Boris Johnson ended speculation that he had been sidelined in the campaign with by making a typically bombastic intervention. His attack this morning on “ mutton-headed old mugwump” Jeremy Corbyn stuck out, with Labour’s John Healey suggesting that such an attack “demeaned” the office of Foreign Secretary. The term, which Nicholas Soames once used against him, was a topic of discussion in many of his interviews this morning.
John Humphrys managed to ask about serious policy issues too, although Michael Deacon noticed that he was left floundering in his attempts to control the conversation. “Mr Johnson was supposed to be shedding light on the Government’s plans for Brexit, but instead he was setting forth the innumerable demerits of Jeremy Corbyn,” he wrote.
Mr Johnson’s attack may have been colourful, as my colleague Laurence Dodds noted that the term mugwump harks back to Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and 19th century American politics. But will it be effective? Jane Merrick thinks so, as she writes that his “choice of indelicate, colourful language has been turned into a strength by turning its fire on Corbyn’s leadership and personality”. The end result, she says, is that he has “hit his mark”.
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