Former journalist Boris Johnson has generated a splash together with his profession recommendation to schoolchildren, wherein he prompt journalists are “always abusing people”.
The prime minister, who took half in an internet class at Sedgehill Academy in Lewisham, south London, on Tuesday, used the go to to mirror on his personal previous as a newspaper reporter and columnist.
“When you’re a journalist it’s a great, great job, it’s a great profession,” Mr Johnson mentioned.
“But the trouble is, sometimes you find yourself always abusing people or attacking people.
“Not that you just need to abuse them or assault them, however you might be being crucial, when perhaps you’re feeling generally a bit responsible about that, as a result of you have not put your self within the place of the particular person you are criticising.
“So I thought I’d give it a go,” he added, referring to his profession change.
The prime minister labored for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator earlier than getting into politics when he was first elected as an MP on the age of 36.
And Mr Johnson added his “strong advice” was “don’t do politics immediately, do lots of other things first”.
Early in his profession as a journalist, Mr Johnson was sacked from The Times over allegations he fabricated a quote for a front-page story.
His later profession as a columnist, which he continued up till changing into prime minister in 2019, additionally supplied quite a lot of controversies.
Mr Johnson’s writing has been closely criticised for remarks in his previous newspaper columns, which have included references to “flag-waving piccaninnies”, Africans with “watermelon smiles” and “tank-topped bum boys”.
Asked concerning the prime minister’s remarks on Tuesday, Mr Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton advised a daily briefing of Westminster journalists: “That is the prime minister talking about the fact that all of you, as journalists, your job is to challenge and that makes us in government better.
“I feel that is what he meant.”
Labour’s shadow media minister, Chris Matheson, called on the prime minister to “withdraw these remarks and apologise”.
“For Boris Johnson to say journalists are ‘all the time abusing folks’ most likely says extra about his personal profession,” he said.
“It is especially troubling coming so quickly after the prime minister stood by one among his ministers who attacked a journalist who was simply attempting to do her job.
“We know from Donald Trump that these kind of assaults on the free press are dangerous and designed to stir up distrust and division.”