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Foot in Mouth awards 2019

Boris Johnson

"Can you make a promise to the British public that you will not go back to Brussels and ask for another delay to Brexit?"

"Yes, I can. I'd rather be dead in a ditch"

And yet, as with so many things this year’s Foot in Mouth winner has said, it was almost immediately contradicted. Boris went back to Brussels – as everyone knew he was obliged to do – and asked for another delay to Brexit. Language, clarity, honesty: these are not thing the Prime Minister seems too worried about. The things he says, we are reminded, are not to be taken seriously.

As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has a responsibility to be serious. Most politicians are selective with the truth, and many regularly dodge questions. But clarity and seriousness are the least we should expect from the leader of our country. Sadly, he seems as happy as ever to put his foot in his mouth, regardless of the consequences. As such, we’re delighted to crown Boris Johnson an unprecedented third time winner of this award.

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