Monday, December 18th | 30 Kislev 5778


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

July 7, 2013 1:33 pm

London Mayor Receives Career Boost After Being Compared to Jewish Former PM Disraeli

avatar by Zach Pontz

Email a copy of "London Mayor Receives Career Boost After Being Compared to Jewish Former PM Disraeli" to a friend

London Mayor Boris Johnson. Photo: Facebook via Jonathan Sacerdoti's personal page.

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s prospects for becoming the UK’s next prime minister received a major boost from the country’s former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, who in a new book compares him to the UK’s first Jewish prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli.

In an excerpt published in the Daily Mail, Hurd writes that Johnson’s greatness—much like Disraeli’s— derives not from political achievements or principles, but from character and wit. Furthermore, writes Hurd, Johnson shares Disraeli’s reputation for ‘wicked’ behavior with women, and candidness.

At first noting Johnson’s public missteps, including an affair and insulting the people of Liverpool, Hurd writes “But, one way or another, Boris has nonetheless done today what Disraeli did in the 19th Century, namely raise the level of interest in politics up several pegs.”

Hurd’s book, Disraeli: Or The Two Lives, studies how the prime minister established a permanent hold on the Conservative Party despite being a “bankrupt Jewish school dropout and trashy novelist.”

Related coverage

October 1, 2017 8:23 pm

Catalonia Independence Activist: Jewish Community Split Over Secession Vote

The Jewish community in Catalonia is “heavily split” on the question of possible independence for the region of northeast Spain,...

He writes: “He held few principles which he was not ready to alter for the sake of immediate tactical gain…

“If Disraeli were alive today he would despair at the lack of courage and bravery among our political classes. These days we are subjected to parliamentary performances that border on banal.”

Mr. Johnson is “the most prominent exception who proves the rule,” Hurd writes.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Please tell your reporter that while Disraeli was born Jewish, he converted to Anglican before his Bar Mitzvah. He was not Jewish at any time in his adult life or in his career as a politician.

  • Loren Griffith

    Disraeli was not Jewish. He was a devout Anglican since his baptism at age 12.