After the Domestic between London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds was splashed across every newspaper yesterday morning, those in the right-leaning part of the press, for which read most of it, decided that the story had to be spun in a way that made Bozza look less of an absolute cad and bounder. This would be achieved by going after the neighbours.
Yes, yes, I know - a Domestic is still a Domestic, whoever recorded the row and whoever reported it to the Police. Plates being smashed do not mend themselves depending on the political allegiance of whoever lives in the next flat. But such is the twisted logic employed by our free and fearless press that they believe it will improve Bozza’s image if they put the boot in on the people who told the Rotten Lefties™ at the Guardian.
And so it came to pass that the Mail on Sunday told readers “'Leftist' millionaire's daughter whose playwright husband called police on Boris after recording screaming bust-up 'gave the finger' to PM-hopeful in the street - as it's revealed Johnson's girlfriend Carrie no longer feels safe at home”. Ms Symonds has been briefing the papers.
The MoS has gone full smear, too: “It says much about modern times that on hearing a commotion next door, Tom Penn - acting 'purely out of instinct' - reached for his smartphone and pressed record … Such a reaction had nothing to do, of course, with the fact that those engaged in the crockery-breaking barney just after midnight on Friday were none other than Boris Johnson and his 31-year-old girlfriend Carrie Symonds - or that the sleuthing Mr Penn and his wife Eve Leigh are avowed Remain supporters”.
THEY SUPPORTED REMAIN SO IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. Oh, and remember, they’re “Guardianista neighbours in £720,000 flat next to Carrie Symonds”. Also, “allies and friends of Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds pointed to their neighbours' anti-Brexit sentiment and 'hatred' of the Tory Party” (that last bit was made up, hence the quote marks).
Meanwhile, over at the Baby Shard bunker, the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Sunday Sun were, to no surprise at all, on the same page - because Ms Symonds had been briefing them, too. “Boris Johnson’s furious partner Carrie Symonds brands cop call a ‘stitch-up’ by leftie, anti-Brexit neighbour … Carrie, 31, has told pals she is too scared to return to her £750,000 flat after being subjected to what she believes to be a hate campaign”. And she managed to tell the Sun and MoS too, purely by coincidence.
Then we get “politically motivated … left-wing Guardian newspaper” and a whole section on “Who is lefty neighbour Eve?” who wrote something that attracted EU funding. She criticised the Government over its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, and her Twitter feed includes an RT of something by Owen Jones. SO SHE’S A BADDIE.
There is even the casual smear from the “Boris camp” that “They know Eve and her partner - and Eve has given Boris the finger on at least one occasion in the street”. Ms Symonds didn’t get where she is today without kicking a few lefties.
It’s sickening: the idea that smearing the neighbours who were concerned about their safety will make things better for Bozza and Ms Symonds. Or that judgmental articles written by several men is a sensible way of tackling potential domestic violence.
The grotesque lack of self-awareness was summed up by the loathsome Toby Young, who smirked “I got a lot of grief yesterday after describing Boris’s ear-wigging neighbours as members of the Left. No, no, I was told. They were just concerned citizens who felt a moral duty to record the row and give the tape to @guardian. Turns out, they’re members of the Left. Shock!” LEFTIES AND CONCERNED CITIZENS ARE DIFFERENT SAYS TOBES.
That further slice of tone-deaf idiocy was condemned by former prosecutor Nazir Afzal: “Stop party politicking … We spent decades encouraging victims to come fwd & witnesses to see it as a civic duty to report concerns … All this does is discourage victims, 2 of whom will be murdered this week 10 will kill themselves due to abuse … It’s an Epidemic”.
“Don’t you dare call the cops if you hear a Domestic because it might be one of our pals, and never tell the Guardian because we’ll track you down and smear the shit out of you” is today’s press message. Just how sick is our media class? Read and weep.
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