the UK’s exit in a few years’ time.
Brexit is going to be no mean feat – and the government arguably knows this – and perhaps it is time for us to rein in the Johnson jokes in attempt to let him carry out the work he needs to carry out. However, as others have been keen to point out, the Foreign Secretary often manages to find amusing opportunities all on his own – and his perhaps muted return to frontline politics this year are symbolic of the momentous task he is helping to undertake.