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BorisGate is Beneath Us Whatever you think of BoJo, we mustn’t normalise smear tactics and tabloid nonsense

Kit Knightly

Three days ago the police were called round to the flat shared by prospective Tory leader, and likely future Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

There had apparently been reports of a loud argument, banging and yelling etc. The police talked to both the people present and then left. No one was detained, charged, cautioned. Legally speaking, there was no incident. It would not warrant a mention most of the time.

However, the same neighbours who called the police also recorded the argument and sent the recording to The Guardian.

The Guardian, who have all the class of the Daily Mail, but none of the honesty, duly published it. Red banner. Shrieking tabloid headline. At least The Sun admits what it is.

And so we have Borisgate, or rather #BorisGate.

Boris refused to answer questions about the incident the next day, and Jeremy Hunt has been piling on the pressure to produce “an explanation”. Apparently “we had a row, it’s none of your business” isn’t enough of an explanation.

Hunt’s obsession with this topic is understandable, he’s massively trailing in the leadership contest and needs all the ammunition he can get his hands on.

However, the media circus around this situation is most unusual. It is all the media want to talk about. Some papers are attacking Johnson and demanding an explanation, some are attacking his neighbours as “leftists”. The Sun is…being The Sun.

There have even been accusations of “domestic violence”, despite the fact there was – as far as we can determine – no indication of any such thing. Not from the police who were there, or from any of the people involved.

We haven’t been able to track down the audio, all we have are reported quotes in the press, and there’s very little to go on there. “Get off me” is the most contentious phrase quoted and, without context, it could mean anything.

Framing that as “domestic violence” is premature, at best.

Factual accuracy matters – even when it contradicts your personal preferences and political loyalties. There is nothing here to suggest domestic violence, and nothing good will come from saying there is.

However that didn’t stop the predictable names on twitter jumping to conclusions and fuelling the controversy:

Even the editor of The Canary (who really should know better) took part:

All of this over an “incident” that was totally meaningless. No police detention. No arrests, charges or cautions or even a sign of violence.

This is a fake scandal. Whether it was created, or simply seized upon, by the media and various “liberal” influencers on social media I don’t know. But whatever you think about Boris Johnson, his personality or his politics, this is deeply inappropriate. We’re meant to be better than this.

Is that the politics we want? A system where people are secretly recorded during their private, unflattering moments and then held up to public ridicule and censure?

Leftists who say “yes” to that question need to be careful. What’s good for Boris is good for Corbyn, we already got a taste of that during the “stupid woman” farce.

Accept this with Johnson, and in the run-up to the next General Election Tory supporters, tabloid journalists, and every other anti-Labour force will be crowding around Corbyn’s house with microphones pressed to the walls. Nobody is perfect, Corbyn will probably slip at some point.

…and even if he doesn’t, there’s no reason to assume the forces opposed to Corbyn would be bound by reality, or in any way limited to what actually happened. We already know that’s not the case.

In a world where video editing can make Nancy Pelosi appear to drunkenly slur her words, a muffled audio recording of Corbyn having an argument, saying something vulgar, offensive or (let’s play the odds here) antisemitic could be knocked up in an afternoon.

When we endorse smear tactics and media witchhunts, we make it acceptable that these tools be used against us as well as them. Do unto others…etc.

These “scandals” will create a future where we won’t debate the issues, we’ll just try and out smear each other.

And that’s even assuming that everything here is as it seems.

This scandal breaking just days before Johnson is expected to become Prime Minister is odd timing, especially when it comes hot on the heels of ex-MI6 man (and media favourite) Rory Stewart getting kicked out of the race.

The neighbours calling the police isn’t strange of itself, but recording the row is. And then they sent it to The Guardian, the Deep States mouthpiece and paper of record.

The Guardian ran their “exclusive” within a few hours (not including the recorded audio, only referencing alleged quotes, the actual audio is apparently hard to get hold of).

Since then the Graun has had seven different articles and opinion pieces about it in less than 3 days. (Correction: 9, two more appeared while this article was being written).

It’s unquestionably a roll-out, the only uncertainty it’s whether opportunistically seized upon, or cynically created.

