Keir Starmer is a “human weathervane”.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister’s Questions

March 29, 2022

Facts

During PMQs, Boris Johnson called the Leader of the Opposition a “human weathervane” ie somebody who whimsically changes his mind at a moment’s notice.

Within 24 hours of this comment, Boris Johnson went from publicly mocking trans people in front of Conservative MPs, to publicly supporting them after one of those same MPs came out as trans. 

After Conservative MP Jamie Wallis came out as trans, Mr Johnson tweeted: “Sharing this very intimate story would have taken an immense amount of courage. Thank you @JamieWallisMP for your bravery, which will undoubtedly support others.

The Conservative Party I lead will always give you, and everyone else, the love and support you need to be yourself.”

The night before, at a Tory party dinner, Mr Johnson had joked: “Good evening ladies and gentleman, or as Keir Starmer would put it, people who are assigned female or male at birth.”

Verdict

Audacious of Boris Johnson to call Starmer a “human weathervane”. 

We approached Mr Johnson’s office, the Cabinet Office and the No 10 Press Office to give him a chance to comment, but received no response. 

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