“There was a (baby boom) after the Olympics, as I prophesied in a speech in 2012. It was quite amazing. There was a big baby boom”

Boris Johnson, interview with The Sunday Times

December 8, 2019

Claim

Interviewed by The Sunday Times, Boris Johnson suggested that romance would bloom across the nation after Brexit was done, and added: “There was a (baby boom) after the Olympics, as I prophesied in a speech in 2012. It was quite amazing. There was a big baby boom.” 

Facts

 In 2012, the year of the Olympics and Johnson’s speech, there were 730,000 births in England and Wales. In 2013, when the results of Olympic-inspired coition appeared, there were only 699,000. The year-on-year fall of over 4 percent was actually the greatest in 38 years. 

Verdict

The prime minister’s claim is another example of his complete indifference to the truth. 

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