OMG – In Myanmar, Naughty Boris DARES Quote Kipling!

I am no big fan of Boris Johnson MP.

He has turned his coat so often he could get a job as a fashion model.



But what on earth are the Guardian shrills and the FCO mandarins getting their pink knickers in a twist about this week?

Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

Foreign secretary’s impromptu recital of colonial-era poem was so embarrassing the UK ambassador was forced to stop him…


Maybe not every reader shares my delight in Kipling’s patriotic poetry, but I reckon he’s tops.

I have quoted his works more than once on this blog…

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…and no doubt will do so again.

But let’s examine what Boris did and did not say when he was reciting from The Road to Mandalay.

He had got through the line: “The temple bells they say/ Come you back you English soldier.”

Was that a call for a return to colonial rule?

Far from it!

As the Guardian helpfully tells us –

 Kipling’s poem captures the nostalgia of a retired serviceman looking back on his colonial service and a Burmese girl he kissed.

Aaah, ‘it’s in his kiss,’ as a 1960s song had it!

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Maugh Bo Bo, a Burmese doctoral student…said offence could be taken because the poem talks about kissing a girl, something that would be frowned on in the context of a temple.

But the kiss in the poem did NOT occur in a temple, did it?

Are the Burmese as uptight about a decent heterosexual snog as some other people…?

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Or does the unspoken objection perhaps relate to a kiss between a white man and a brown girl?

I’d have thought Kipling would merit applause from those who commend inter-racial harmony!

And I’d have thought, too, there are better issues for the media relentlessly to batter Boris about…

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…and for the Foreign Office to be made to answer!