Boris Johnson wins prize for crude poem about the Turkish president...and a goat


It's not every day a politician wins a prize for their poetry writing.

But The Spectator magazine has declared a limerick by ex-London mayor Boris Johnson the winner of the £1,000 top prize in its President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition.

And his winning verse is about the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan having, erm, sexual relations with a goat...

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Hang on, how did this poem come about?

Well, the competition was launched after Erdogan controversially persuaded Angela Merkel to order an investigation of a German comedian for broadcasting a dirty ditty about him.

In the end, Erdogan was granted an injunction against Jan Boehermann repeating most of the verse.

Johnson - whose great-grandfather was Turkish - has been highly critical of what he called "an outrageous infringement of free speech ...that smacked of some of the darkest moments in Germany's 20th century history".

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He was challenged to come up with an entry for the contest during an interview for the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche. So he went with a limerick that referenced the original's theme of sexual relations with goats, of course...

"If somebody wants to make a joke about the love that flowers between the Turkish president and a goat, he should be able to do so, in any European country, including Turkey," Johnson told the magazine.

So, are you ready to read the winning verse? Here it is:

There was a young fellow from Ankara,

Who was a terrific w**kerer,

Till he sowed his wild oats,

With the help of a goat,

But he didn't even stop to thankera.

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Apparently Johnson was surprised the poem was formally entered to the contest but not embarrassed - he believes it's important that the free speech issue continues to be aired.

Now we're all just left wondering what he will do with his prize money...