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Boris Johnson, Britain's new foreign secretary, has a history of insulting people in other countries

Boris Johnson, Britain's new foreign secretary, has a history of insulting people in other countries

In normal times, presiding over Britain’s storied Foreign and Commonwealth Office is a job weighted with historic gravitas, a coveted post held by a seasoned diplomat who employs tact and discretion to advance the nation’s complex interests spanning the globe.

But these are far from normal times in Britain, and the shambling figure of Boris Johnson known for outlandish serial insults aimed at a variety of targets — now calls those stately Italianate corridors his political home, a state of affairs that triggered a tsunami of derision from...

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