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Johnson’s latest infrastructure idea receives mixed media reception

The latest transport-related wheeze from foreign secretary Boris Johnson – a road bridge across the English Channel – was given serious consideration by some papers... but others simply laughed.

Rik Thomas
02 February 2018
Some media outlets simply ridiculed Boris Johnson’s suggestion of a road bridge between the UK and France, whereas others broadly approved of the concept but pointed out the inconsistency of a pro-Brexit campaigner calling for better links with continental Europe
Some media outlets simply ridiculed Boris Johnson’s suggestion of a road bridge between the UK and France, whereas others broadly approved of the concept but pointed out the inconsistency of a pro-Brexit campaigner calling for better links with continental Europe

 

The suggestion of foreign secretary Boris Johnson that a bridge should be built across the English Channel received a significant amount of media coverage in mid-January. Despite most commentators suggesting that the idea was little more than an attempt to keep Johnson’s name in the headlines, few could resist giving him the oxygen of publicity that he seems to crave.

Stephen Bush, a special correspondent at The New Statesman, for example, observed that: “As far as making a splash...

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