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#Carriegate – tell the truth, media hacks: Johnson DID deny trying to get his now-wife a top FO job

The UK’s news sites were full of stories saying Boris Johnson had avoided a question on whether he tried to give his now-wife Carrie a Foreign Office job, at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (June 22).

This is not true.

Here’s what happened:

Labour MP Chris Elmore asked Johnson: “Has he ever considered the appointment of his current spouse to a government post or to any organisation in the working of the royal households? Be honest, prime minister, yes or no?”

To this, Johnson replied: “I know why the party opposite wants to talk about nonexistent jobs, in the media.”

He was very clearly denying that he had tried to get Mrs Johnson a job by saying that no such job existed.

If, in the future, evidence shows that he did try to get her into a job – that one did, in fact, exist – then he will have lied to Parliament again.

This Writer hopes Parliament’s Privileges committee is paying careful attention and asks the right questions.

Source: PM avoids denying he attempted to get Carrie Johnson top Foreign Office job

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#Carriegate: Downing Street admits demanding that The Times drop Carrie Johnson story

Why is Boris Johnson’s government so determined to be dishonest all the time?

Yesterday (June 20), Downing Street was adamantly refusing to comment on whether the government had intervened to force The Times to drop its damning story about Boris Johnson wanting to hire then-Carrie Symonds into the Foreign Office for £100,000.

Now the prime minister’s office has given up its pretence and

confirmed it contacted the newspaper on Friday night and asked it to retract the story.

But:

Contrary to online speculation, there is no superinjunction or specific legal issue preventing reporting of the story.

Handy, that – it means those of us who have been repeating the story left, right and centre won’t face reprisals for doing so.

But that leaves us asking: what was the point?

This Site and others have already mentioned the so-called “Streisand Effect”, whereby efforts to remove a story from the Internet only increase public interest in it.

Has this been an enormous “dead cat” story?

Source: No 10 confirms it asked the Times to drop Carrie Johnson story

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Carriegate: the new scandal Boris Johnson is trying to silence?

Streisand Effect: Carrie Johnson.

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.

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.

So while

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:

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.

Source: Carrie Johnson and the curious case of the vanishing Times story | Carrie Johnson | The Guardian

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After #BorisJohnson denied #DowningStreetParty, we find he’s been raving it up since #Covid started

Next time I get to “have a drink” – you know, “after a busy working day” – it’s going to be a bacchanalian orgy. Who’s up for it?

(Make sure you’re Covid-tested first, mind. The Tories might be incapable of keeping us safe from Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t safeguard ourselves.)

Clearly we deserve it, and there’s no moral authority that Johnson, his government or his police can exert on us because the first two have clearly been partying in defiance of their own rules since the start of the very first Covid-19 lockdown, and the cops – by refusing to investigate/arrest/prosecute them – have shown us they are in the pockets of the politicians.

We know the Tories have been partying it up since at least May 2020 because – after Johnson insisted that he had followed all his own rules, despite evidence of him participating in rule-busting parties last December – a photo has now emerged of him at a rule-busting party in May 2020 – seven months earlier.

Clearly he and the other Tories have been at it all the time.

The image in question is at the top of the article – I’m using a version that has been labelled with the names of some of the participants so we can all see that Johnson was there with his wife Carrie and son Wilfred, Dominic Cummings (this was before they fell out), Matt Hancock and James Slack (then an advisor to the prime minister and now deputy editor of The Sun).

Challenged to justify the scene in the image, Tory government figures couldn’t even get their story straight.

Johnson himself claimed, “Those were people at work, talking about work.”

If it was a work meeting, where were the laptop computers? Where were the notepads and pens? Can you see a whiteboard anywhere? I can’t!

can see wine, cheese, Johnson’s wife and his baby son.

But Dominic Raab had already claimed that the image was taken after any work had been done. He told BBC Breakfast: “Sometimes after a busy working day people have a drink – that was not against the regulations.”

He was lying; it was. In that same lockdown a care worker who had just finished her shift was fined £200 for sitting alone in her car at a local beauty spot (according to Nadia Whittome).

There’s also this:

Indeed:

And Adil Ray made mincemeat of Raab on ITV’s Good Morning Britain:

Crucially, Johnson was in the wrong, no matter which story was right:

If this was an official government business meeting, then he had brought his wife – an unforgivable breach of the Official Secrets Act.

If it was a social gathering – in May 2020 – then it was a breach of the lockdown Johnson had imposed on the whole of the UK at that time.

Either way, Johnson and Raab both lied – Johnson about what was going on, Raab about the conditions under which it was happening:

It would be entirely appropriate to humiliate Johnson and Raab (and all the other Tory liars and rule-breakers who have been endangering us all and laughing about it) with stories of people who have suffered and died while following the demands that they ignored:

Personally, I think a better humiliation is humour; we should be mocking these entitled Tories who think they’re better than us but whose behaviour falls so far below our own standard.

