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A look at issues of today: Japan, China – it’s all foreign to Jeremy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 August 2018

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We have all done that thing where you call a partner by an ex’s name. That’s why I only ever date people with the same first name.

It brings the added benefit of making it look like I have a tattoo done for them really early on in the relationship.

But any little slip of the tongue we have done is nothing compared to the one done by the foreign secretary.

I know what you’re thinking, “The foreign secretary did a gaffe, no surprise there.”

But remember, it’s not Boris now.

Jeremy Hunt was on a trade visit to China when he said: “My wife is Japanese. Sorry, my wife is Chinese.”

Ouch. You’re the foreign secretary. The basic skill needed for the job is the ability to tell some different types of foreign.

It’s akin to if, while he was health secretary, he’d said “My wife is a doctor. No, sorry, she’s a greengrocer. Oh, I’m gonna pay for that.”

Secondly, Jeremy, when you go home you’d better memorise when your anniversary is, because that’ll come up, trust me.

Thirdly, why would your wife being Chinese help you negotiate?

When I get a quote from a plumber I don’t say, “Oh, by the way, my girlfriend wears her jeans way too low as well.”

I know other politicians have done far worse.

George W Bush once said: “The trouble with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.”

Ed Balls tweeted Ed Balls and Theresa May said, “Brexit means Brexit,” which must’ve been a typo.

I think it’s good that Jeremy Hunt knows what it is like when a slip of the tongue could end your career, because thanks to his surname, we broadcasters have been walking that tightrope for years.

@mrstevenallen

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