The mainstream media don’t report things because they’re true, they don’t talk about them because they’re important and they don’t write articles because “the public need to know”. The MSM only report things that serve an agenda, true or false, real or imaginary. The narrative matters, the facts don’t.

That said, “BorisGate” is an indication that the UK Deep State has some internal rift, and that some powerful interest is very much against Johnson becoming Prime Minister. (That’s been obvious since the sudden emergence of Rory Stewart, a candidate who appeared from nowhere, has an intelligence background, and had all kinds of undeserved praise heaped on him by the BBC and everyone else).

But that is analysis for a different time – In the end, it doesn’t really matter what sits at the root of “BorisGate”. The important question is: shouldn’t we be better than this?

Isn’t the point of civilised political debate to discuss issues on an intellectual level, not hurl smears and dirt at each other? To be calm and collected, rather than emotionally manipulative and sentimental?

Either this is a genuine situation, an establishment mouthpiece paper running an hysterical story supplied to them by prying neighbours – OR it’s a Deep State psy-op hoping to influence politics

Either way, it’s nothing we should tolerate, let alone celebrate.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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ANDREW CLEMENTS
ANDREW CLEMENTS

Curious and curiouser, Brexit aint going to happen
the whole story seems to be staged

Mucho
Mucho

Yep, more divide and rule, courtesy of the masters

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

The funny thing is that even in London, there are old Labour types who want Brexit – the harder the better they say – and they think the clown is going to get it!

They have absorbed the non-stop cool-aid chem trails…

They think that the EU will be threatened by the threat to not pay the ‘divorce bill’. They don’t even see it as a legitimate divorce settlement obligation. Just like all these divorcees who try to run away from their liabilities.

They think May was wronged by the EU’s failure to withdraw the backstop – which they forget, WAS May’s idea, as were her unilateral red lines. They even blame some chap called Ollie instead of our elected govt.

They hate that we are a laughing stock even as they look forward to their two weeks on the Med.

They still think it is about immigrants and asylum seekers being enabled by the EU to come to the ‘greatest country in the Worlds history’ jumping queues to be housed – not bothering to note that 1. Most illegal immigrants into Europe DON’T come here or even want to; and
2.Most immigrants to Britain are not from the EU, dying to get here, but fly in as tourists and stay – just like the many thousands of Brits living, working and having families and criminalising in hundreds of countries across the planet.
3. They claim that the EU is imposing all these rules on us – when we are not even in Schengen (wot that?) or don’t have the €. Huh?

I repeat , those people are old salt of the earth type Labour voters (gammon wing), who are fed Farage and his message not-stop through all the media they see.

It is satisfying to bring them out of their stupor.

Tom
Tom

But how much of the media story is even true? I have lived in places with thin walls but I’d have been hard-pushed to have deciphered more than the occasional word, never mind record a conversation satisfactorily. And to do so when the row was going on… Plus the timing of the incident which could not have been more convenient for Hunt.
To me the whole thing feels like a stitch-up by the authorities, quite possibly a warning to Johnson. Has anyone checked how long those neighbours have been living there?

ANDREW CLEMENTS
ANDREW CLEMENTS

Whole story smells of bullshit , people need to remember the WMD debacle
fool me once ……………….

mark
mark

It looks like they’re going after Farage as well now, whatever you think of him.
They’ve cobbled together some kind of fraud case.
Wot a surprise.
His party wins the EU election and hey presto! A fraud case.
I’m only surprised it wasn’t rape allegations. Though that is a bit old hat now.
They did the same with Le Pen a while back.

Some people believe in the rule of law and an independent judiciary.
Some people believe in leprechauns and Father Christmas.

