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Sunday 28 February 2016

Tory Bullying - Family Fights Back

After the clumsy smear attempted last week by a close and long-standing friend of Young Britons’ Foundation head man Donal Blaney, which tried to dump the blame for the death of Tory activist Elliott Johnson on his parents, it was inevitable that the Johnson family would have something to say. To no surprise, this has happened via the Mail On Sunday and its legendarily tenacious political editor Simon Walters.
The article tells that “The parents of the Tory activist whose suicide sparked a bullying scandal last night hit back at claims that his death was linked to a family row over him being gay … Ray and Alison Johnson released a heart-rending suicide note in which their son Elliott repeatedly tells them he loves them, thanks them for their ‘awe- inspiring help’ – and signs off with 16 kisses”. Then came the clincher.

The note suggests the main cause of his death was bullying triggered by a vicious Tory power struggle – as well as losing his job and going broke as a result”. This tallies with the statement given to Zelo Street yesterday by one of Elliott Johnson’s friends, which told that after being made redundant, “Elliott found himself stranded in London with rent to pay and no income, which is no way to treat a vulnerable young man”.

Ray Johnson has seen the leak of a Police report, and correctly deduced “it looks like a smear”. It is also another example of the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday taking deliberately opposing positions on issues as part of the proxy war between editors Paul Dacre and Geordie Greig, something highlighted by Private Eye magazine some time ago. Ray Johnson is particularly annoyed at suggestions the family rowed over Elliott’s sexuality.

Indeed, he has told the MoSHe told us he was definitely gay about two years ago. By then, we had all got used to it and Elliott had a happy three years at Nottingham University where he was very popular. He was more mature and when he got a job with Conservative Way Forward in June, it was a dream come true … He was working in politics, getting paid for it and living in London. He had never been happier”.
Sadly, though, those accused of the campaign of bullying are still trying not only to offload blame, but rehabilitate their reputations: today, for reasons best known to those producing the programme, Mark Clarke’s henchman André Walker has been allowed on to the BBC’s Sunday Politics, and has already pre-recorded his contribution.

This is what he had to tell the world earlier: “Over the last few months some people have deleted me from Facebook because so many bad things have been said about me. You have all given me a chance to go through the process then explain myself. The Coroner’s investigation is over [!] and I will be on the Sunday Politics tomorrow. I hope you’ll feel vindicated about sicking [sic] with me when you see it”.

The Coroner’s “investigation” has not even started. And, although one cannot object to free dissenting speech, there is something disquieting about Walker being given a platform when the person at the centre of the affair is no longer here to tell his story.

The Elliott Johnson story is not over yet, and will not be even after André Walker has appeared on the Sunday Politics. There is a great deal more to come, and some of it will not make easy reading. More on the story as and when.


Anonymous said...

"... issues as part of the proxy war between editors Paul Dacre and Geordie Greig..."

It's not proxy. It's a phony war. A phony "controversy" to demonstrate "free speech" at Rothermere's Rags. And a two faced attempt to sell more rags.

As for the appearance on Sunday Politics...just par for the course in the Beeb's right wing propaganda. Ask Neil. Ask Robinson. Ask Esler. Ask Paxman. Ask Pienaar. Ask Marr. Ask Maitlis. Ask Davis. Ask all the others queuing up to put the boot in on a prone street casualty. It's how the craven gang of hypocritical cowards pay their ponzi London mortgages.

Crispin Fisher said...

The Sun on-line has just put up a story claiming that Elliot left behind a letter branding himself a failure. Funnily enough no reporter his prepared to have their name associated with the story.

rob said...

No surprise from the BullyingdonBoysClub Band running this country c/o the Bullies@NewsCorpseruleOK.

Observer said...

Bullingdon Boys Club.

That acronym is rather

A. Coincidental
B. Intended
C. Unfortunate