Monty Python Character Appointed UK Foreign Minister

Monty Python Character Appointed UK Foreign Minister

British/American stand-up comedian, cricketer, and former London Lord Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (Boris Johnson) is now a minister in the cabinet of new UK PM Theresa May. What portfolio does one select for a politician who insulted nations, races, and leaders of governments all over the Continent and the world? Foreign Secretary, the nation’s chief diplomat

Le Monde views Mr. Johnson as “a Monty Python-style politician who appears to avoid taking things seriously,” but the Guardian says he’s no joke at all.

So how did Mr. Johnson do at his first press conference? A complete Horlicks (big mess).


“Boris Johnson: Britain’s Top Envoy Anything but Diplomatic,” AP via New York Times

“Boris Johnson an Undiplomatic Pick as Britain’s Top Diplomat,” Thomas Penny, Bloomberg News

“Boris Johnson is foreign secretary: The world reacts,’  BBC News

“Boris Johnson’s 12 most outrageous quotes about places, people and cultures as he becomes Britain’s Foreign Secretary,” The Mirror

“The Boris Johnson question: how the UK’s foreign secretary is viewed abroad,” Luke Harding, Philip Oltermann, Angelique Chrisafis, et al., The Guardian

“Boris Johnson ‘booed’ during his first speech as Foreign Secretary,” Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph


“London Celebrates The Monty Python Reunion By Putting A 50-Foot Dead Parrot In Potters Field Park,” Dan Solomon, Fast Co-Create


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