Mucho
Mucho

Boris is beneath us. A horrible, foul man who works for a bunch of scumbags called the Conservative Party. Just another Zionist stooge.
Boris “I am a passionate Zionist” Johnson. But don’t worry, Boris being the odious toxic twat that he is, even with the full might of the Zionist media behind him, he sucks their cock so good, but he’s too toxic and unpleasant for folk to stomach, so they have stooge number 2 lined up. He’s not really one of the boys, just an outsider, but he is willing to get on his knees and beg and be a good little boy for his Zionist owners, so its’ win win for the Zionists again. Kerching.
Here is stooge number two, Jeremy Hunt showing what a good little cocksucker he is, from the get go. Nauseating and indeed sad to watch heads of state from a former world leading power (UK) geting on their knees to suck another country’s cock and blow smoke up the ass of its reps.
Leaders my ass, their job is to suck dick.
UK’s Jeremy Hunt: Israel Is ‘an Inspiration,’ ‘Beacon of Democracy’ – GOOD DOGGY JEREMY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naLX3DBvrFg
So, people of Britain, do you want Zionist PM number one, or Zionist PM number two? I think I see how this game works

mark
mark

You can train these goy whores quite easily. Just toss them a few shekels now and again.

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong

Boris Johnson is beneath us?

So what then, we’re all Sancho Panza now?

Richael
Richael

‘perspective Tory leader’ ?? prospective Tory leader surely? I don’t agree that noises which one makes in one’s own home and which can be heard outside one’s own home are private. I don’t agree that the neighbours recording of the noises was ‘secret’ because that implies that there were persons present when they made the recording from whom they hid the fact that they were making the recording..There were no such persons present. They were in their own flat.I think that there may have been domestic violence. Who was causing it ( i.e. throwing things around) is unclear I think…so yes, the story is just interesting if you are seeking gossip!

OffG
Admin
OffG

And if someone stands outside your home at 2am, records you screaming at your partner and sends the audio to the local paper I imagine you will think ‘well it wasn’t an invasion of my privacy because they weren’t actually in my living room when they did it’.

Richael
Richael

ofcourse not! I would infact be creating a nuisance if it could be heard in the street.Ofcourse it would not be an invasion of privacy.

Richael
Richael

Ofcourse it would not be an invasion of my privacy. The noise being made is audible outside the home. Outside the home is not private. 2 am would be even more serious than 2 pm- you are supposed to be extra careful not to disturb people at that time

Monobazeus
Monobazeus
ANDREW CLEMENTS
ANDREW CLEMENTS

End of times have to start somewhere

Sackerson

Hear, hear.

Monobazeus
Monobazeus

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/politics/1561323913-likud-negotiating-potential-repeal-of-parliamentary-dissolution-media-report

Crikey, and I had hopes Armageddon had been delayed. Might buy a farm. Anywhere else but a city. Getting an itch and I don’t like itches.

Wolfe tone

I have always maintained Johnston was a fraud. His siding with the brexit side initially was designed to undermine it, not bolster it. His reward was a place in the cabinet. His latest embarrassments could indeed be a way to embarass the brexit side again and accept a remainer as prime minister. Btw, his girlfriend Carrie Symonds has the same name and looks exactly like one of the rape victims of ‘Britains most serial rapist’ John worboys. Very peculiar.

JudyJ
JudyJ

“Btw, his girlfriend Carrie Symonds…”

…and they are both the same age and studied theatre studies at Warwick University.

Wolfe tone

The same person perhaps? Peculiar how the instrusive media ain’t aware of it. All the world’s a stage springs to mind!

JudyJ
JudyJ

Hi Wolfe tone,

“The same person perhaps?”

Undoubtedly. The only observation I can make from this is that it perhaps throws a different light on the alleged exchanges between the couple, and possibly on Johnson’s reticence to talk about the incident. Who knows? But much as I have no time for Johnson’s professional behaviour, I would have no desire for them to be hounded by the media – or fellow MPs for that matter – if it means reopening old wounds for his partner.

As you say, though, I am sure there are those in the media who would not baulk at making this headline news. The Sun has today published a lengthy and detailed ‘spread’ on ‘What do we know about Carrie Symonds?’ including detailed remarks from a previous boyfriend that she was ’emotionally charged’; but there is no mention of her connection to Worboys. This wouldn’t be surprising if she had remained anonymous after that experience – and let’s face it, if that were so, we wouldn’t be discussing it here – but there were articles written about her shortly afterwards in which she was named and photographed. Either today’s media researchers are just not very good or there has been a blanket ban placed on reporting on the connection.

