Boris Johnson
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British
United Kingdom
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 and Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
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 politician, who has been the elected Mayor of London
Mayor of London
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 since 2008. He was the Member of Parliament for Henley
Henley (UK Parliament constituency)
Henley is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It covers south Oxfordshire, including Henley-on-Thames. The constituency elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election. It has long been a safe Conservative...

 and editor
Editor in chief
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 of The Spectator
The Spectator
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Johnson was educated at the Primrose Hill Primary School, Camden
London Borough of Camden
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, European School of Brussels
European School of Brussels I
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, Ashdown House School
Ashdown House, East Sussex
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, Eton College
Eton College
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 and Balliol College
Balliol College, Oxford
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, Oxford
University of Oxford
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, where he read Literae Humaniores
Literae Humaniores
Literae Humaniores is the name given to an undergraduate course focused on Classics at Oxford and some other universities.The Latin name means literally "more humane letters", but is perhaps better rendered as "Advanced Studies", since humaniores has the sense of "more refined" or "more learned",...

. He began his career in journalism with The Times
The Times
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, and later moved on to The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
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where he became assistant editor.

The proposed ban on incitement to “religious hatred” make no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself; and that would be pretty absurd, when you consider that the Bill's intention is to fight Islamophobia.

Daily Telegraph 21 July 2005

Ok, I said to myself as I sighted the bird down the end of the gun. This time, my fine feathered friend, there is no escape.

Friends, Voters, Countrymen p59

Not even Mr Blair has been able to erode the unions conviction that we all have a “right” to a minimum wage… Both the minimum wage and the Social Charter would palpably destroy jobs.

Lend Me Your Ears p387

Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.

The Spectator 15 April 2000

Not only did I want Bush to win, but we threw the entire weight of The Spectator behind him.

Have I Got Views for You p272

That is the best case for Bush; that, among other things, he liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me.

Daily Telegraph 26 February 2004

Dark forces dragged me away from the keyboard, swirling forces of irresistible intensity and power.

"A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.