While Ed Miliband was Labour leader, the Daily Mail, under the less than benign editorship of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, attacked him via his late father Ralph. More recently, Miliband’s successor Jeremy Corbyn was the target of a hatchet job biography by ultimate bad faith actor Tom Bower. Now the two attack lines have come together to go after alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
We are then told that this is the “Political book of the year”, which, along with calling Bower a “top investigative author” is inflating this particular soufflé way beyond the limit of viability, but that is not the real story here. Less than a year after his General Election triumph, we are now being told that Bozo has somehow become “not the Boris people voted for”. The right-wing press would not have bothered with this book last December.
Then comes a revealing snippet: “Marina [Wheeler] blamed Stanley for her marriage’s collapse and refused to speak to him. Like Boris’s first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, she said that Boris’s adultery mirrored his father’s habits. The same unhappiness Stanley had spread among his own children, Marina said, was being repeated by Boris towards his four children with her”. Students of recent US Presidential history will recognise the parallel.
Old Joe Kennedy mistreated women horribly; both Jack Kennedy and his younger brother Teddy were appalling womanisers. It was said that JFK, who bedded three women on the night of his inauguration - none of whom was his wife - was a man able to make love with one eye on his watch. But Bozo is not JFK. He’s an increasingly sad figure.
Everyone already knew Bozo couldn’t keep his pants zipped up, that his Dad had also screwed around, that he’d fallen out with his kids. But to have it trowelled on by an infamous smear merchant in a right-leaning paper is different. It will hurt. And it is designed to keep on hurting - until and unless he decides to quit Downing Street.
The Murdoch press suggested Bozo was finished. The Rothermere press seems to agree.