JudyJ
JudyJ

Wolfe tone,

Further to my last post I now see that various MSM outlets have reported on Ms Symonds, including her connection to Worboys, in recent months, most recently in a Sun article on 16 June 2019. Which makes it even stranger that it’s not been alluded to in the press in the light of recent events. It would definitely suggest a blanket ban on reporting the connection.

I must also say that it is tempting to wonder if egocentric Johnson is concerned (for various reasons) at the amount of publicity she has been getting and that may be an explanation for their ‘disagreements’ which don’t appear to be confined to this recently reported one. And it wouldn’t look good for him to admit it if that was the reason for the publicised argument.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

There was a photo in the Standard yesterday, of the bozo and his dolly bird in a garden, i’m SURE it wasn’t a setup…
https://stefanrousseau.com/p/Sgkdg

WHOOPS

Monobazeus
Monobazeus

https://southfront.org/constructing-the-narrative-google-uses-special-measures-to-limit-spread-of-non-msm-news/

Google is ya daddy.!

As for Bojo, the smear campaign is not meant to derail his ascension but rather to produce a victim centred cult attachment amongst his growing numbers of followers. It is 4d reverse psychology. The Urlords wish his seated in No. 10 and the masses must rally to his sacred victimhood because the masses need channeling into the meat grinder of WW3 and Boris the Russian family history denier is the ultimate pied piper required.

RedRobbo
RedRobbo

Of course the continuing saga of Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter is unconvincing and poorly scripted, but the last thing anyone wants right now is for an over-excited Master of the Revels to keep popping-up to warn us that ‘that woman is a woman’!

For one thing, the plot of the storyline has already been developed and moved on.

For another, taking potshots at a more popular rival is also ‘beneath us’.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle

I grudgingly admit Kit is probably right but would it really be so wrong to string de Pfeffel up from a lampost so Britains disposessed can enjoy game of panyatta at his expense?

Tutisicecream

The Bogshit strategy seems to be working just fine as we head into the silly season and then the long hols for the Westminster children of all parliaments. One thing that it shows is this the distracted are not capable of clear thinking. The echo chamber of cognitive dissonance is complete. When Johnson is conflated with press freedom I find this construct hard to envisage, but we live in strange times. When both sides of the argument are capable of their own type of virtue signally, it’s time to go back to basics. Judge people on what they have done not what they say they will do.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher

I must admit to being slightly curious about what they were arguing about. But it really is none of my business.

Its normal to expect to be recorded these days — its a form of self-defense. Its the human equivalent of a dashcam — its one thing to have a he said / she said sort of conversation but it makes life a lot simpler when you can just replay what happened. In this case, no harm, no foul — so nothing to see here, folks.

Loverat
Loverat

Agree 100% with this. Can’t bring ourselves down to the gutter where they are. We are better than that and if we remain dignified balanced and honest, we should prevail in the end.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31

The character of the person leading a nation was supposed to matter. It probably stopped with Bill Clinton, although there were similar incidents with JFK but nobody reported them so we did not know. After that people decided it needed to be reported on. Boris Johnson has a clownish personality on the outside, privately he seems grubby. The country is not in good hands should Boris become PM. What happened, happened, the people were well entitled to make it public. Are we now withholding the truth and shoot the messenger again, like shooting Assange?

Withholding the truth is as powerful a tool for manipulation as is the invention of a narrative = WMD.

Heed the warnings; people did warn about Thatcher but nobody listened and now Britain is a shadow of her former self through wars, austerity, and privatisations.

You could use Boris for a no deal Brexit and then have new elections which the Tories would hopefully not win.

mark
mark

Johnson, Hunt, May, Clinton, Trump, Trudeau, Macron, Merkel, just trained monkeys for the same Jew organ grinder. They don’t matter. It’s completely irrelevant. Just figureheads or mascots. Nobody should waste five minutes of their time over which trained monkey gets to rattle the little tin cup. These people are just whores, errand boys, office boys and girls serving the same interests. Just smoke and mirrors for the wire pullers behind the curtain.

