Stanley Johnson’s jihad joke

BORIS’S pop Stanley Johnson was a mix of statesman and stand-up comic when he spoke against HS2 in Camden Town last week, delivering a speech packed with one-liners about Lord Andrew Adonis and Michael Heseltine. There was one gag, however, that apparently drew both cackles and frowns in the hall at Cecil Sharp House: “I picked up the Evening Standard. It said: ‘British girls inspired by jihad.’ Why don’t we think about the security aspect of HS2. All these British girls in Birmingham will take 15 minutes less time to get to London. There are real issues here.”

Listen.

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