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Boris Johnson imitates Winston Churchill with predictable consequences

London Mayor was on weekly LBC programme when he responded to question from professional impersonator

Rose Troup Buchanan
Tuesday 03 February 2015 15:15 GMT
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Boris Johnson, currently London Mayor, has said he will run for parliament in May
Boris Johnson, currently London Mayor, has said he will run for parliament in May (PA)

Boris Johnson has attempted to impersonate wartime leader Winston Churchill.

The London Mayor was responding to a question from professional impersonator ‘Henley’ from Winchester, on LBC radio.

Never one to miss an opportunity to show off, having listened to the professional Johnson quickly adapted his answer to mimic the forms of one of Churchill’s better known speeches, just not particularly successfully.

Johnson, who is presently touting a hagiographic biography of Churchill, proceeds to mangle the former wartime leader’s tone.

Sounding like a puppy masticating a particularly ugly tie, it appears Mr Johnson is attempting to say: “We will defend our cycle highways, whatever the cost will be.

“And if this cycle superhighway, which I do not think for one moment should be overwhelmed by the forces of darkness in Canary Wharf, then TfL, fortified, guarded…it will be superb.”

The next 20 seconds follow in a similar way, as Johnson’s naturally ebullient tones struggle to slow down long enough for any semblance of Churchill’s famously long-winded and gravelly vowels to be heard.

Just so you can compare, here’s a clip of Churchill speaking below.

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