Challenged over imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the foreign secretary took nearly half an hour to admit he had been wrong

It took a while, but Boris Johnson finally got around to saying sorry. Or as close to it as a narcissist can hope to get. “I apologise,” the foreign secretary said as he was dragged to the house for the second time within a week to face an urgent question about his mishandling of the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by the Iranian authorities.

Though what he was initially apologetic for was that his comments to the foreign affairs select committee could have given people the wrong impression. “My comments were unclear and should have been clearer,” Boris bumbled. As he had specifically told the foreign affairs committee that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in Iran, it was hard to see how how anyone could have interpreted that as meaning she had been on holiday with her family. But Boris moves in mysterious ways.

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