Boris Johnson strikes blow for free speech winning Spectator's president Erdogan obscene limerick competition

Former London mayor Boris Johnson has won The Spectator’s £1,000 competition to compose an obscene limerick featuring Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The competiton mocks Turkey’s draconian laws curbing criticism of the president. And it follows a German comedian being prosecuted for reciting a rude poem about Erdogan on a late night comedy programme.

This week a Turkish journalist was jailed for 20 months and deprived of the custody of her children after publishing a video of a court case related to allegations of illegal arms shipments to Syria.

Johnson’s entry for the competition came via an inteview with Swiss weekly magazine Die Weltwoche.

There was a young fellow from Ankara

Who was a terrific wankerer

Till he sowed his wild oats

With the help of a goat

But he didn’t even stop to thankera.



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