Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Boris Johnson was a student of the classics; he should know that.
It is clear that Jennifer Arcuri feels scorned by Mr Johnson. In a new interview, she has all-but-admitted misleading the UK public about her relationship with him.
Or am I misinterpreting her comment, “I’ve been nothing but loyal, faithful, supportive, and a true confidante of yours. I’ve kept your secrets, and I’ve been your friend”?
It seems she is unhappy after Mr Johnson gave her the cold shoulder: “You’ve blocked me and ignored me as if I was some fleeting one-night stand or some girl that you picked up at a bar… I wasn’t – and you know that. And I’m terribly heartbroken by the way that you have cast me aside like I am some gremlin.”
It seems she had tried to contact Mr Johnson for advice on how to handle media attention over allegations that her relationship with him led to inappropriate awards of more than £100,000 in grants to her company, and invitations on business junkets, while he was Mayor of London.
But she had been rebuffed by an aide who allegedly said “there are bigger things at stake”.
What “bigger things”?
For one thing, she seems to be involved in the allegations of Russian intervention in the UK’s democracy – as does Mr Johnson. The allegation, as published here, is that she attended a regular “digital barbecue” arranged by one Sergei Nalobin in a bid to build ties between Russia and the Conservative Party. Other “social media influencers” alleged to have attended included Paul Staines of the Guido Fawkes blog, alt-right commentator Milos Yiannopolous and the then-MP Douglas Carswell.
Nalobin went on to launch the Conservative Friends of Russia, in an event attended by senior Tories including John Whittingdale, who was accompanied by Carrie Symonds. She now lives in 10 Downing Street, as Boris Johnson’s partner.
The relationships created by these groups seem to have benefited the Conservatives – and particularly Mr Johnson – greatly. The Canary has reported that Russian oligarchs have contributed more than £2.7 million to the party.
One of these is Alexander Temerko. Byline tells us Mr Temerko financed Mr Johnson’s campaign to become the leader of the Conservative Party, and continues: “According to Reuters, Temerko describes himself as a “friend” who would “plot” late into the night over a bottle of wine when Johnson became Foreign Secretary. He admitted to being behind early plots to remove Theresa May.”
And then there’s Mr Johnson’s relationship with newspaper proprietor – and son of a KGB spy – Yevgeny Lebedev. Mr Johnson is known to have attended Lebedev’s infamous parties in Tuscany – on one occasion, as Foreign Secretary, without his security detail. The Canary states: “That in itself could mean Johnson should be regarded as a security threat. Johnson reportedly visited the villa Palazzo Terranova four times, and flew there via Lebedev’s private jet.”
So it seems entirely likely that Russian influence may have been exerted on the EU referendum and Tory leadership campaigns, via puppets including Ms Arcuri, Ms Symonds, and Mr Johnson himself.
And now two of those people live in 10 Downing Street – one of them as the UK’s Prime Minister.
But publication of the report that could confirm all of the above – and, presumably, much more – has been delayed until after the general election, by order of Boris Johnson.
Do you think there might be something suspicious about that?
We must not be hasty – it is fundamental to UK law that people suspected of wrongdoing must be considered innocent until proven guilty.
But this is a national security issue.
I would not be happy to vote for a man with such allegations hanging over him. The fact that he was responsible for delaying the report is an aggravating factor.
But you may take a different view. It’s a free country, after all… for now.
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