As Zelo Street told yesterday, our free and fearless press knew the identity of the “mystery blonde” currently enjoying the attentions of London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. They knew he was old enough to be her father. They knew several months ago. They knew this affair was interfering with his duties as Foreign Secretary. And they cynically held back the story to protect their fellow journalist.
It is not even in the realms of possibility that the media establishment did not know that Bozza was seeing former Tory spinner Carrie Symonds. The Murdoch Sun cannot have missed the story: Ms Symonds was the long-term partner of the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, the paper’s alleged “Westminster Correspondent”.
Cole has undeservedly become part of the lobby: hence the lobby knew. That means not just the press, but every broadcaster who has a lobby representative. Yet there is already a move to skate over Bozza’s extra-curricular activities: it’s his private life, it’s a terrible tragedy for the family, but we should move on. This is complete bullshit.
Bozza was in charge of the FO for most of the time he was seeing Ms Symonds. What if he had, instead, been distracted by Olga Legova from Samara? Or did everyone forget about John Profumo? Carrie Symonds was, until very recently, a senior Tory Party spinner. What about the possibility of her giving Bozza the inside track on his opponents, and indeed on Theresa May herself? The potential for corruption is obvious.
Happy couple no more? Oh dear, how sad, never mind
Then we come to the obvious comparator: what if it had been a senior Labour, Lib Dem, SNP or indeed MP of any other party? Indeed, what if it had been a Tory who was not a journalist, not one of the press’ own, or not of any use to them (pace John Whittingdale)? Would they all have kept schtum for more than half of this year? We know the answer to that one: no they bloody well wouldn’t. It would have been out there months ago.
But, you may say, it’s the press that put it out there now, so they can’t be protecting Bozza, can they? Oh yes they can. The only reason, as I pointed out last week, to put this news out there now is as damage limitation in advance of Bozza challenging Ms May for the Tory leadership. 10 Downing Street knew about the relationship, and indeed had all the dirt on The Goat Who Would Be King. So it’s just a case of getting in first.
February. The press knew in February
Having a Foreign Secretary whose behaviour makes David Lloyd George look like a rank amateur - to the extent of being a potential security risk whose mind, as it were, is elsewhere when it should be on his work - is not merely newsworthy, it is scandalous. But our free and fearless press - as well as representatives of every broadcaster - knew all about it and said nothing. That tells you all you need to know about them.
Once again, the conclusion is that our media establishment is broken. We only get from them what they agree to let us know. And that’s not good enough.
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