Now he is out of the firing line after retiring in 2019, Sir Alan Duncan, he of the sweeping hairdo and withering put-down, has published his collected diaries under the unoriginal title of In the Thick of It: The Explosive Private Political Diaries of a Former Tory Minister.
Sir Alan was Johnson’s deputy at the Foreign office and saw up close what Boris is about, an “embarrassing buffoon”, “a clown, a self-centred ego, an embarrassing buffoon, with an untidy mind and sub-zero diplomatic judgment”. “He is an international stain on our reputation.”
Duncan also quotes business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng (above) as saying: “He says Boris doesn’t appreciate that diplomacy is not about having nice conversations with your friends; it’s about how you engage with those who are awkward,” he wrote.
In an entry made in September 2017, Duncan claimed that Johnson “despises” the former prime minister Theresa May and had accused her of disloyalty.
Duncan also claimed he had had a row with Johnson over a press report about diplomats treating him as an “international joke”.
Johnson is said to have asked: “Why don’t they take me seriously?” Duncan claims he replied: “Look in the f***ing mirror!”
Johnson is not the only politician to come under fire. Theresa May (above) is also criticised by Duncan for her apparent lack of personality on the campaign trail. He describes her as “a frightened rabbit, a cardboard cut-out, her social skills are sub-zero”.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, (pictured above) he dismisses as “a nothing person, a complete and utter nightmare, the Wicked Witch of Witham”.
As for the party’s other failed leader leader, dodgy Dave Cameron, he damns as being “glib”, and of making too many appointments from a “narrow” group of close associates.
The book is only in hardback at the moment so hang on for the remaindered/charity shop piles.
Filmed for a TV fly-on-the-wall documentary during the Tory party leadership election after Cameron’s Brexit humiliation, a cameraman asked Duncan if he had heard the news about Matthew Hancock. No what’s he done? He’s thrown his hat into the ring for the leadership, the cameraman replied. Duncan’s mouth dropped open in clear disbelief. Recovering, he said: “Does not he realise this is just for adults.”
Also take a look at Peter Oborne’s book of Boris’s collected lies: The Assault on Truth
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