“It’s not for me to invite comparisons with Winston Churchill,” a smiling Boris Johnson told a Brexit press conference today, “simply to remind you that the choice is yours to make”.
Johnson, a member of the actors union Equity, was announcing his resignation from the cabinet in protest at a plan he’d voted for the day before.
The former foreign secretary grew angry when he was again asked if Churchill would have avoided a controversial commons vote – as he had done over Heathrow expansion – because to have kept his word would have achieved ‘absolutely nothing’.
“Are you that fucker at The Guardian who called my Churchill book ‘a psychiatric document’?” Johnson demanded before regaining his cool.
He then denied he was simply waiting until November to become a soft Brexit convert because the Daily Mail’s incoming editor Geordie Grieg, is a known Remainer.
Johnson went on to claim his words had been ‘distorted by the media’ who had secretly recorded them and then played them back to him.
“That was very disappointing”, he added.