Boris Johnson mocked by own sister over English language claim

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Boris Johnson has been mocked by his sister Rachel after claiming “too often” English was not being spoken as a first language.

Author and journalist Rachel Johnson said she did not know what her brother was talking about, because “we spoke ancient Greek at home”.

The would-be prime minister’s comments were aimed at immigrants, saying he wanted them to “feel British” and learn English.

But he had already been criticised by Welsh and Gaelic-speaking politicians for his remarks before his sister’s intervention.

Ms Johnson tweeted: “We spoke Ancient Greek at home I genuinely don’t know what he’s on about.”

The Tory leadership hopeful made the remarks at a hustings in Darlington on Friday.

He said: “I want everybody who comes here and makes their lives here to be and to feel British, that’s the most important thing, and to learn English”.

Gaelic-speaking SNP MP Angus MacNeil said on Twitter: “Boris is just moronic and clueless.”

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    1. “Ee! Bah Gum! Sithee! By ‘Eck! Tha Knows! Trouble At ‘t Mill! Herpes!”
      “Lord Luv A Duck! Stone The Crows! Strike Me Pink! Lei’s All Go Down The Strand! ‘Ave a Banana! Ding Dong I Luv London Town! I was At Violet’s Funeral! ‘Ere, Didn’t You Kill My Brother? No? Must’ve Been Me Then!”
      Why Aye Inspector Morse, What You Doing laying down on The Grass Outside Lonsdale College? Howay Man!” “Having a heart attack Lewis, what does it LOOK like?”
      Boris is right, there ARE parts of Dear Old Blighty that don’t speak English!

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