The Rise Of Boris Johnson, The UK’s New Controversial Prime Minister

Boris Johnson will be the UK’s next prime minister. Known as “BoJo” among his supporters, he’s one of the UK’s most recognizable politicians. He’s a charismatic, and sometimes controversial figure. Johnson started his career in journalism, but was fired from The Times for making up a quote. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2001.

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The life and career of Boris Johnson

He attended the elite boarding school Eton College with David Cameron. He studied classical literature, history, and philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford University, and was president of the Oxford Union in 1986.

Boris had a brief career at The Times before getting fired for making up a quote. Politics and journalism run in his family. His brother, Jo Johnson, is also a Conservative politician and former bureau chief at the Financial Times.

Boris was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2001. He was embroiled in a scandal during his early years as a politician and editor. After publishing an article suggesting the city of Liverpool reveled in a “victim status.”

In 2004, Boris lied about having an affair and was fired from his position as Shadow Minister of the Arts. In 2008, he resigned as an MP and was elected as the Mayor of London. 

During this time, he gained quite a reputation. London’s bike-share service unofficially bears his name. They’re known as “Boris Bikes.” He rode a bike with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 2012, Boris got stuck on a zipline while promoting the Olympics and made international headlines. He was re-elected as Mayor that same year. 

Despite the repeated gaffes, many people warmed to Boris. Though some incidents come off as clownish, his supporters believe they make him more authentic and relatable than many politicians. But critics called him an inactive mayor, using the position to boost his personal publicity.

When things heated up during the Brexit debate in 2016, Boris said Britain had a “great, great future” outside of the European Union. When US President Barack Obama encouraged Britain to stay in the EU, Boris called him a “part-Kenyan” with hypocritical views. 

After Britain voted to leave the EU and Cameron resigned. Boris was favored to become the next Prime Minister, but he declared that he would not enter the race.

“My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.”

When Theresa May became Prime Minister, she appointed Johnson as Foreign Secretary. In his new role, he visited many EU countries he previously condemned. And worked to convince the world Brexit wouldn’t mean the UK was walling itself from the world.

He resigned as Foreign Secretary in July 2018 in a rebuke of May’s stance on Brexit. Johnson continued to fight for Brexit. In May 2019, Theresa May announced her resignation after Parliament repeatedly rejected her Brexit deal.

Johnson and Jeremy Hunt were the final candidates to replace her. People doubted Johnson would be the frontrunner, but he received 64% of the vote.

Johnson’s campaign slogan was “Deliver, Unite, Defeat.” He realized it had an unfortunate acronym, so he added an “E” at the end for “energize”.

“Dude, we are going to energize the country, we are going to get Brexit done!”

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The Rise Of Boris Johnson, The UK’s New Controversial Prime Minister

Major Tolkien exhibition opens in Oxford

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A Reputation Expert Explains Why Character Is More Important Than Capability For Politicians

Business Insider UK spoke to Rupert Younger, the director of Oxford University’s centre for corporate reputation.

Younger told us that character plays a much larger role than capability when it comes to politics.

He believes that this reputational importance was the reason for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the recent United States Elections.

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Rupert Younger: Hi I’m Rupert younger, I’m director of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and I’m also co-author of The Reputation Game.

We’re struggling with this idea of “what exactly is a capable politician? What exactly is it that politicians are expected to do?” The research is pretty clear that says that it’s character that matters much more than capability when it comes to politics.

How you orient yourself, the type of transparency you’re prepared to engage with, certainly in the west. The way in which you develop your narratives, you comport yourself when it comes to the Q&A. That set of personal characteristics are extremely valuable and extremely important when it comes to reputations in politics.

The recent American elections are a very interesting frame to think about reputations. I think that irrespective of where you sit in terms of the actual outcome, it’s pretty clear that Hillary suffered a number of reputational downsides, she was hampered in her ability to secure the nomination by a number of repetitional factors.

The first is I think a question of, actually most of them are perceptions of character as opposed to capability.

I think most people regarded Hillary as an incredibly capable woman, and as a someone who was definitely able to command the incredibly complex world that she was trying to secure through the presidency.

But I think the character issues were her downfall, she came across as evasive when questions about her dealings with her charity, and some of the other areas and her data on her computers.

And that I think plays very badly when it comes to politics. Politics and politicians character is an incredibly important feature of reputation formation and destruction in political circumstances.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 1, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Dozens of Mexican vigilantes surrender in Michoacan State, Turkey’s government expands rights of Syrian refugees, terrorism causing Kenya’s tourism industry to decline, and researchers at Oxford University develop breath test device to diagnose juvenile diabetes.

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Breath Test Could Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes
Oxford University researchers identified the relationship between high levels of the chemical acetone and blood ketones, which lead to a dangerous complication. They hope to have the device ready by mid-year.

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