Choose your own Boris Johnson adventure

21-09-17

YOU are Boris Johnson, foreign secretary, bon vivant and statesman, but can you make it to the end of the week without being forced to resign? 

1) You’re rightly accused of undermining your government’s Brexit policy by launching a leadership bid in the Daily Telegraph. If you believe that the only honourable course is to resign, go to 7. If you want to call your critics “nonsense-pedlars inebriated with the exuberance of their own verbosity”, go to 2.

2) A former aide claims that the £60m London cable car linking two of the capital’s least-visited locations only came about after you doodled randomly on a map then insisted you were not doodling and it was a brilliant idea. To offer your resignation, go to 7. To zipline down the cable covered in Union Jacks, distracting everybody, go to 3.

3) You are called upon to make a conciliatory speech to the EU, but instead call them “mendacious merchants of maunderings, piffle and piss-a-bed proposals whose drivelling idiotism there is no bearing,” badly damaging your country’s Brexit strategy. To resign, go to 7. To continue as if nothing has happened, go to 4.

4) You have had yet another affair with a posh journalist and have consequently fathered a further out-of-wedlock lovechild. If you believe that your private life is becoming a distraction for the government and wish to resign, go to 7. If you believe that the rabidly moralistic tabloids will remain oddly quiet about it and you will get away scott-free, go to 5.

5) Extensive documentation surfaces proving that every statement you have made in the last three years is untrue, that you bet £400,000 on a Remain vote and now owe twice that to the Russian Mafia, and that you killed a boy at school. To resign from the Cabinet, go to 7. To accuse your critics of being “grizzling and horrigust beans who gobblefunk their words until they are squiff-squiddled and squished like snozzcumbers,” go to 6.

6) At a Bullingdon Boys reunion photographs are passed around of you with the infamous Cameron pig, pre-decapitation, engaged in activities you dismiss as high-spirited schoolboy capers. However while attempting to retrieve the photos you trip and throw them out of  a window where they shower onto the assembled media. To accept you must resign, go to 7. To finally be fired, go to 7.

7) You leave politics for a lucrative media career, which by 2019 sees you appearing in Dick Whittington at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, starring Gemma Atkinson. Your adventure has ended. Michael Gove plays Baron von Nasty.

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