A mutual admiring of Churchill was bound to ensure the bonding of Britain’s Boris and our Winston

New Zealand  should have a  head start in revitalising  its  relationship  with a post-Brexit  Britain   if  Boris  Johnson  steps  into  10  Downing   Street.

NZ’s  Foreign  Minister  Winston  Peters  reckons  he’s  already  established  mateship  with  Johnson.  He  told  TVNZ’s  Q&A  programme  Johnson “likes NZ  and  likes NZ  politicians”.

Moreover   when he was  Foreign Secretary   Johnson re-engaged with the Pacific.

And, significantly,  Johnson and Peters  share a  mutual  admiration of the  qualities  of leadership  of  the  UK’s  greatest Prime  Minister   Winston  Churchill.

Peters got his  first  name  from Churchill  while  Johnson  wrote  a  book  on  Churchill  (though  curiously   in  his foreword  to  “The  Churchill Factor”   the   pronoun  “I” occurs  33  times).  Peters has an autographed  copy.

Johnson is undoubtedly an engaging character,  though  some of  his  neighbours  appear  to  be  less certain   about   his  particular  charms.

And it is  interesting to  study  Johnson’s  CV   which  some  London  journals  have  mentioned  in   recent  days.  New  Zealanders  might  find it  implausible  for a successful  politician.

Or  not.

Here is  one version:

Sacked  as a  trainee at  the  Times for inventing  a  quote, Brussels  correspondent  at  the Telegraph (famously flexible with the truth), columnist  (including a spot in  GQ writing about  cars), editor of  the Spectator  (until he  was  sacked), MP  for Henley,  Have  I Got News  for You  host, fired  from the shadow Cabinet for  having an affair and lying  about it,  Mayor  of London (and  sponsor of  crap projects: illegal water  cannon, infernal Routemaster  bus, insane Garden Bridge, entirely unused Thames cable car), elected  MP  again, big-money author, foreign  secretary: Prime Minister? .

Still,  there  is  always  scope  for  re-invention,  as  Peters’ own  career  might attest.

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