Quotes about Boris Johnson

His cleverness, charm and wit go hand in hand with a darker side to his character, one that comes to the fore whenever he thinks his pre-eminence or entitlement is threatened

Johnson is a highly complex figure — his cleverness, charm and wit go hand in hand with a darker side to his character, one that comes to the fore whenever he thinks his pre-eminence or entitlement is threatened.

He bears grudges and ­harbours a virulent temper, as those who displease him discover. His former patron and editor Sir Max Hastings, who did so much to promote the young Johnson, eventually grew concerned by his “startling flashes of instability”.

1 July 2016 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau