Commonwealth Games: Boris Johnson humiliates France and Germany in a hilarious speech | Politics | New
The Prime Minister has mocked the two rival countries on the continent for not following Team GB’s success at the Olympics and Paralympics since 2012. Teasing gently, he even suggested the pair should be allowed to compete at the Commonwealth Games with the rest of the EU.
Mr Johnson told the Commonwealth Business Forum in Birmingham: ‘Never forget that since London 2012 this country has been – I think I’m right, I haven’t checked the stats but it’s too good to be verified – this country has been at or near the top of the world medal table. Right? I think so.
“An incredible feat for a country that represents only 0.87% of the world’s population.
“I think we have regularly beaten France.
“Each time, we consistently beat Germany.”
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at the Paralympic Games, Britain finished second to China with 124 medals, including 41 gold.
France and Germany failed to even make it into the top 10.
Wishing Team GB the best at the Commonwealth Games, Mr Johnson continued: “Whatever happens to these games, I know they will be an incredible success.
“We will harness the spirit of Birmingham 2022 to drive jobs and growth here in the West Midlands and across the country for a generation to come.”
The Commonwealth is made up of 56 different countries, the vast majority of which made up the British Empire, and is home to 2.5 billion people across the globe.
Over the next 11 days, more than 5,000 athletes will compete in 280 events in 19 sports.
The Games open today and are expected to be the UK’s biggest sporting festival since the London Olympics a decade ago.
The UK shelled out £778million to pay for hosting the games, but Mr Johnson said he was confident the legacy would be worth it.
“People say, can we afford it? Should we have done it with the pressure on the cost of living? Will there be a legacy of the £778 million of taxpayers’ money that has been devoted to these Games?” he said.
“And so now I want you to know that I’m here to tell you that I’m extremely confident that the answer to that question is yes.
“A thousand times, yes. I say that because I remember, almost exactly 10 years ago, a moment of identical nervousness just before the start of the London 2012 Games.”
He said the legacy of the Olympics in the capital still brought “thousands of jobs, growth and regeneration” to this day.