Diane Abbott attacks Boris Johnson over 'tank-topped bumboys' comments

Diane Abbott has added to the chorus of disapproval aimed at Boris Johnson

Diane Abbott has added to the chorus of disapproval aimed at Boris Johnson

Friday, January 5, 2018

Diane Abbott has hit out at Boris Johnson after a series of his old articles returned to the public domain - and added that his sexist and homophobic views explained his support for Toby Young.

Abbott shared a piece by Business Insider journalist Adam Bienkov, a regular contributor to talkRADIO, which dug up several of Johnson's articles for titles such as The Daily Telegraph and GQ. In the articles, Johnson referred to women as "hot totty" and gay clubbers as "tank-topped bumboys."

These articles, Abbott said, "show why he [Johnson] defended Toby Young" - who was appointed to the Government's new universities regulator over Christmas despite himself displaying sexist views in the past.

One article dug up by Bienkov, written for The Daily Telegraph about the 1996 Labour party conference, was headlined "Hot totty is on the agenda" and claimed "the 'Tottymeter reading is higher than at any Labour conference in living memory."

The article also claimed that women were only attracted to then-Labour leader Tony Blair because of "the whiff of power," adding "with the fickleness of their sex, they are following the polls."

In a motoring column for GQ, describing a Ferrari F340, Johnson wrote of a woman lying back and opening her well-bred legs to be ravished by the Italian stallion."

In a 1998 Telegraph article, covering the resignation of the openly gay Labour minister Peter Mandelson, Johnson wrote that "in the Ministry of Sound, the tank-topped bumboys blub[bed] into their pils [sic]."

Johnson even compared gay marriage to bestiality in a 2001 book, writing "If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog."