Boris’ Best Bits


19th June 1964, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born in New York City. 50 years on, Boris is one of the most popular comical politicians to have ever graced Great Britain.

To celebrate the Mayor of London’s 50th Birthday, I’ve looked at the best, worst, funniest, and most outrageous moments of his political career.

1) Offering to be Jeremy Paxman’s Campaign Manager


Back in 2011, Paxman probed Boris on whether he’d run for Parliament. Boris responded by offering to be Paxman’s campaign manager after David Cameron retires. Boris also said the difference between him and Cameron was “I’m older, I’m heavier . . . I beat him at tennis the other day.” He also said he felt academically superior to the Prime Minster, as Boris studied Classics, and “Dave” only studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (and got a First from Oxford…).

2) Posing with a ‘big blue cock’

Via Art History News
Via Art History News

Last summer, Boris erected a big blue cock on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square. I think it’s the biggest Tory Bird around.

3) Baby-making Olympic Closing Speech

Boris’ closing speech at the 2012 London Olympics was awesome, especially this cheeky remark:”And speaking as a spectator, you produced such paroxysms of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain that you probably not only inspired a generation but helped to create one as well.

4) Boris’ Dad stating Boris’ popularity was due to his hair

Okay, not technically a Boris moment – but still a brilliant Johnsonism. When Boris was reelected in 2012, his Dad had a brilliant theory to how a Tory could do so well in London.

Look at those luscious locks
Look at those luscious locks

5) Not knowing the price of a pint of milk.

Boris vs Paxo never fails to disappoint.

6) Kissing Baby George

No not the Prince, but this saltwater crocodile.

Boris and Baby George

Boris didn’t forget to reference the royal family though, chirping in “I think the royal family should definitely do that, meet George before he gets turned into a handbag.”

7) Posing as Ringo Star on a trip to Beijing

'Drumming trade for London'
‘Drumming trade for London’

8) This bold running attire 

 Picture by GLENN COPUS ©


9) Busking with Newton Faulkner

Battle for the best hair in London?

10) Taking Arnold Schwarzenegger on a Boris Bike ride

I'll be bike
I’ll be bike

11) The most articulate Question Time performance of all time

Vacuity? Inanition? Shogging? Emetic? Invidious?

12) His appearance on Top Gear


Put Boris in room with someone called Jeremy and you’re guaranteed comedy gold.

13) His views on our friendly Varsity rivals Portsmouth (the City, not University)

“Too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs.

Boris on Pompey


14) His policy on cake

My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.

Boris Cupcakes made during the Olympics
Boris Cupcakes made during the Olympics


15) His realistic view on voting Tory

“Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.”

A scientific evaluation
A scientific evaluation



16) His view of Blair

“It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall.”

and Bush

 “The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy.


17) His methods for attracting foreign students to study in the UK


Come to England, and date Harry Potter


Should I tell him?
Should I tell him?

18) Last, but not least, getting stuck on the zip wire.



Happy Birthday Boris!




Editor 2015-16. Politics Editor 2014-15. Third year Politics and Economics student, I've written for every section but primarily write politics, opinion and news pieces. I also write for The Edge, Kettle Mag, The National Student, The Student Times and the Independent and do lots of work with Surge Radio.

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