Boris Johnson’s water cannon splurge comes back to haunt him

Boris Johnson's water cannon splurge comes back to haunt him
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Today Boris Johnson has found himself attacked on all sides with his leadership bid now seen to be over before it even began. With his fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove running against him for leader, Theresa May has used her own leadership launch to pour cold water on BoJo's ability to lead the country.

The most cutting remark came when she was asked about her ability to lead negotiations with countries like Germany. At which point she brought up Boris's track record on... buying water cannons:

'I seem to remember the last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with three nearly new water cannons.'

Mr S suspects that the £200,000 Johnson's policing deputy Stephen Greenhalgh spent on three Wasserwerfer 9000s water cannons is likely to prove the most costly purchase of the former Mayor of London's entire political career. Bought from Germany, they were found to have no fewer than 67 faults and May proceeded to take great pleasure in rejecting City Hall’s case for using them on London’s streets. Steerpike doubts this will be the last you'll hear from the Home Secretary on the matter.

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