Quotes about Boris Johnson

In his frenzy he had once crushed his palm down on a biro so hard that he actually drew blood

His former editor Max Hastings has also talked of his “startling flashes of instability”. When I worked as Johnson’s deputy in Brussels in an office of two, it took a long time to get used to what became known as his “four o’clock rants” in which he hurled four-letter words at an innocent yucca plant for several minutes at deadline time every day to work himself into a frenzy to write his creative tracts against the EU. He has admitted to this ritual, confessing that in his frenzy he had once crushed his palm down on a biro so hard that he actually drew blood.

23 June 2019 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau