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Reading Tintin Comics in Hospital


Bleeding Cool has received reports that Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson MP, has received copies of his favourite Tintin comics to read in hospital. Boris, who was infected with the coronavirus, was hospitalised into intensive care and given oxygen to support his breathing. He is now undergoing a long recovery procedure at St Thomas' Hospital, but as well as walking and talking, he has been watching movies in bed and reading the Tintin comics by the side of his bed, sent to him by his family. He has stated to friends that he owes his life to the NHS medics who cared for him and said 'I can't thank them enough.' Previously having been given a 50/50 chance of survival, he has now been moved into a general care ward.

Boris Johnson has been reading Tintin comics in his hospital bed.
Boris Johnson has been reading Tintin comics in his hospital bed.

Boris Johnson was a journalist before he was a politician and it seems that Tintin was an influence on that earlier career decision. Two years ago, when Foreign Secretary, he was spotted by the Daily Telegraph going jogging in a T-shirt emblazoned with insults in French used by Tintin's Captain Haddock, interpreted as a dig at the EU. The phrases were translated into English as "Thundering typhoons", "blistering barnacles", "scoundrels" and more. Last year, the back of his car was photographed, which included a discarded copy of Tintin And The Blue Lotus in the original French.

It's not the only time Boris Johnson has shown his love for comic books, he's compared Britain – and himself – to the Incredible Hulk after coming out of the European Union before. He has also been compared to a Beano comic book character before now. One commentator on the TV show Have I Got News For You on which Boris made his name, stating that if you held him by his ankles and shook hard, that all that would spill out would be toffee and conkers. In our household however, he will be best known for giving my youngest daughter a blue balloon when he was canvassing for London Mayor. I may not have voted for him, but he remains the cartoonist's friend.

'Carry On Boris' cartoon by Rich Johnston.
'Carry On Boris' cartoon by Rich Johnston.


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About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.