Tag Archives: Foreign Secretary

“Intellectually brilliant” Boris Johnson joins new “supertight” Brexit team

When Boris Johnson first became Foreign Secretary, the media jumped on him, trying to make the most of anything they saw as a “gaffe”.  That has now ended. Boris is a workaholic and a lightning quick study. He has been described as the most learned, gifted Foreign Secretary since Lord Curzon by journalist Peter Oborne. Continue reading

Boris answers questions in Parliament on Israel, the US, Brexit and other topics

The Foreign Secretary had his team with him, Tobias Ellwood,  Sir Alan Duncan and Alok Sharma, who also answered questions.   The answers to Boris’s questions are given here and the remaining answers are on the link to Hansard here. Zimbabwe.  Tobias Ellwood.

Israeli settlement goods.  Boris was asked about the Israeli ban on visitors who advocate a boycott on settlement goods. The Foreign Secretary said Israel’s immigration policy is a matter for Israel.  We are firmly against the boycott,  divestment and sanctions against Israel.  The FO has updated theit travel advice for Israel. Continue reading

Boris is being briefed by anti-settlement campaigners today in Israel

Boris Johnson is in Israel right now, being briefed on the views of anti-settlement campaigners. The Foreign Secretary insists on assessing all sides of any problem in depth.  He is to be commended for his thoroughness. This type of briefing for Foreign Ministers is extremely rare on an official visit.From there, Foreign Secretary Johnson will go to Ramallah, for meetings there, and in the afternoon return to Jerusalem for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset.

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Boris Johnson grabs the ear of the Russian bear

The  suffering in Syria and the Ukraine is still so terrible,  a face to face exchange of views has been judged the best way to progress the situation. Foreign Secretary borischurchill3Boris Johnson will therefore be taking up FM Lavrov’s invitation to visit Russia. No Foreign Secretary has visited Russia for five years, but this visit will certainly not be a resumption of the status quo. Boris had only been Foreign Secretary for a couple of months when he was thrown in at the deep end over Syria.  Continue reading

Reasons to be cheerful. Boris Johnson’s sparkling speech to BCCC

On Tuesday the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a speech to the British Chamber of Commerce Conference in his well known  enthusiastic and witty style.   It was extremely well received.  An anti-Brexit campaign has sprung up that is turning out to be most unpleasant.  Without mentioning names, Boris made short shrift of these people.  boriseu20Boris began:  “Good afternoon everybody, it is absolutely fantastic to be here in front of an audience of people who are dynamic, energetic, can do, and actually get out there make and sell things. Because sometimes I get a bit impatient when I hear people droning and moaning about the state of the world, and I hear them warn that the sky is about to fall on our heads, and I feel like saying come off it sunshine. Continue reading

Boris Johnson on why our troops gave their lives in Afghanistan

Boris Johnson makes fun of Blair, the man with the CV from hell

Boris makes fun of disgraced politician Tony Blair, above.    As Foreign Secretary, Boris is still clearing up the mess left by the Bush/Blair war in Iraq.   Blair allegedly lied to Parliament over WMD and killed a generation of Muslims, men, women and children. Continue reading