Cheese Queen Liz Truss made a very interesting revelation to Andrew Marr about the renovation of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat.
But it wasn’t in what she said – it was in what she didn’t.
Referring to a claim by former prime ministerial advisor Dominic Cummings that Johnson encouraged Tory donors to help pay for the redecoration, she said he had funded the changes himself.
This is entirely in line with what Cummings stated. He said Johnson had planned “to have donors secretly pay for the renovation”. What better way for them to do so than by giving money to Johnson, which he could then pay towards the changes as if the cash had come from him?
Liz Truss repeatedly says the PM has “personally met the cost” for the No 10 flat refurb. But she *doesn’t* say whether he borrowed the money from a Tory donor first. #Marr
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) April 25, 2021
You see, when This Site reported on the funding of the redecoration job last month, the issue was why Johnson had not declared the money that had been spent on it. I wrote:
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has been accused of having misled Parliament by failing to provide details of funding for renovations to his official Downing Street flat.
The allegation is that private donations to the Conservative Party totalling £60,000 have been used as part of £200,000 worth of refurbishments to the flat.
If so, it should have been reported to the Electoral Commission, because the Ministerial Code demands that “a statement covering relevant Ministers’ interests will be published twice yearly”. The last such statement appeared last July, eight months ago.
I went on to say it seemed clear that Johnson had knowingly breached the Code in failing to declare the sources of funding for the flat.
That in itself, for MPs, is a resignation-level offence.
If donors had provided the money for this purpose, that would also have put Johnson in breach of the Ministerial Code because it isn’t allowed.
But how would Johnson have been able to afford it, otherwise?
It isn’t very long since we heard Johnson was complaining that his prime ministerial salary wasn’t enough to pay for all his outgoings:
On the personal front sources say Johnson is complaining about money. He is still supporting four out of his six children, has been through an expensive divorce and had his income drop by more than half as a result of fulfilling his lifetime ambition https://t.co/JGe3D91tOX
— The Times (@thetimes) September 19, 2020
And he suddenly had enough in his back pocket to fork out (allegedly) £60,000 to wallpaper a government-owned flat?
Don’t mock my intelligence, Cheesy Liz.
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