Boris Johnson’s brother has been left squirming after a BBC Question Time audience blasted the Foreign Secretary’s ‘racism’.
Jo Johnson – who is also a Tory minister – faced the verbal attack from an attendee of the flagship debate show in Liverpool.
“Boris Johnson the current Foreign Secretary has actually been racist on record many times,” the man declared.
“Genuinely. It’s terrible,” he added – claiming Mr Johnson’s comments were glossed over by the media.
Jo Johnson shut his eyes patiently as he declared: “Not a racist bone in his body.”
But he was then immediately rounded on by one of his fellow panellists, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland.
Mr Freedland pointed out that Boris previously called people in Africa “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles.”
And he’s right. Boris wrote in 2002: “What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England.
“It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies”.
Boris Johnson was also awarded £1,000 for writing a poem that joked about Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, having sex with a goat.
And he prompted uproar by suggesting Barack Obama removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office as a “a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.