Jeremy Paxman: Boris Johnson someone ‘you wouldn’t trust alone with your sister’

Jeremy Paxman has said Boris Johnson is someone "you wouldn't trust alone with your sister".

He has also branded his predecessor Theresa May a "cornucopia of failure".

The feared interviewer has said that the standard of prime ministers is going down, along with the calibre of MPs.

Paxman has said that he believed David Cameron to be the worst British leader for his decision to hold a referendum on EU membership.

The former Newsnight presenter has said that his successors as prime minister have lowered the bar further.

Writing in Radio Times he said: "I used to think that David Cameron was the worst prime minister in modern times.

"Then he was succeeded by that cornucopia of failure, Theresa May.

"Now we find ourselves required to entrust the country to a man you wouldn't trust alone with your sister."

Paxman has said much of the Brexit impasse is due to handing over powers from Parliament, and there needs to be sweeping changes in order to tackle the mediocrity of the political class.

He has called for limited terms for MPs, and the need to have held a real job before entering Parliament.

The writer and broadcaster has questioned the abilities of the current crop of MPs.

He said: "Have we ever had a worse bunch in Parliament?

"There comes a point when the citizen begins to suspect that what's wrong with political life is not a matter of individual failure, but of some rot deep within the system."

Paxman has also called to parliament to ditch its dated traditions, and for sittings to take place somewhere "plugged in" to the nation.

The full column can be read in Radio Times, out today.

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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump and Brigitte Macron and French President Emmanuel Macron join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, Brigitte Macron and French President Emmanuel Macron join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
French President and G7 host Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte are seen in a meeting during the G7 Summit in Biarritz today.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
(left to right) Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Council President Donald Tusk for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) joins other World Leaders and their spouses for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a TV interview ahead of bilateral meetings as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Council President Donald Tusk for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting US President Donald Trump for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a TV interview ahead of bilateral meetings as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
US President Donald Trump attends the first working session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a working session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a G7 and Africa partnership session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a working session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets US President Donald Trump for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) joins other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting India PM Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting India PM Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting President of Chile Sebastian Pinera for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
BIARRITZ, FRANCE - AUGUST 24: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron during a G7 coordination meeting with the Group of Seven European members at the Hotel du Palais on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain's departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) chats with US President Donald Trump (2ndR) as French President's wife Brigitte Macron clutches the hand of US First Lady Melania Trump (L) at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - EU leaders rounded on US President Donald Trump over his trade threats at a G7 summit in France overshadowed by trans-Atlantic tensions and worries about the global economy. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French Gendarmes detain a man during a demonstration in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R), and his wife Brigitte welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) and his wife Akie Abe at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R), welcomes Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (L), and his wife Brigitte welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Photojournalist take pictures as three protesters tear down a barricade during demonstration in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the nearby seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte welcome Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019 on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - EU leaders rounded on US President Donald Trump over his trade threats at a G7 summit in France overshadowed by trans-Atlantic tensions and worries about the global economy. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French CRS riot police stand by in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, ahead of expected protests on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man lobs a stone (top) during a protest in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Around 10.000 people took part in the no G7 demonstration on August 24th in Hendaye (France). The protest was part of the actions against the G7 summit which takes place in the French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz from August 24 to 26, 2019. (Photo by David Speier/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) speaks with France's President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the Bellevue in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)
People play drums during a demonstration in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by GAIZKA IROZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read GAIZKA IROZ/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes stand guard next to mesh movable barriers and check people at the entrance of the Vieux Bayonne district in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BIARRITZ, FRANCE - AUGUST 24: (L-R) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron take their seats during a G7 coordination meeting with the Group of Seven European members at the Hotel du Palais on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain's departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
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