1996 Telegraph article:

“The unanimous opinion is that what has been called the ‘Tottymeter’ reading is higher than at any Labour Party conference in living memory…Time and again the ‘Tottymeter’ has gone off as a young woman delegate mounts the rostrum.”

2002 (in Telegraph column):

“What on Earth can Tony have said, to leave him, according to British press reports, about as pink and quivering as the freshly slapped rump of a Normandy milkmaid?”

2004 campaign trail speech:

“Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3”

2005: In his farewell piece as editor of The Spectator, Boris Johnson boasts of ‘patting a female colleague on the bottom‘.

February 2006 (in Spectator column):

“My morale was restored during a long stint of canvassing in the bars and nightclubs of Edinburgh, in which I was asked to sign the chests of girls with a magic marker.”

November 2006 (in Telegraph column):

“Every week there is some new tale of what a saucy French mistress is deemed to have done with her adolescent charges behind the bicycle sheds; and, disgraceful though these episodes may be, I don’t hear anyone saying that children should be shielded from adult women.”

2007 (speaking about Hillary Clinton):

“She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”

May 2007: writing in The Spectator, Boris Johnson blames women for pushing up house prices:

“The colossal expansion in the numbers of female graduates is in many ways a marvellous thing; but it has boosted the well- documented process of assortative mating, by which middle-class graduates marry middle-class graduates and thereby entrench their economic advantages, pooling their graduate incomes to push up house prices and increase the barriers to entry for the rest.”

2012: Boris Johnson is reprimanded by London assembly member Jennette Arnold for his “disrespectful, patronising way at meetings” towards female assembly members.

June 2012: Speaking in an interview, Boris Johnson states:

“We seek cities because there are a greater range of girls at the bar, of reproductive choice.”

July 2012: Boris Johnson writes about the London 2012 Olympics:

“As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto…They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers.”

2013: Boris Johnson, appearing alongside the Malaysian Prime Minister at the World Islamic Economic Forum, suggests that more and more women were going to university in Malaysia because “They’ve got to find men to marry“.

June 2015: Boris Johnson wades into the middle of a scandal with remarks about why women cry more than men:

“Men are said to have differently shaped tear ducts, for instance, and can therefore retain the tears for longer before they splash down the cheek.”

March 2018: Boris Johnson is reprimanded by the Speaker after referring to Emily Thornberry as “Lady Nugee” (Sir Christopher Nugee is her husband, but she goes by her maiden name)


Read more: Boris Johnson’s history of racism, sexism, homophobia, and lying.


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Edwin Hayward

Writing a book about driverless cars. Ready to welcome our robot overlords on Singularity day. 48%er. Would much rather be talking about tech, but... Brexit!

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