This morning, many politicians will be waking up with a sore head following a well-hydrated night at the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards. While the event proved to be a rather lively affair thanks to some choice words from both Theresa May and George Osborne, it’s Boris Johnson who may be wishing he could give his speech a second try.
On accepting the award for comeback of the year — and speaking of his hope to last longer than Michael Heseltine’s Alsatian did — the Foreign secretary spoke of his vision for Brexit Britain. Unfortunately his turn of phrasing failed to inspire many in the audience as he promised to make a ‘Titanic success’ of Brexit:
‘Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a Titanic… Titanic success of it.’
Johnson was subsequently heckled with cries of ‘it sank!’ — but went on to insist it will be a ‘colossal’ success. Mr S understands he had been aiming to make a classicist’s reference about titantic success before his speech sank.