There are hundreds of Boris Johnson quotes out there – some infamous, some outrageous, some divisive and some ridiculous.
He famously compared women wearing burqas to ‘letter boxes’ and claimed that Sirte in Libya would have great success as a luxury resort once they ‘cleared the dead bodies away’.
But did you know that Bo-Jo also once said Hilary Clinton was ‘like a sadistic nurse in a mental hopsital’? Or that he claimed he was more likely to be ‘reincarnated as an olive’ than become the PM? Or that he said women went to university because they ‘have got to find men to marry’?
Many Boris Johnson quotes have resurfaced since the former Foreign Secretary landed the role of Prime Minister earlier this year, and the majority of them will shock you.
Here are the most controversial Boris Johnson quotes…
Boris Johnson Quotes
‘Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.’ – On voting Conservative
‘For 10 years we in the Tory party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing.’ – On Papua New Guinea, 2006
‘She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.’ – Describing Hilary Clinton, 2007
‘Orientals… have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole.’ – From an article published in the Spectator when he was editor, 2008
‘[Female students went to university because they] have got to find men to marry.’ – Talking about women to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, 2013
‘If a constituent came to my MP’s surgery with her face obscured, I should feel fully entitled… to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly. If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto: those in authority should be allowed to converse openly with those that they are being asked to instruct.’ – Talking about muslim women, 2018
‘A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde. You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London.’ – On Scotland, 2012
‘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.’ – On Africa, 2002
‘You know, £60m I saw was being spaffed up a wall, you know, on some investigation into historic child abuse.’ – On child abuse investigations, 2019
‘it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.’ – On women wearing burqas, 2018
‘My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.’ – On becoming Prime Minister, 2016
‘I’m backing David Cameron’s campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest.’ – On the Conservative leadership contest, 2005
‘Despite looking a bit like Dobby the house-elf, he is a ruthless and manipulative tyrant.’ – On Putin, 2015
‘I don’t see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap dancing, and other related and vital subjects.’ – On television, 2002
‘I don’t know what a pint of milk costs. So what?’ – On buying groceries, 2013
‘I’m down with the ethnics.’ – On ethnic minorities, 2008
‘I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.’ – On using cocaine, 2005
‘It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger.’ – On smoking cannabis, 2007
‘Why don’t you f*** off and die?’ – To a taxi driver, 2015
‘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. What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. 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.’ – On the Commonwealth, 2002
‘If you can’t turn the clock back to 1904, what’s the point of being a Conservative?’ – On being a member of the Conservative party, 2016