Boris Johnson, idiot

Make the bunny Foreign Secretary.

The Foreign Office is studying a package of measures to ease relations with Iran before a visit to Tehran by Boris Johnson that has been billed as the foreign secretary’s chance to win the release of the jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

On Friday, the FCO was playing down the chances of a breakthrough in the visit later this year, and stressed that any measures to ease Anglo-Iranian relations had already been under consideration before Johnson said incorrectly that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “teaching people journalism” in Tehran. Her family and employer have always said she was on holiday at the time she was arrested.

…The Iranian judiciary and media seized on Johnson’s remarks, made at a foreign affairs select committee hearing last week, to claim that he had revealed the truth about her activities in Iran.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe had already been sentenced to five years in prison and Iranian officials had threatened to add extra charges even before Johnson’s remarks to MPs. However, his error gave Iranian hardliners a further incentive to take a tougher line with her.

It has been reported that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been hooded and interrogated, had cried uncontrollably when she was separated from her two-year-old daughter and had spent her first eight months in solitary confinement.

  • Brett_McS

    That was certainly a gaff, for which he has apologized, but he spent his gap year in Australia, so he has some sense.

    • Frances

      Johnson may have apologized, but will the Iranians accept his position that he made the statement in error and that woman was indeed just visiting family?

      • Linda1000

        Nope, not unless they get big $$.

      • Watchman

        I’m sure the Iranians will forgive as long as Britain supplies them with the technical knowledge to build space missiles capable of sending a one tonne satellite into low space orbit, as well as helping the Iranians develop a tiny one tonne nuclear reactor capable of using all its fuel in under a millisecond.

      • Brett_McS

        That just highlights who are the real villains in this saga.

  • Linda1000

    I wish Boris Johnson would just leave the bunnit’s out of it. Look at these cute twins.

  • Maurice Miner

    Why doesn’t Ratcliffe simply put on the Cloak of Invisibility, and sneak out of there?

  • simus1

    Boris is an idiot.
    But so is that woman “holidaying in iran”, now in the clutches of muslim extremist monsters.

    • Depends on what happened. I can see an Iranian wanting to visit her home country.

  • European politicians are selling their souls to the Iranian devil for money.