Istanbul Letter: Lunch with Boris Johnson’s Turkish cousin

BoJo is the great-grandson of Ali Kemal, a politician in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire

Strictly speaking, a Turk? Boris Johnson on the Brexit campaign trail in London on May 12th. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Strictly speaking, a Turk? Boris Johnson on the Brexit campaign trail in London on May 12th. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

I’m late for lunch in Beylerbeyi on the Asian side of Istanbul, but Sinan Kuneralp is the perfect gentleman.

Courteous to a fault, he’s worried about wasting my time. “I suppose if Boris does become Britain’s next prime minister, there could be some interest,” he says, almost apologetically. “But, are you sure it’s really news?”

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