Remember That Boris Johnson Was Once a Car Reviewer

remember that boris johnson was once a car reviewer

One of the bigger pieces of geopolitical news this week involves Boris Johnson. The U.K. prime minister is stepping down.

While reading about how the British media is covering the event, I was reminded that Johnson once reviewed cars.

Apparently very poorly.

That is, when he was even arsed to drive the things. Seems that Johnson often “reviewed” a car by letting it sit in one place for the duration of the loan.

Former GQ editor Dylan Jones, in the Sunday Times, on his former motoring correspondent Boris Johnson…

— Jason Groves (@JasonGroves1) April 24, 2022

I don’t bring this up to be political — I just find it an interesting way to ease into the weekend. Especially since Johnson seemed to, uh, not really do the job. It would be less amusing had Johnson been competent.

Hey, if an auto journalist/car reviewer — not all auto journalists review cars, and not all car reviewers are automotive journalists — can eventually climb to the top of his country’s political ladder, maybe that old saw we were told in third grade about how anyone can grow up to be president is true after all.

Or maybe Johnson is just lucky his editors didn’t seem to worry too much about improving his prose and didn’t seem to notice his work ethic, or lack thereof, until he’d moved on.

Either way, after going back and reading some of his old work, I’m going to have to cleanse my palette by Googling a bunch of David E. Davis, John Phillips, and Brock Yates pieces.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Jul 11, 2022

    How does this have anything remotely to do with autos or the auto industry? Surely there are auto newsworthy events that can be reported? The change of the UK Prime Minister isn't in any way newsworthy on an auto news blog. I stopped following this site for 3 years due to the creeping insertion of politics in articles. only recently returned about a month ago. It will not be hard to leave again. Stick to auto related content....this is not that.

  • Matt Posky Matt Posky on Jul 12, 2022

    Boris repeatedly endorsed adding speed cameras, lowering speed limits, upping congestion charging, and creating bicycle lanes when he was the mayor of London. These are unforgivable sins for someone that proclaimed themselves an automotive enthusiast.

    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Jul 12, 2022

      Fewer than a quarter of households in central London own cars. Why should policy there be centered around cars, privileging a small minority at everyone else's expense? If you want to be a car enthusiast in the UK, you have the entire rest of the country, and central London (or Manchester, where cars are banned from significant areas) is probably not the right place for you.

  • Theflyersfan I was living in one part of the world when China and Russia were completing their 21st century scramble of Africa. They were pumping billions into the economies of these countries building new dams, bridges, skyscrapers, freeways/toll roads, utilities, power plants, you know - projects that would benefit the average resident of said location. All they wanted in exchange were the mineral, mining, fishing, timber, etc., rights of said location. And they got them. So during that era when they were looking at global expansion, we were fighting unwinnable wars and our "leaders" on the left were yelling at the "leaders" on the right and vice versa, and what happens when all you do is stare and focus on one thing like DC is known to do? The world moves on around you. And that's what happened here.We had the same opportunity to build Africa up and to make the same deals as other countries, but our "nation building" tends to take place via the conversion from something solid and standing to something in pieces and in rubble. So it looks like we'll continue to have to deal with hostile nations holding our feet into the fire and working through their many geopolitical issues just so we can continue to get cheap electronics and necessary materials in our manufacturing just because we decided around 40+ years ago to ship it all overseas because we wanted to save 50 cents on a pack of socks and the CEOs needed their next quarterly statement to look even better to the shareholders so they could increase their pay and bonuses, consequences be damned.
  • DweezilSFV I didn't think GM could make a worse looking truck than their full-sizers.Success.
  • DweezilSFV GM. Still trying to make OnStar happen.And still the answer to a question no one ever asked.
  • Corey Lewis Look, here's the voice warning record player!
  • Buickman as Donnie Brosco said... Forget about it.