July 14, 2016

Entropy update: Boris Johnson appointed British foreign secretary

DW, Germany

More often reported for his undiplomatic gaffes than his politics, Boris Johnson has been appointed as the UK's new foreign secretary.

Since being appointed mayor of London in 2008, the former journalist has quickly made a name for himself as a controversial figure on the UK's political stage, more often than not to mocking from the press as well as fellow politicians both home and abroad.

In April, Johnson came under massive criticism when he recounted the story of a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill being removed from the White House to be sent to the British Embassy.

In his column for British tabloid "The Sun," Johnson said the decision was "a symbol of the part-Kenyan President's ancestral dislike of the British Empire."

US Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton was also the target of Johnson's column for "The Telegraph" in 2007 in which he ridiculed the US Secretary of State's appearance.

"She's got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital," Johnson wrote.

More recently in May, Johnson won a £1,000-prize for penning a rude poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he referred to the Turkish prime minister as a "wankerer." The competition was launched after Erdogan filed a lawsuit against German comedian Jan B√∂hmermann, who broadcast a similar poem which accused the Turkish leader of watching child porn and having sex with a goat.

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