1997 (in Telegraph column, reprinted in 2003 book “Lend me your Ears”):

“Mandela never accepted the Swiss-style constitution [de Klerk]proposed; and last year, fed up with being marginalised, de Klerk quit the government. He must have known that this would happen, that the majority tyranny of apartheid would be followed by the majority tyranny of black rule.”

2001 (in book “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”, in reference to Keith Vaz:

“Vaz, said the papers, was part of the ‘Asian’ culture, in which it was thought quite normal, goodness gracious me, for portly, ghee-fed politicians to be in the pay of portly, ghee-fed businessmen. I hope you won’t think me perverse, but it struck me that he was hard done by. Tell me, all you who think he is as greasy as an onion bhaji, exactly what he is supposed to have done.”

2002 (in Telegraph newspaper column):

“It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies…They say [Tony Blair] is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.”

[NOTE: he eventually apologised for the comments in 2008.]

2002 Spectator article about Africa:

“The continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more…The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.”

2005 Spectator article:

“To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke”

July 2005 (in Telegraph article):

“The proposed ban on incitement to ‘religious hatred’ makes no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself; and that would be pretty absurd, when you consider that the Bill’s intention is to fight Islamophobia.”

August 2005 (in Telegraph article):

“As far as I could tell, history was being rewritten, for overtly political ends. I mean: Florence Nightingale we all knew. But this ‘Mary Seacole’, I whispered to the Islington mums around me, she’s just been invented, hasn’t she? It’s just political correctness, I said. They want to find a historic British role model for all those black nurses, don’t they? Hmmm?”

September 2005 (in Telegraph comment):

“China is becoming in our imaginations the fashionable new dread, the incubator of strange diseases, a vast polluted landscape of Victorian factories where coolies sit in expectorating rows, nourished on nothing but rice and the spleens of pangolins, producing whirling typhoons of cheap bras and lingerie that race across the seas and reduce the native industries of the West to matchwood.”

2006 (reported remarks from a fringe meeting):

“Supposing Tower Hamlets or Bradford were to become governed by religious zealots. Are we ready for complete local autonomy if it means imposing sharia law?”

March 2006 (column in The Telegraph):

“All around us, in our courts, in the oppressive liberty-destroying Bills being rushed through Parliament, we see the disasters of multiculturalism, the system by which too many Muslims have been allowed to grow up in this country with no sense of loyalty to its institutions, and with a sense of complete apartness.”

2006 newspaper column:

“For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing.”

2007 (in essay added to an earlier book):

“There must be something about Islam that indeed helps to explain why there was no rise of the bourgeoisie, no liberal capitalism and therefore no spread of democracy in the Muslim world. It is extraordinary to think that under the Roman/Byzantine empire, the city of Constantinople kept the candle of learning alight for a thousand years, and that under Ottoman rule, the first printing press was not seen in Istanbul until the middle of the nineteenth century. Something caused them to be literally centuries behind.”

2016: Boris Johnson wins competition organised by The Spectator (and £1,000) for an offensive poem about President Erdogan of Turkey, which includes a reference to having sex with animals.

There was a young fellow from Ankara
Who was a terrific wankerer
Till he sowed his wild oats
With the help of a goat
But he didn’t even stop to thankera.

May 2016 (writing in The Sun about Barack Obama and the “missing” bust of Winston Churchill in the White House):

“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”

October 2016: In a speech reflecting on his first 3 months as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson refers to Africa as “that country“.

September 2017: Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar was forced to interrupt Boris Johnson to stop him from completing the recitation of a colonial poem by Rudyard Kipling whilst they were visiting a famous Buddhist sight.

2018: Writing about Muslim women wearing burkas:

“I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”


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


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