Had the Murdoch mafiosi finally decided that London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson had outlived his usefulness to them? One look at today’s Sun front page, with its screaming headline “BONKING BORIS BOOTED OUT BY WIFE”, suggests they have. But all is, not for the first time, not what it seems between the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker and their Brexit-boosting asset.
The supporting article, by non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn, treads a familiar path: “Boris had been accused of cheating again on lawyer Marina who he married in 1993 … The former Foreign Secretary fathered a child in 2009 with arts consultant Helen Macintyre … And in 2004 Bojo admitted having an affair with the writer Petronella Wyatt who fell pregnant and had an abortion”. And lied about it.
Anyhow, do go on. “But both times Marina - mum to Boris’s four children Lara [Lettice], 25, Milo Arthur, 23, Cassia Peaches, 21, and Theodore Apollo, 19 - eventually took him back”. At least they didn’t name either of their sons Sue. But there’s more.
“Sources close to the ex-Foreign Secretary and his high-flying lawyer wife say Marina booted out Boris over fresh allegations he had been seeing another woman … Rumours of a split began to swirl after Marina failed to attend a family party for Cassia’s birthday … The Johnsons are understood to have parted around the time they left the grace and favour mansion at Carlton Gardens last month”. Last month, eh?
But then came the less-than-happy couple’s official statement, issued through “a family friend”, and it did not match Newton Dunn’s account. “Several months ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided it was in our best interests to separate … We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is under way … As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further”.
They have been separated for a while, then. And already the spin has begun. “Nigel Evans, a fellow Tory MP, said it was a ‘personal tragedy’ and wished them both well. He added: ‘We are in 2018, we're not in the 1950s now - things move on … People make judgements about people, they're able to distinguish between their personal lives and their public lives.’” Or, to put it another way, OH WHAT A GIVEAWAY.
What the Murdoch press has done is to engage in damage limitation - they knew what had happened, and also knew there was more bad news coming down the track for Bozza (see Zelo Street’s revelation last month, for one example), yet they want to keep their man in play for when Theresa May finally runs out of political road and the Tories bin her.
Nigel Evans let the cat out of that particular bag big time when he suggested screwing around should not be the kind of career-ending move it was for the likes of Cecil Parkinson in the 1980s and David Mellor in the 1990s. Get the story out there now, then hope everyone forgets about it when the Tory leadership contest comes round.
Well, it ain’t going to work. There is more bad news coming for Bozza, and no amount of careful news management from his pals on the 13th floor is going to save him.
But good to see the Sun revealing their preferred Tory leadership candidate.
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