Loverat
Loverat

Jan Brooker
Jan Brooker

The article seems to have got its conspiracy theories in a twist. I agree with your comment here!

ZigZagWanderer
ZigZagWanderer

This trivia has conveniently kept the best story off the Grauns pages today.
“Nick Clegg confirms no Russian interference in Brexit vote”. As reported on BBC radio , Facebook have concluded their hunt for those dastardly reds spreading discontent and found a big fat zero. Nothing .

Oh dear Graun. Another one bites the dust.

mark
mark

This is quite wrong, ZZW. Putin is 100% responsible for Brexit. I wanted to vote Remain, but Putin phoned me up and told me if I didn’t vote Leave, he’d publish some old KGB photos of me having sex with a rhinoceros. So I had no choice.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31

Thank you. I would have missed that although I have a link to BBC news on my Yandex browser page.

What we have to do is to have several links of media there. They come in quite different colours and we need all colours. All report only what fits in their narrative so we have to check several narratives.

Russia has been re-instated in the European Council. These people had the choice of kicking them out completely or reinstating them. For reasons unknown the latter was preferred. Good, me thinks

mark
mark

Reasons unknown – they wanted their money. Russia should just have ignored this talking shop and saved the money.

The victims of boycotts, sanctions etc. should make it known that they will remain in force permanently. They will not seek reinstatement in any organisation that excludes them, nor participate in any ceremonial event from which they have been excluded at some later date, like Trooping the Colour, Auschwitz holocaust jamborees, or anything of the kind. When Putin and his officials are excluded from ceremonial dinners, they should make it known that henceforth Russia will henceforth not accept nor offer any kind of refreshment with the same people, down to a glass of water. And that any sanctions will be considered permanent. No agricultural products will be imported from countries sanctioning Russia in perpetuity.

This just reflects reality. Sanctions against Cuba have been in force for 60 years. Against Iran for 40 years. Against Russia for 5 years. Sanctions are permanent. Whatever you do, we will trump it. We will not submit to your threats. You want to punish us, but we will punish you.

Russia should have done far more in responding to US aggression and provocation. It should have treated the US (and its satellites like the UK) as what they are – utterly vile, implacable, hate filled enemies. It should have broken off all diplomatic relations at all levels, including presidential, foreign secretary and UN, when its diplomatic premises and the homes of its diplomats in the US were invaded. Like all bullies, the Yew Ess Ayy likes to dish it out but isn’t quite so good at taking it.

When financial sanctions were imposed, Russia should have frozen all loan repayments to foreign banks, and placed the money in a blocked Moscow bank account for the duration of sanctions, making it clear that the cost to Russia of sanctions will be dedxucted from any monies eventually repaid. If this causes banking crises, so be it. The scope of counter sanctions should have been greatly expanded to include vehicles, clothing, watches and jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics, electrical goods, and everything else that can be produced domestically or imported from friends like China, India, and other countries. Put money in the pockets of friends, not enemies. Confront them with the permanent loss of markets. Withdraw from corrupt and compromised organisations like the IAEA, OPCW, ICC, ECHR. Close the NATO supply route to Afghanistan through Russia. This should never have been made available to begin with. End the joint space programme. Ban exports to the US of rare earth, titanium, nuclear fuel, rocket engines.

Stop endorsing US aggression and economic strangulation of friendly countries at the UN and elsewhere, like Iraq, Libya, DPRK. Stop stabbing friendly countries in the back to appease the US and the Neocohens. Create an alternative financial architecture and make this available to countries targeted for destruction like Iran, Venezuela, Syria, DPRK. Russia has no obligation to defend those countries, but when they are destroyed the US crocodile will move on to the main course, Russia and China. The survival of those countries is in Russia’s interests. Russia should make it clear it will not tolerate their destruction. It should supply those countries with the weapons they need to defend themselves against US aggression.

Jonathan Jarvis
Jonathan Jarvis

Peskov gave the hint….it is worth the subscription to get Crimea rcognised as duly seceeded to Russia by a legitimate populous vote.And the bonus is ukraine walks out.