Boris Johnson missed a trick in not giving peerage to Stanley

Boris Johnson sits next to his father Stanley (left) on the Bakerloo Line while mayor of London. Pho

Boris Johnson sits next to his father Stanley (left) on the Bakerloo Line while mayor of London - Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Boris Johnson's latest peerage nominations included a number of his Brexiteer supporters, and even his own brother. But one reader thinks he should have gone further.

Despite its obvious nepotism, the awarding of a life peerage to Jo Johnson seems one of the least obnoxious aspects of the appointments by 'the people's government' addressing 'the people's priorities'.

However, I do think that the prime minister has missed a trick. If he was going to take the hit on the charge of nepotism, a better move would have been to make his father Stanley an hereditary duke.

John Davies

Colchester


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