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    We Asked Boris Johnson's Dad To Define "Jiving Funkapolitan Melting Pot"

    BuzzFeed News needed some help deciphering the foreign secretary's speech, so turned to to his father.

    Boris Johnson delivered his speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham on Sunday, where he used the phrase "jiving funkapolitan melting pot".

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    BuzzFeed News wasn't quite sure what exactly the foreign secretary meant by this phrase, so we thought we would ask for help from five Tory members attending the conference. Oh, including the man who knows him best – his dad.

    Robin Wight, Conservative activist.

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    BF: What did you think of the speech?

    It's a really interesting new Boris. He did have his jokes – he had the best joke of all about elephants and tusks and [president of the European Council] Donald Tusk. His central point is a serious point though, we forget the soft power that Britain still has and the influence that Britain still has.

    BF: Do you know what a jiving funkapolitan melting pot is?

    That I couldn't understand.

    Tony Thompson, Conservative activist.

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    BF: What did you think of the speech?

    I thought it was quite good. I thought he might do more about Brexit but I think Theresa [May] decided she wanted to say what was going to be said and didn't leave much space for the rest.

    BF: Do you know what a jiving funkapolitan melting point is?

    Say it again.

    BF: A jiving funkapolitan melting pot.

    No I don't. I've heard of melting pots but the rest passes me by.

    Stanley Johnson, Boris Johnson's dad.

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    BF: What did you think of the speech?

    I thought it was absolutely first rate – it was superb. It hit all the nails on the head but at the same time managed to be amusing and uplifting.

    BF: Do you know what a jiving funkapolitan melting pot is?

    That was very good, that was very good. That's London, that's his description of London. A jiving funkapolitan melting pot. I loved it, I loved it. [Stanley Johnson starts pondering the letters in turn.] Jay – Eff – Em; A JFM – a bit like a JCB but more fun.

    Dominic Kalantary, Conservative activist.

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    BF: What did you think of the speech?

    I was very pleased with what Theresa May said, and it really reiterated what she said earlier on and now we know exactly when Article 50 is going to be invoked. A really great opening to the conference and I hope it continues.

    BF: He used a phrase "jiving funkapolitan melting pot". What do you understand from that, what does it mean?

    Phrases can often be used all the time. i don't know what the context was of that phrase. These phrases can be used and I don't know exactly what it means.

    Travis Frain, Conservative activist.

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    BF: What did you think of Boris's speech?

    I enjoyed it. He makes quite a lot of puns and you can tell he's doing it for comic effect. Compared to a lot of other speeches which were all policy based, it helps bring people in a bit I think.

    BF: What's a jiving funkapolitan melting pot?

    Not a clue.