Oh wait – that might have actually been a serious claim. Okay – try these:

Getting back to the point I was making at the top of this article: while I’m not about to embark on any life-threatening binges, I feel sure many may.

That’s right. Johnson has betrayed us and none of us – not even Tory voters! – can afford to give him even the slightest bit of trust.

He has to go.

And he needs to take his entire cabinet with him because they’re still backing him to the hilt and that means we can’t trust them either.

ONE MORE THING:

This is absolutely right. James Slack from The Sun, for example. He was at the May 2020 Downing Street garden party and never mentioned it – the revelation had to come from another source.

People like him aren’t news reporters. Their function isn’t to tell you what’s being done by our leaders and how it affects you.

It is to keep you under control so they can carry on doing – well, what Johnson and his cronies were doing in that picture. It’s working well, too – after all, Johnson’s still prime minister, isn’t he?

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Starmer’s shame: no comfort for acquitted Apsana – but fulsome praise for Breeder Boris

Boris’s buddy: Keir Starmer is more interested in chumming up with the prime minister, as he prepares to have his seventh, eighth or ninth child, than in providing moral and personal support to one of his own Labour MPs.

If he’s more interested in Tories, and in praising Tories, than in supporting members of his own party who have been through extremely trying times, what does that make Keir Starmer?

Apsana Begum has just been acquitted of making fraudulent housing claims after a court heard that she had been a victim of domestic abuse.

The Poplar and Limehouse Labour MP had been accused of three counts of making dishonest applications for council homes to Tower Hamlets Council.

But the charges were dropped – after 18 months of “false accusations, online sexist, racist, and Islamophobic abuse, and threats to [her] safety” – when Snaresbrook Crown Court heard her “controlling” husband was in charge of her finances and she was “shocked” to discover the paperwork was in her name.

Details are available here.

Ms Begum has been widely congratulated for her court victory – particularly in the face of sustained abuse during the entire period the case was open – by such people as former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s wife…

… and by Mr Corbyn himself:

But some were notable by their silence – and it was noticed…

… particularly when Keir Starmer published congratulations to Boris and Carrie Johnson on the announcement that they are to have another baby:

Not only is Starmer’s behaviour questionable; so is that of Boris Johnson in having another child.

He is on the record as having spoken out for population control…

… but apparently he thinks only other people – the poor, perhaps – should practise it:

What an enormous hypocrite.

Who’s paying for this new arrival, by the way?

And then there’s the sexist aspect of this:

If that last comment is right, then not only is Starmer condoning Johnson’s hypocritical, entitled “one rule for me…” elitism; not only is he a sexist for praising Johnson over behaviour that would cause a woman to be shunned and ridiculed; but he is also colluding in the deception – by distraction – of the UK’s population.

I want to know about these Russian donations! And I want to find out more about these vaccine passports too. Instead I find myself having to draw attention to this, because it raises serious questions about Starmer’s status as Leader of the Opposition.

How can he oppose Johnson when he’s so busy helping him?

Will somebody please clear this squatter out of the Labour Party leadership?

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Why is it headline news that a minor public servant’s wife is pregnant?

Reality Check: Boris Johnson having another baby? He’s still a baby himself!

Apparently Boris Johnson’s latest wife is pregnant again.

The announcement came from her and is therefore more likely to be true than if it came from him – although we can’t really be sure until we get confirmation from a doctor.

But the BBC has made this headline news. Why?

He is a minor politician – a public servant of very little accomplishment; he’s not the Queen.

And her only achievement (such as it is) is being attached to him.

They do not merit this level of attention.

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Let the ridicule pile high: social media destroy Boris Johnson over Downing Street flat redecoration

Loadsamoney: the controversy over Boris Johnson’s flat has concentrated attention on the fact that Tories always find cash for their own benefit, while depriving members of the general public of the funding that a proper government should provide to them.

The Electoral Commission has announced that it is investigating the funding of redecoration work on Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, saying it has “reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred”.

And our friends on the social media have gone into satire overdrive.

Today they have targeted the prime ministerial consort, Carrie Symonds, under the hashtag #CarrieAntoinette – on the grounds that she was the driving force behind the astonishingly-expensive changes.

So we see this:

And, indeed, this:

The claim that Symonds demanded the use of wallpaper costing £840 per roll has been particularly inflammatory:

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy of being funded with huge amounts of cash to pay for the redecoration of a Tory prime minister’s flat, while the Tory government still refuses to fund safety improvements to blocks of flats afflicted with inflammable cladding that makes them as likely to go up in flames as Grenfell Tower (due to decisions by Tories, most likely):

But possibly the best snipe of the lot came from department store chain John Lewis:

The image is of a John Lewis van outside the gates of Downing Street.

The way events are moving, in a few days we’ll be seeing a removal van there.

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