Boris Johnson appears to have perfected the art of triggering his Westminster colleagues. First with letterboxes, now suicide vests, the former Foreign Secretary has developed a particular knack for driving fellow Tory MPs round the bend with a simple turn of phrase.
This latest round of ‘outrage’ has seen a number of Conservative MPs condemn Johnson over his decision to compare Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating position to wearing a suicide vest. Particularly scandalised by the incident was a junior minister at the Foreign Office, also known as The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan. Sir Alan howled:
‘For Boris to say that the PM’s view is like that of a suicide bomber is too much. This marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics. I’m sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson. If it isn’t now, I will make sure it is later. #neverfittogovern’
Of course, Sir Alan ought to know a thing or two about sparking outrage with either a joke or controversial analogy. After all, this is a man who compared members of his own party with Taliban and, most recently, claimed the Brexit vote was a ‘tantrum’ by British working class.
Well, they do say it takes one to know one…