Image: Willy Stöwer, 1912 Image: Willy Stöwer, 1912

Boris Johnson says that Brexit can be a titanic success.

News just in, the greatest passenger ship in history has sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. Okay, well the news wires are a bit slow around here.

There are many on this planet who did not know about the Titanic sinking – including every life form that is not a member of the human race, and a large number of small children. It turns out that Boris Johnson didn’t know about it either.

He was presenting George Osborne – a man who had heard of the Titanic – with an award at the Spectator Magazine’s Parliamentarian of the Year ceremony.

It was all a bit of a laugh. Mrs May won the award of politician of the year – you could say she has done quite well this year. And she wore a hard hat and one of those high visibility jackets, for the occasion and joked “Oh, come on. We're all builders now."

As for Boris, he accepted his award saying: “In the words of our great prime minister... I understood that Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a Titanic success of it."

He qualified his statement saying "colossal success".

Now, you may have noticed, Boris Johnson comes across as a bit of a polymath he certainly appears to have a vocabulary to put most of us to shame.

Yet, he apparently did not know that the word ‘Titanic’ has a double meaning.

Some might say, that our Boris also knows about Sigmund Freud and Freudian slips – perhaps that was closer to the truth, or perhaps it was no slip at all.

Maybe, in a few years’ time, Boris may yet stand at the bow of the HMS Great Britain, and proclaim: “I am the king of the world.”