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PoliticoJul 23, 2019
Trump: Boris Johnson 'will be great' as British PM

The Daily BeastJul 23, 2019
Boris Johnson Is Lazy and Will Be a Terrible Prime Minister, Say His Ex-Colleagues
Reuters / Toby MelvilleNot many people throughout history would be able to say that they've been told to "fuck off and die" by a British prime minister. But now, with Boris Johnson victorious in Tuesday's leadership contest, journalist Sam Leith has gained entry to that illustrious club.

Leith, then literary editor at The Daily Telegraph, commissioned and published a review of a Johnson biography that ridiculed the future prime minister as looking like he wore "a urine-coloured fright wig" and named his children. A "very cross" Johnson then sent an email to Leith that, the writer recalled, said something along the lines of: "I can't believe you had anything to do with commissioning or publishing this but if you did you can fuck off and die."

"I wrote back saying that I'd commissioned it in good faith and, as was usual, once a review's commissioned we publish without fear or favour," Leith explained to The Daily Beast. The journalist then signed off the email with: "Yours fucking off and dying."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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