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Boris Johnson gets his ideas from Private Eye

Beyond parody...

comedyBoris Johnson is not only beyond parody – he seems to be inspired by it.

Yesterday the Prime Minister said  he would ‘rather be dead in a ditch’ than go back to Brussels to ask for a further delay to Brexit.

It came two weeks after Private Eye mocked the damaging dogmatism of Brexiteers with a spoof newspaper article headlined: ‘Exclusive Daily Telegraph poll reveals Britons would rather die face down in a ditch than trade with EU.’

The parody said the poll was taken from a wide cross-section of 15 executives on the Telegraph – the newspaper which just happened to have paid Johnson £275,000 a year to write a column before he became Prime Minister.

The satirical magazine was quick to tweet about the parallels, noting: ‘If you want to stay ahead of the news, subscribe to Private Eye.’

Published: 6 Sep 2019

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