Boris Johnson Describes Africa As ‘That Country’ During Conservative Party Conference Speech

This is not the first gaffe Johnson has made regarding the continent.

In a 2002 column for the Daily Telegraph, Johnson wrote: “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies…

“They say [Tony Blair] is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles…”

His speech at Birmingham’s ICC, which contained references to the Kardashians, Tom Hanks and Snickers bars, also saw Johnson claim the world is “less safe, more dangerous and more worrying” than it was 10 years ago – partly because of a “lack of western self-confidence” in the region’s political, military and economic ideals, according to the Press Association.

He also accused Russia of being “complicit” in carrying out war crimes in Syria and said the UK “must be humble and realistic enough to accept that in many eyes the notion that we could endlessly expand the realm of liberal democracy was badly damaged” by the Iraq War.

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