Boris Johnson turns 50 today and to celebrate we’ve rounded up his most entertaining quotes and pictures throughout the years.
Yes, Britain’s most famous floppy-haired politician has been making ill-advised remarks and humorous blunders for half a century (although perhaps a decade should de deducted for his formative years when we imagine he didn’t have as much to say).
His tenure as Mayor of London has provided a series of opportunities for Johnson to amuse, baffle and, sometimes, enrage the public with his musings on the world – from his thoughts on sexism, inequality and running for Prime Minister, to midnight feasts, cannabis and sex.
Then of course, there was the time he got stuck on a zip wire and the moment where he kissed a crocodile – all part of the job for the man in charge of London.
Boris Johnson's defining moments
Boris Johnson's defining moments
Boris Johnson swings from a bus as Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers (left), Northern First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell (second right) look on during a visit to Wrightbus Chassis plant in Antrim
Boris Johnson takes down 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi during a game of Street Rugby with a group of Tokyo children
Boris Johnson planting flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew
A commuter gesturing to Boris Johnson as he cycles across Vauxhall Bridge
Mayor of London Boris Johnson boxes with a trainer during his visit to Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wears a traditional headdress during a visit to the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, a major new Hindu temple being built in Kingsbury in London
Many Conservative Party members gagging to have Boris Johnson as their MP
Boris Johnson prepares to deliver a speech in Bloomberg's European headquarters on Britain's involvement in the EU. Mr Johnson also announced his intention to become an MP again at the 2015 general election, whilst serving out the remainder of his term as mayor.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson during a speech and Q&A session at Bloomberg, London, where he has said that 'in all probability' he will seek to stand for Parliament in next year's general election.
London mayor Boris Johnson helps shear a sheep held by New Zealand's most successful competition sheep shearer, David Fagan (L) on a visit to Lister Shearing Equipment in Stonehouse
Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes a helicopter ride over Hong Kong as part of week long visit to China to promote trade between the far east and London
Boris Johnson explains why he's such a hit with female voters
Boris Johnson celebrates after a wildly successful interview with Eddie Mair
Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits in the operator's cab of a crane on the quay at DP World London Gateway Port in Stanford-le-Hope
Boris Johnson shoots a basketball
The Mayor of London make a strong pose in what appears to be a particularly bad tourism advert for Asia
Boris Johnson meets saltwater crocodile George, which was named after the royal baby
Perhaps the only person ever who has ridden on the Emirates Air Line
Boris Johnson's encounter with a zip wire only served to prove how adept the London Mayor is at defying political gravity in 2012
Boris Johnson playing tennis
Aside from his mayoral duties, London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is looking displeased at his seven appearances
Boris goes for a bounce in one of favourite places... (the Olympic village obviousy)
London Mayor Boris Johnson on the streets of Clapham
Like a raging bull, Boris Johnson challenges a statue to a duel
AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Boris Johnson embraces a member of the public in Ealing, west London, who seems to have taken a shine to him
Frothy top? Boris Johnson visits Starbucks in Mayfair
Johnson tries on one of his favourite pink and sparkly hats
Johnson smiles smugly as he thinks of his fine mop of hair, worthy of a L'Oreal advert
Boris Johnson tries his hand at policing the capital - primarily by wearing a new hat
The hippie world welcomes a new member to the fold in Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson jogs on the streets of London
Boris as a young'un. He was fired from his first job as a trainee reporter at The Times for making up a quote about the Plantagenet King Edward the II and his gay lover
“I’d like thousands of schools as good as the one I went to, Eton.”
“I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.”
On Prince Harry getting naked with strippers in Las Vegas:
“I think it’d be disgraceful if a chap wasn’t allowed to have a bit of fun in Las Vegas. The real scandal would be if you went all the way to Las Vegas and you didn’t misbehave in some trivial way.”
On the benefits of city life:
“We seek cities because there are a greater range of girls at the bar, of reproductive choice. But above all, talented people seek cities for fame. They can’t get famous in the f***ing village.”
“I've slept with far fewer than 1,000”
On why women go to university:
“They’ve got to find men to marry.”
On midnight snacks:
“There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge.”
“There is no point in wasting any more moral or mental energy in being jealous of the very rich. They are no happier than anyone else; they just have more money. We shouldn’t bother ourselves about why they want all this money, or why it is nicer to have a bath with gold taps. How does it hurt me, with my 20-year-old Toyota, if somebody else has a swish Mercedes? We both get stuck in the same traffic.”
On the Olympic Opening Ceremony:
“People say it was all leftie stuff. That is nonsense. I’m a Conservative and I had hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning. I was blubbing like Andy Murray.”
On the merits of Channel 5:
“I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap dancing, and other related and vital subjects.”
On the importance of inequality:
“I don't believe that economic equality is possible; indeed some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.“
On Tony Blair:
"It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."
On becoming Prime Minister
“My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.”
On why we should vote Tory:
“Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.”
“It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger. I've become very illiberal about it. I don't want my kids to take drugs”.
On Olympic sportswomen:
“As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers.”
'I will never vote to ban hunting. It is a piece of spite that has nothing to do with animal welfare, and everything to do with Blair's manipulation of rank-and-file Labour chippiness and class hatred."
On gay marriage:
"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.'
On working women:
“Of course I am in favour of women working, and the world would be far nicer if women ran it, but I sometimes wonder if they — we — really want to work quite so hard.”
On families with lower incomes:
“In families on lower incomes the women have absolutely no choice but to work, often with adverse consequences for family life and society as a whole — in that unloved and undisciplined children are more likely to become hoodies, NEETS, and mug you on the street corner.”Reuse content