News World Not earning more money: UK PM hopeful Johnson talks about sacrifice

Not earning more money: UK PM hopeful Johnson talks about sacrifice

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, stumbled on Friday when asked if he had ever set his own self-interest aside in his career, saying he had sacrificed a bigger wage and finishing a book on Shakespeare.

At a hustings event to try to win over members of the governing Conservative Party, who will ultimately choose the new prime minister later this month, Johnson was caught off guard when an interviewer asked him to detail when he had set aside his “own self-interest for the good of the country”.

“It’s a good question, and obviously it’s embarrassing but true, that it is obviously possible … to make more money by not being a full-time politician,” he told an audience in northeastern England which greeted his comments with muted laughter.

After a pause, he went on to say: “And … being a full-time politician means I won’t be able, for instance, to rapidly complete a book on Shakespeare that I have in preparation.”

Johnson, a former London mayor who is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the leadership contest against his rival, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, has been carefully managed by his team to limit his tendency to go off-script.

So far, well documented gaffes that marked his tenure as British foreign minister have been limited, and even his comments about earning more and finishing his book did little to dampen his support.

“Boris is a leader, Jeremy is a doer,” Conservative member John Pollock said. “Boris doesn’t need to know the detail as long he gets the right people to do their jobs.”

The winner of the contest will be announced on July 23.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

UPDATE- Twenty-five new coronavirus cases today out of 2,950 tests total

According to an update the Ministry's Epidemiological Surveillance Unit has received it is announced that 10 additional new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were...

Bag snatcher caught red handed thanks to observant woman

A 22-year-old foreigner was arrested on Friday for snatching the bag of a 63-year-old foreign woman in a restaurant in Paphos. The theft was...

Fire in two adjacent houses in Fterikoudi under control (photos)

A fire broke out in two adjacent houses in Fterikoudi village in Nicosia a little before 2 pm on Saturday causing extensive damage. According to...

Man, 26, arrested for causing malicious damage to antennas

Police arrested a 26-year-old man on Saturday afternoon in connection with cases of attempted arson and causing malicious damage to antennas of mobile phone...

Fifteen new coronavirus cases detected out of 2,891 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 15 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

Taste

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Ravioli

Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...