Stop calling Boris Johnson "Boris"!

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Friends, foes and the few in between almost invariably call the politician and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson "Boris". Even journalists and political commentators do it: a certain breach of journalistic codes and, in the BBC's case, impartiality.

Boris Johnson is not our friend. He is a ruthlessly self-aggrandising, cynical man in an on-off and serially faithless relationship with The Truth as well as with those he comes across in his two-handed grab for personal glory; a political turncoat who would eat his grandmother - and yours too, uncooked if necessary - if it meant climbing another rung on the ladder of his own ambition. In short, he is a nasty bit of work and unfit to fill any of the great offices of state let alone to be called "Boris".

We don't call any other politician by their first name, even decent, honest ones. So why Johnson?

I therefore request everyone to refrain from doing so, especially journalists, broadcasters and fellow politicians..

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