Sunday 25 June 2017

The rise and rise of Boris - the studied but likeable young English fogey

Boris Johnson: fitted the French and German stereotype of 'un Anglais á Bruxelles'. Photo: Reuters
Boris Johnson: fitted the French and German stereotype of 'un Anglais á Bruxelles'. Photo: Reuters
John Downing

John Downing

My first up-close encounter with the phenomenon that is Boris Johnson was at Brussels Airport in January 1990.

If anybody told me then, or over any of the succeeding four years in which he reported from Brussels, that he was a future British Prime Minister, I would have summoned those men in the white coats.

That first day, a group of journalists was queueing for a plane to Dublin for events to kick-off Charlie Haughey's storied and lavish six-month EU presidency.

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