He is meant to be Britain’s chief diplomat, yet his attention-seeking behaviour is offending people abroad and at home – while a rival is stealing his shtick
It’s hard to know for sure if Boris Johnson actively wants to get sacked – but he’s doing a pretty good impersonation of a man who does.
The foreign secretary’s latest offence was to tell a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference that the Libyan city of Sirte could prosper, eventually becoming the next Dubai: “The only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away,” he said, in that tone he reserves for a comic aside. Naturally, the remark elicited laughter. And so, once again, the morning news shows were talking about Johnson rather than the prime minister – even on the day of her big speech.
One colleague compares him to a jealous toddler trying to win back the gaze of the adults looking at his newborn brother