Boris Johnson was named Prime Minister on July 24, following a vote by Conservative party members. One of his first tasks was to give a speech to the nation. Some watched his acceptance speech slightly puzzled, but others have praised it for being memorable, snappy, and some even went so far as to deem it funny. There have been entire books dedicated to the art of public speaking and as I watched Johnson give his first speeches as Prime Minister I couldn’t help but think of another politician. Here’s seven times Boris Johnson's political strategy was lifted from Love Actually. While Hugh Grant may be a very fictional Prime Minister his and Johnson's styles bear an uncanny resemblance. And it’s not just the way that they speak that’s similar.
Boris Johnson entering Downing Street as Prime Minister poses a lot of firsts. Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying that he’s always been a big presence in Westminster. It came as little surprise that he won the Conservative Party leadership contest. If you watch his first speeches back it’s hard not to pick up on the big hair and Etonian speaking voice and think of Hugh Grant in Love Actually. However, there’s more that links the pair than a passion for hair products.