Boris Johnson

What Does He Actually Think?

Boris Johnson on

Black People

Pickaninny is a North American historical racial slur which refers to a dark-skinned child of African descent.

While in Uganda Johnson said ‘Right, let’s go and look at some more piccaninnies.’ – Reported speaking to Swedish Unicef workers and their black driver during a trip to Uganda in 2003

His 2002 Telegraph column included racist insults against black people, citing “regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies” in the Commonwealth and referring to “the tribal warriors… [who] all break out in watermelon smiles”.

Gay People

Boris Johnson has a long history of homophobic remarks.

“We don’t want our children being taught some rubbish about homosexual marriage being the same as normal marriage.”

“Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.”

“If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.”


Boris Johnson compared women in burqas to “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” in his Daily Telegraph column. The comments were followed by the biggest spike in anti-Muslim hatred in 2018 with monitoring group Tell Mama reporting that Islamophobic incidents rose 375%

In 2005 the former Foreign Secretary wrote that Islamophobia was a “natural reaction” to Islam.

In 2005, Johnson wrote in the Spectator that “the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem.”


Writing his farewell piece for the Spectator, Johnson advised his successor to “just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way”, a reference to the Spectator’s publisher Kimberly Quinn.

While campaigning to become the Tory MP for Henley (2005) in the general election, Johnson told supporters that “voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts”.

In 2012, Johnson told of the “magnificent” experience of watching “semi-naked women playing beach volleyball glistening like wet otters.”

In 2013, Johnson suggested that Malaysian students who were women attended university to find “men to marry.”

Welfare & Benefits

Boris Johnson has almost always voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

Boris Johnson has almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.

Boris Johnson voted for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants required to participate in activities intended to increase their chances of obtaining work.

Boris Johnson voted in favour of proposed spending cuts and changes to the welfare system and in favour of spending on new nuclear weapons.


An inquiry into Boris Johnson has been launched after it was reported that Johnson’s friend Jennifer Arcuri was awarded £126,000 in public money and given favourable treatment during his time as mayor of London.

Arcuri, despite failing to meet the criteria for overseas trade missions accompanied Johnson.

In addition, £10,000 in sponsorship was awared to Arcuri for a series of networking summits that reportedly came from an organisation that Boris Johnson himself was responsible for as the mayor of London in 2013.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is examining documents and emails handed over by London & Partners  that relate to the sponsorship for Arcuri’s company and her places on trade trips, before it makes its decision about whether to investigate Johnson.

Boris' Voting Record

  • Consistently voted for the Iraq war
  • Generally voted against a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK
  • Consistently voted against the hunting ban
  • Almost always voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • Consistently voted against higher taxes on banks
  • Generally voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity
  • Generally voted for reducing capital gains tax
  • Almost always voted against measures to prevent climate change
  • Consistently voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities