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Samizdata quote of the day

“She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”

– British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, talking about Hillary Clinton back in 2007

This is going to be so good 😀

22 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Lee Moore

    It’s quite fun that Boris’s old article commenting on a Presidential candidate, from ten years before he became Foreign Secretary, is super shocking and indicative of his unfitness for office; while Justice Ginsberg’s rude remarks about another Presidential candidate in this year’s election, made by an actual Supreme Court judge while in office, are mildly eyebrow raising.

    It’s almost as if there’s a different standard.

  • Laird

    One would have thought that Hillary was the template for Nurse Ratched, except that Ken Keysey’s novel was written in 1962. Perhaps she’s merely an illustration of the adage that life follows art.

  • tomo

    There is absolutely no truth in the rumor that Hilary has UK ex Foreign Secretary David Miliband on her team

  • I think of HC as Stalin in a skirt.

  • Thailover

    Nurse Ratched
    It seems that Laird beat me to the punch. Great minds think alike.

  • Thailover

    BTW, there is such a thing as playing a role too well. To this day, I can’t stand Louise Fletcher, though I understand she’s actually a sweet lady. She was taken aback in the movie premere in ’74 when the audience stood up and cheered the strangling scene. Both she and Nicholson won their first Oscars.

  • I think BoJo was being unfair to sadistic nurses.

  • David

    While I cannot see it effecting me in anyway down here in Oz I think that making Boris the Foreign Secretary is a master stroke. There are lots of people out there who need offending because, like Shrillary Clinton, they are just downright obnoxious and need to be told so.

    Go Boris.

  • …is super shocking and indicative of his unfitness for office

    Wut? I see it as super delightful and indicative that he might well prove to be the greatest foreign secretary in British history! The only possible better candidate would be Prince Philip! 😀

  • Alisa

    Nurse Ratched? If only 🙁

  • TomJ

    BoJo has given public support to the idea of free movement between .uk and .au so it might eventually affect those down in Oz…

  • Watchman

    He can always reassure her that he has not actually suggested she has carnal knowledge of caprine animals. Yet…

  • Edward Henning

    It would be interesting to see Boris and Prince Philip on foreign tours together. Their combined comments would be much more than the sum of their parts…

  • Frederick Davies

    The really funny part of this whole “Boris said…” thing is that no one has actually said he was mistaken, only that it was impolitic to say so.


  • Andrew Duffin

    That’s nothing to what he said about the President of Turkey.

  • Cal

    What he said about the President of Turkey wasn’t meant to be literally true, was it? It was a satiric poem challenging him on his (successful) attempts at censorship.

    Sure Boris is in some ways not the most natural choice of diplomat, but I’d rather have him representing us than some phony who pretends to be serious, and who is really not on your country’s side, like John Kerry.

  • Fraser Orr

    > That’s nothing to what he said about the President of Turkey.

    Made me look it up — to save you all the time here it is:

    There was a young fellow from Ankara,
    Who was a terrific wankerer.
    Till he sowed his wild oats,
    With the help of a goat,
    But he didn’t even stop to thankera

    For my part I think it is quite a delightful celebration of free speech.

    Surely the only offense here is to the English language? Oh, and too facts too, since I believe he is actually from Istanbul.

  • endivior

    Some old git from some dump by the Bosphorus
    found satirists made him quite phosphorous.
    Said Frau Merkel “Fine – sue!
    Since we’re in the EU,
    No free speech will be scarcely a loss for us!”

    …Nah. Think I prefer Boris’s.

  • Fraser Orr

    Excellent. I particularly love the rhyme of Bosporus and phosphorus.

  • I admired the rhyming – and the way the poem moves from Erdogan to Merkel (there again, I would, wouldn’t I).

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker!) Gray

    TomJ, thank you, but we already have enough clowns of our own. We might even try to export one to look good as the Sec-Gen of the Yoo-En!

  • Mr Ed

    Hillary and Bill went to dinner at the White House, and both burped loudly, then said ‘Pardon me‘, Barack said ‘I do‘, saving their blushes.