Jeremy Hunt’s wife gaffe goes from bad to worse

Jeremy Hunt's wife gaffe goes from bad to worse
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Jeremy Hunt started his new job as Foreign Secretary with a bang on Monday with a gaffe that rivalled those of his predecessor Boris Johnson. On a visit to China, Hunt told his hosts that his wife was Japanese. The problem? She is Chinese:

‘Erm, my wife is Japanese. My wife is Chinese, sorry. That is a terrible mistake to make’

Hunt was quick to apologise – and even documented his attempts to make it up to his wife by buying her flowers:

However, Mr S suspects one bouquet won't cut it. It turns out that Hunt's wife has justification to be more than just a little bit annoyed at Hunt's slip of the tongue. Although the Cabinet minister has said he confused himself while speaking Japanese and then talking about his wife, could there be another factor? Hunt's first serious girlfriend was... Japanese. In an interview with ConHome back in 2015, he said:

'If you want to know the gory truth, my first girlfriend was Japanese. She was another student at Oxford. And thanks to her I got quite interested in Japan and then I decided to go and learn Japanese.'

Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall when Hunt gets home...

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