In today’s soft-focus Guardian interview, Boris Johnson pushes the transformative effect of women’s education, but it wasn’t long ago he said that women go to university because “they’ve got to find men to marry”.
Today’s Boris Johnson gushed that educating girls is “the Swiss army knife, the universal spanner to tackle a range of problems, from radicalisation to poverty”.
But just a few years ago Johnson was reported to have commented that women only go to university because “they’ve got to find men to marry”.
Hopes that Boris may have undergone some recent epiphany on respect for women look to be in vain. Just a couple of weeks ago he was defending Toby Young and his history of grossly misogynistic tweets.
And let’s not forget the times he wondered if women “really want to work quite so hard”, called women “hot totty”, referred to a pornographic calendar that he hung from his work desk, and advised his successor to “pat [his publisher] on the bottom and send her on her way”.
If Boris wants to talk about education, maybe he could start with himself.
Image: By EU2017EE Estonian Presidency (Boris Johnson) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons