The claim is that Boris Johnson tried to hire his current wife as his chief of staff – with a £100,000-a-year salary – while he was foreign secretary and married to somebody else.
It said the idea had fallen apart when his closest advisers learned of it.
It was published as a news story in The Times, early on Saturday – but was suddenly withdrawn amid rumours of a high-level government intervention.
A MailOnline rewrite has also been removed without explanation, and news aggregation sites have deleted their copies of this article.
But if Boris Johnson – or any of his aides – had hoped to suppress the story, they may now be reeling from the discovery that their heavy-handedness has had the opposite effect.
It is apparently known as The Streisand Effect: efforts to delete a story from the internet make the public much more interested in it.
a No 10 source also said the story was untrue – and suggested it was sexist.
“This is a grubby, discredited story turned down by most reputable media outlets because it isn’t true. The facts speak for themselves.”
and the report’s original author, Simon Walters
told the Guardian: “I stand by the story. I went to all the relevant people over two days. Nobody offered me an on-the-record denial and Downing St didn’t deny it off the record either,”
the public are having a barrel of fun at the expense of the prime minister – and his wife:
It is four years since I worked for The Times. Sometimes I hear stuff … but I don't know why this story on Carrie Johnson was cut after being published in early editions.
Yet cut it was. How are readers supposed to trust a paper that does this without explaining why? pic.twitter.com/8W65XHkw5m
— Katherine O'Donnell (@kathy__odonnell) June 19, 2022
Boris and Carrie Johnson Forced the Media to Memory Hole an Article About Their Latest Scandal. Now, It's Trending, And It May Bring His Government Down. https://t.co/7zosLOKlv3
— Tina Wight (@TinaWight2) June 19, 2022
Don't mention the Carrie Johnson injunction.
I did once but I got away with it.#Carriegate
— Albert Ridsdale (@ridsdaleishere) June 19, 2022
Just look up #Carriegate on Twitter and you’ll see a lot of people having a lot of fun.
And of course the story raises questions that deserve answers.
If Johnson really did try to install the woman who was his then-lover into a high-paying job at his government department (which seems a common practice, looking at someone whose name sounds like Hat Mancock) while he was married to someone else, what does that say about his morals?
That’s why This Writer likes the tweet that suggests Johnson should just go the whole hog and appoint her as his new ethics advisor.
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