Boris Johnson struggles to name his favorite children’s book – despite doing “a lot of parenting”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sat down for a Q&A with Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts and was faced with some tough questions – and some of his answers caused quite a stir

Boris during the Q&A
Boris took his time with the answer

Boris Johnson was grilled in a brilliant Q&A session by Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts about Partygate, lies and his upbringing.

The Prime Minister claimed it was not “responsible” that he was resigning and insisted he had not eaten any of the birthday cake served at the Partygate party.

He also spoke about being “very surprised” by his Metropolitan Police fine during the lockdown birthday party and answered several questions about being a father.

One Mumsnet user asked if Boris was an “do as I say” or “do as I do” parent, to which he simply replied that he was “doing a lot right now”, “changed a lot of diapers lately.” have”. ‘ and was ‘very quick’ at it.

Justine then asked what his favorite children’s bedtime story was – and it took her a while to get an answer.

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The Prime Minister took a moment to think and then explained that he liked books from his own childhood, with Dr. Seuss is one of his favorites.

“I like the ones I used to like, to be honest,” he said.

Boris then quoted from The Cat In The Hat Comes Back and said: “There was no time to play. There was no time for fun. This was no time for games, there was work to be done.”

He added that “there was work to be done” was the motto in Number 10.

Justin and Boris



On social media, Twitter users were not impressed by his response.

One mother wrote: “As a parent of young children, books are remembered because children keep asking for the same books. So when Johnson claimed he was doing so much with the kids, he ended up just remembering the book that *ER* liked and recommended to kids of at least 4 years old, I think he lied.”

Another wrote: “I just played this clip and my 11 year old overheard it. The moment he stopped she said, ‘You can tell he’s lying: you can tell he never spends time with his kids’. yup.”

Someone else said, “Hilarious… to see him frantically trying to think of a children’s book he may have somehow encountered… but he’s very familiar with Peppa Pig…”

Alongside those questions, Boris was also asked a question men aren’t asked, about how he balances parenting with such a demanding career.

“The more you put in, the more you get out,” he proclaimed.

“Carrie obviously does more than I do, I won’t hide that fact from you, she does far more than I do, but I think if you really sat her down and questioned her, she would admit that I do quite a bit too.”

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