'Boris wouldn't be PM without me' says Rachel Johnson

‘If I hadn’t been born, he probably wouldn’t be PM’: Rachel Johnson on seeing her brother Boris reach No. 10 – and her belief he’s handling the coronavirus crisis ‘brilliantly’

  • Rachel Johnson’s new book reveals strong sibling rivalry between her and Boris
  • Millennial cousin says there’s ‘no social capital’ in having PM in the family 
  • Rake’s  Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis, will hit shelves on Thursday 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Boris Johnson’s sister has stunningly claimed he would not be Prime Minister without her influence.

Rachel Johnson’s new book, Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis, hits shelves this coming Thursday and reveals how the Johnson family reacted when Boris entered Number 10.

An extract shared by The Sunday Times today reveals her thoughts on her brother’s time as PM so far, and how she thinks he’s dealing with the coronavirus.  

Rachel Johnson, pictured on the Andrew Marr Show in January, says Boris would not have risen to power had she not been born. The claim comes in her new book: Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis, which will be available to buy on Thursday

Boris Johnson, pictured at the Conservative leadership announcement in July 2019, is handling the coronavirus pandemic ‘brilliantly’, his sister Rachel said this week

In today’s paper Mrs Johnson wrote: ‘If I had not been born, he would never have needed to assert his male superiority over me, my siblings, his party – and the rest of the country.

‘If I hadn’t been born, he would probably not be prime minister.’ 

Boris is the eldest of four siblings, as well as writer and journalist Rachel, he is a brother to former Orpington MP Jo Johnson and Leo Johnson, a partner at PWC.

Mrs Johnson, 54, said there is ‘huge pride and amazement’ at Boris’ rise to power but not everyone is impressed.

The Johnson family refer to the PM as ‘Al,’ taken from his Christian name Alexander.

‘The under-30s are a bit weirded out “As a millennial I can confirm there is no social capital whatsoever in Uncle Al becoming PM” one of the cousins announced,’ the Sunday Times reports.

Mrs Johnson, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018, writes: ‘For Al, a bad outcome of all this is an abbreviated tenure in Downing Street. For him, a win is being hailed as the next Churchill.

‘I would like to add that the PM is handling this Covid-19 crisis brilliantly. God, I almost miss Brexit now’ 

Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis comes out this Thursday, it is priced at £16.99. 

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