In a surprise appointment, Boris Johnson is set to become the new editor of the Daily Telegraph while staying on as UK Foreign Secretary.

“If George Osborne can be editor of the London Evening Standard, I don’t see why I can’t be editor of the Telegraph,” said the flaxen-haired Old Etonian.

“I do have to travel a bit with my job as Foreign Secretary but that can only be a benefit to my readers as I will be able tell them what I’ve been up to.”

Johnson was refreshingly candid about his primary motivation for taking the job.

“People don’t seem to realise that I took a huge pay cut when I gave up writing my column for the Telegraph to become Foreign Secretary.

“I need to get back on the gravy train or I’ll be left behind.”