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News Coverage
May 20, 2016

‘There Was a Young Fellow From Ankara . . .’

by
Henry Jackson Society

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal.

The results are in from Britain and the winner is Boris Johnson. No, the U.K. hasn’t left the European Union; that referendum isn’t until June 23. But the irrepressible Brexit-favoring Conservative ex-mayor of London has prevailed in a different contest that also concerns Britain’s relationship to Europe and basic democratic principles: He has written the best dirty limerick insulting the president of Turkey. It begins: “There was a young fellow from Ankara . . .” We can’t quote the rest of it here, but it is worth reading…