Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician and writer serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. He was Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.
Boris Johnson: the power to oust this charlatan lies with voters
Jonathan Freedland’s analysis (Scandal upon scandal: the charge sheet that should have felled Johnson years ago, 30 April) is as timely as it is forensic, reminding the electorate that the prime minister is a serial liar,
whose continuation in his role is dependent on a combination of his carefully burnished blokeish image, contempt for said electorate, and surrounding himself with sycophants, most of whom model themselves on their leader.
In such a cosy context of contempt, any demand for them to even pay lip service, let alone adhere, to the Nolan principles of ministerial behaviour is a hopeless cause. Boris Johnson made much in his pre- and post-Brexit speeches of the opportunity for the UK to present an EU-free swashbuckling image across the globe
– the overall image portrayed in recent weeks and months has, if anything, trashed the country’s reputation. As Freedland rightly concludes, while such behaviour is indeed shameful, so too is the gullibility of the electorate in allowing themselves to be so readily duped. The answer lies in our hands, starting on 6 May.
Like the figures in Richard III’s nightmare, readers of Jonathan Freedland’s impressive charge sheet will “throng to the bar, crying all, ‘Guilty!’, ‘Guilty!’”. But many, like me, will reject Freedland’s conclusion that “some of the shame [for Boris Johnson’s success] is on us”. It is a safe bet that no one who read to that final sentence, has ever cast a vote for Johnson.
Analysis of Brexit voting patterns showed that very few people with a university degree, and hardly anyone with A-levels, voted to leave the EU – to that one could add most Guardian readers. Johnson’s lies, and a depressing admiration for the way he tells them, deluded a specific section of the electorate then, just as it continued to delude them in the “red wall” seats in the last election.
The result is a government that can flaunt its lies, sleaze, corruption and incompetence, and yet retain the loyalty of its support base. But I can hardly be alone in resenting the invitation to indulge in communal self-flagellation for a situation for which I have no responsibility.
I enjoyed reading Jonathan Freedland’s summary of Boris Johnson’s dishonesty until I got to the last paragraph, which nearly made me spill my coffee: “Or maybe the real scandal lies with us, the electorate, still seduced by a tousled-hair rebel shtick and faux bonhomie that should have palled years ago.” Who does he imagine he is talking to? Maybe there are some Guardian readers who could recognise themselves in this use of the word “us”, but they must be a very tiny minority. Don’t insult your readers, please, Jonathan.
Familiarity and affinity biases may be part of why Boris Johnson gets away with it. It’s the “devil you know” attitude. The likeable rogue has been around in English literature for a long time and its eccentricity seems to be appealing to many people. One way we could start to influence perceptions is by refusing to use the man’s first name; the cuddly bear aura is only increased by it.
I was touched by Aditya Chakrabortty’s heartfelt article (29 April). I am 97 this year, and have lived through the war and a lot of political turmoil over the years, but never have I felt more ashamed to be English, being represented by such a charlatan as Boris Johnson and his cronies, and their crass actions. It feels very personal that he can be so casual with our lives and livelihoods. I deserve better than this, and so does the British public.
A tryst, an exposé, a resignation: Britain’s latest political turmoil has painfully exposed problems of poor leadership. It’s a narrative we’ve all seen before: a government that appoints its friends to high places, officials who break their own rules and behave as if there is one rule for them and another for us.
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BORIS Johnson has tied the knot for a third time, after secretly marrying Carrie Symonds in May 2021.
The former Tory press officer and mother of the Prime Minister’s son Wilfred is just the latest woman to have been romantically involved with Boris.
In 1987 Boris, 56, married girlfriend Allegra Mostyn-Owen who he had met during their time at university when they were both 23.Journalist Sebastian Shakespeare suggested Boris was regretting proposing to his childhood sweetheart before they tied the knot.
Allegra is the daughter of Italian writer Gaia Sevadio and art historian William Mostyn-Owen and grew up in Aberuchill Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. By the time she met Boris in the 1980s she had already graced the cover of Tatler magazine. Her mother claimed the pair were not compatible from the start and they divorced after six years of marriage.
She said: “Boris is a man who needed someone very obedient and silent, who would be willing to stay in the background and create a soothing home life, while giving him space to build a glittering career. My daughter wasn’t that kind of person.”
The pair never had children and shortly after their divorce was finalised Johnson married his second wife Marina Wheeler. Allegra did not remarry until 2010 when she tied the knot with a Pakistani man 22 years younger than her. She is now believed to be running workshops for young Muslims at a London mosque.
High-flying barrister Marina Wheeler was Boris’s second wife and the mother of four of his children. It was reported that she was pregnant with their eldest child Lara when the couple married on May 8, 1993 – allegedly 12 days after his first divorce.
Marina is the eldest daughter of BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler and his Indian wife Dip Singh. She was appointed to the Queen’s Council in 2016 and specialises in human rights within public law. She studied at the European School of Brussels and attended Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and met Johnson while at school.
Their marriage was rocked by his infidelity and in 2018 they announced their separation after he had been spotted having an affair with Conservative PR guru Carrie Symonds.n The affair led to their eldest daughter Lara branding her father a “selfish b*****d”. Marina and Boris finalised their divorce in May 2020, with his cheating cited as the reason.
During his marriage to Marina, Boris had several affairs, many of which caught the attention of the media The first of was with society writer Petronella Wyatt – leaving Marina furious. He secretly romanced her while he was editor at The Spectator and she was one of his columnists for four years. Petronella later said she had an abortion and suffered a miscarriage.
When the affair became public knowledge Boris was forced to quit as shadow arts minister and party vice-chairman in 2004 by the then-Conservative leader Michael Howard for not telling the whole truth about his indiscretion. Furious Marina threw him out of their home over it, but later took him back.
Boris was rumoured to have been having an affair with Anna Fazackerly at the same time as his fling with Petronella. But his affair with the Times Educational Supplement journalist was never proved.
His marriage was later blown apart by a third affair with arts consultant Helen Macintyre in 2009 which caused Marina to throw him out of their home again. Eventually his wife relented and took him back for a second time.
However in 2013, following a court battle, it was revealed that Boris had fathered a child during the fling with Helen. It is not believed he has had any contact with the girl, named Stephanie.
Johnson’s affair with Conservative PR guru Carrie Symonds led to the end of his marriage with Marina. He was snapped enjoying a romantic dinner with the former Tory aide on Valentine’s Day. When the affair hit the papers the Tory MP called Carrie and vowed to protect her.
It is claimed Marina found out about the affair before it hit the headlines through messages she found on his mobile. Since the split from his second wife, his and Carrie’s relationship was called into question when a recording of a vicious row was released to the Guardian by neighbours of the pair in their South London flat.
In the recording, Boris can allegedly be heard refusing to leave the flat and telling his girlfriend to “get off my f***ing laptop” before a loud crash is heard. After the recording emerged the pair put on a united front and refused to comment on the row.
Boris and Carrie tied the knot on Saturday, May 29, 2021.mThey had planned to wed in the summer of 2022, but moved the nuptials up and married in secret at Westminster Cathedral.
Around 30 guests were in attendance, all receiving their invitations shortly before the wedding, with the couple’s baby son in Wilfred in 2020 also at the ceremony.
Which make me think how thick and stupid his wife is , does she think Boris will be faithful to her? She is by far the most ugly from all his wives put together she is a joke if she thinks that she is going to end up divirced and she has got no choice mark my words, In six months when we the people take Boris down and in prison I hope when Boris will be nothing he is going to run for miles away from that horse – teeth to die for- she is a moron if she thinks he is gonna stay with her for goiod.