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Monday 21 September 2020

Bozo In Italy

In the midst of two serious crises, one of his own making, with his leadership under fire, and more questions being asked about his relationship with Russian émigrés, what would be the least sensible thing for alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to do? How about nipping off to Italy to see, er, a Russian émigré?

That is exactly what Italian newspaper la Republicca has reported. “An official statement of the local airport dated September 17th claims that Mr Johnson was in Perugia ‘over the past few days’. Local airport sources exclusively told la Repubblica and Umbria publication Umbria24 that Johnson ‘travelled to Perugia’. A source reported that Johnson landed in Perugia ‘on Friday 11 September at 2 pm’. Asked by ‘Repubblica’, a No10 spokesman replied: ‘This claim is wrong.’” That’s a strangely phrased denial.

There was more. “Asked about the September 17th press release mentioning Johnson on the same day, a Perugia airport spokesman confirmed it, adding that both ‘Johnson and [Tony] Blair were here in Perugia last week’. An airport worker confirmed Johnson’s presence ‘on Friday Sept 11th or Thursday Sept 10th, I don't remember well’. Another airport source assured that the British Prime Minister arrived ‘on Friday September 11th at 2 pm and left on Monday September 14th at 7.45’”. Then there was the Zoom call.

And this is where it becomes difficult for Downing Street to wriggle out. “Later that day [September 11], the PM also had a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit: Johnson’s Internet line was remarkably poor that evening and broke down for about 20 minutes. ‘When Johnson came back on the line he joked that he should probably invest in gigabit broadband’, an MP told ‘Politics Home’”. The Politics Home piece can be read HERE.

Don't mention the Kompromat

It was John Sweeney, who has previously covered Bozo’s trips to that part of Italy, who provided the clincher. “[Johnson’s] big pal, Lordski Evgeny Lebedev, owns a palazzo … this is the place Boris goes for his Bunga Bunga parties. Remember Lebedev’s father was a Colonel in the KGB. While he was there, he made a Zoom call to Tory MPs”.

There was more. “Dealing with the virus, dealing with questions about Britain breaking international law over Brexit. The whole thing was a disaster, and for 20 minutes the internet conked out … Now that was weird, because when the British Prime Minister’s in Britain, his comms work … it’s great stuff. But this story smacks of the Italian internet, and I know how that works [laughs] and I know how it can fail”.

Also, Lebedev’s palazzo is out in the sticks, which will make coverage that bit more difficult. But back to Sweeney. “What No 10 have said is that ‘the claim is wrong’. which smacks of a non-denial denial … if Boris Johnson, in the middle of one of the greatest crises in modern British political history - a double crisis - was actually palling around with the son of a KGB Colonel in Italy, and No 10 is pretending he wasn’t, then Boris is in serious trouble”. And he’s given his enemies another reason to oust him.

The timing of the Zoom call, and the sightings of Bozo at Perugia Airport, would mean it was made when the PM was allegedly in Italy. Bozo has a fall-back excuse - that he was at his new son’s christening that weekend. But there will be no pictures of the happy event.

This is a story which may acquire its own momentum. If it does, Bozo is toast.

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Anonymous said...

"If it does, Bozo is toast."

No he isn't. Johnson is a combination of Teflon and Kevlar - indestructible.

"They" have won, Tim - and nothing will happen. Even your regular contributor who seems to think that revolution is permanently just around the corner has to concede that.

Anonymous said...

This really is Eyes Wide Shut level shit.

Though my illusion of a party of goddesses manipulating the idiot VIPs was somewhat dented by reading that Katie Price had been invited to one.


Malcolm Armsteen said...

Tim, dear boy.

He's teflon. He leaves only when he wants to hand over to Gove.

All Corbyn's fault you know.

Anonymous said...

In other news, the BBC has just "discovered"* London is a corrupt money-laundering shit hole.

Naturally it's all the fault of "Russian oligarchs".

Not a British, West European, Middle East or Yank oligarch in sight, nosirree bob. No, not them. Never. Ever.

* A bit odd they've only just stumbled on it years after Roberto Saviano said the same thing....and other reasonably informed citizens knew too. Yes, very strange....

Rosie said...

'Spun it' rather than 'span' it,Tim you wonderful persistently spot on commentator you, although the span of Bozo's fabrications must by now reach several times around the circumference of the globe if placed end to end.
I am afraid going to Italy to mingle with Lebvedev will not even dent the bouncy castle full of hot air that is Boris Johnson. Something more penetratingly sharp than that is required to deflate the monster and his monstrous Party. Rosie

Arnold said...

Well that's the problem with being a serial liar.

Anonymous said...

What a load of twaddle!

Except it was a case of mistaken identity, it was a Mr Blair that was seen at Perugia airport.

Anonymous said...

Lebedev is the rylan of the laundromat

Unknown said...

Yes, but it proves how little Boris is trusted. We have the government who cried wolf.

Anonymous said...

BBC scrambles reporter to Italy for non story fake news, ain't the MSM great!