Knives for BoJo

A journalist who Boris Johnson secretly discussed helping a friend to have beaten up has demanded an apology from the Conservative leadership candidate as he stands on the brink of Downing Street.

Stuart Collier, the journalist who was at the centre of the incident nearly 30 years ago, said Johnson was not fit to be prime minister.

In 1990, Johnson was secretly recorded agreeing to provide the address of the News of the World reporter Stuart Collier to his friend Darius Guppy, who wanted to arrange for the journalist to have his ribs cracked as revenge for investigating his activities.

In the event the assault did not occur, while Guppy ended up being jailed for a separate £1.8m fraud and Johnson later dismissed the call as a joke. But after being tracked down by the Guardian, the retired reporter said he had been so disturbed by the “Guppygate” incident he had told his wife to be careful answering the front door.

The other person involved in this, peripherally at least, was Peter Risdon. Who we’ve had as a commenter around here more than once. This Peter Risdon. Who, I think at least and hope this is premature, has died of liver cancer.

So we’ll not be getting the counter-story anytime soon.

23 comments on “Knives for BoJo

  1. Oh and, unfortunately, the PeterRisdon blog (replacing FreebornJohn) seems to have had the domain lapse and is now advertising free psychic readings 🙁

  2. the PeterRisdon blog… seems to have had the domain lapse and is now advertising free psychic readings

    I’d like to think Mr Risdon might have found that funny.

  3. Hhhmmm… part of what I suspect is a concerted effort to make life for Boris as difficult as possible (as if it isn’t already) post-enthronement.

    I have a very strong suspicion that the current Ambassador Darroch wire-leaking fiasco is being executed by a remainy type (types?) to make things immediately as rocky as possible for the new government under Boris. Post-Brexit, get a quick deal with the USA? Whether or not it would really have been as straight-forward as that I do not know, but all of this is surely going to make that so much harder.

    Dark forces at work. As ever!

  4. the incident nearly 30 years ago

    Contemporary.

    But after being tracked down by the Guardian

    Lol, yes. ‘Tracked down’. They can do it when it suits them!

  5. According to Risdon, Boris was stalling for time, knowing that Guppy would tire of the conspiracy and move on. The subsequent inaction tends to back up his thinking here. We had all this guff when Boris stood for Mayor of London. It’s a non-story, but the spittle is flying nonetheless.

  6. It’s hard to track down a journalist? Usually takes about 5 minutes. They’re not exactly people who hide their light under a bushel. You could probably get an interview with a journalist post mortem, if you were on a national.daily

  7. Very sadly the Risdon – Guppy legal tussle was still grinding on during the terminal stages of the cancer.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396410/Legal-proceedings-begin-against-Darius-Guppy.html

    https://www.ipso.co.uk/rulings-and-resolution-statements/ruling/?id=06615-17

    Also I’m selfishly sad he never got round to updating his blog with his promised followup post on life with cancer – he wrote an excellent, insightful one on ways he had found to keep comfortable that didn’t just repeat standard advice but some of his own ideas too.

  8. I have a very strong suspicion that the current Ambassador Darroch wire-leaking fiasco is being executed by a remainy type (types?) to make things immediately as rocky as possible for the new government under Boris.

    Possibly, but OTOH they really are that incompetent.

    I’m concerned about Boris’s journo-shoeing policy, but if he sweetens the pot by sending them, one by one, to the Saudi embassy he’ll secure my vote.

  9. “I have a very strong suspicion that the current Ambassador Darroch wire-leaking fiasco is being executed by a remainy type (types?) to make things immediately as rocky as possible for the new government under Boris. Post-Brexit, get a quick deal with the USA? Whether or not it would really have been as straight-forward as that I do not know, but all of this is surely going to make that so much harder.”

    Why? Surely to create most trouble it would be better for Darroch to be in place, rather than a Boris appointee?

  10. “Why? Surely to create most trouble it would be better for Darroch to be in place, rather than a Boris appointee?”

    If Darroch’s witterings have been as well circulated as we’re told, it’s inevitable Boris will have heard of them, irrespective of leaks. And they’re hardly “diplomatic”. That’s not how an ambassador should write, not even to his best chums. Express his views in a away might draw the reader to those conclusions, maybe. But not outright Trump Derangement Syndrome. Boris isn’t going to be wanting a TDS sufferer as Our Man In Washington. So he was going to be for the push, anyway. A leak after the push would just sound like sour grapes. So they fire the ammunition before they lose it.

  11. Dear Boris –

    Welcome to Donald Trump’s world.

    Also, you have to love this:

    But after being tracked down by the Guardian, the retired reporter said he had been so disturbed by the “Guppygate” incident he had told his wife to be careful answering the front door.

    Nothing says I believe I’m in danger and I’m serious about the personal safety of my loved ones that going to the extreme length of warning your wife to “be careful” when opening the front door.

  12. Darroch should have been sacked for uncritically accepting and repeating everything Trump’s enemies had to say. Was there one interesting aperçu in his scribblings? I saw only clichés.

    He’s just a merchant of merde.

  13. Isn’t the point that May gets to pick his successor, as he was retiring at the end of the year it would have been easy for Boris to move him out and replace him, now he has to face sacking a fresh incumbent before he’s even gotten his feet under the desk

  14. Nothing says I believe I’m in danger and I’m serious about the personal safety of my loved ones that going to the extreme length of warningforcing your wife to “be careful” when openingopen the front door in my place.

    FTFY

  15. @Arkus

    “Boris frightens them doesn’t he?
    They’re terrified he will succeed.”

    If you are talking about Brexit, no, he has more chance of winning the 3.30 at Kempton Park. If you are talking about getting into no 10, then yes, that is all that matters to Boris.

  16. If you are talking about getting into no 10, then yes, that is all that matters to Boris.

    No, I think staying there for more than five minutes matters to him too. And he recognises that delivering Brexit by 31st October is the minimum requirement for that.

    Thus we meet Milton Friedman’s scenario of having a political arrangement where the wrong people are forced to do the right thing.

  17. BiS
    That was my reaction. Britain’s top diplomat should be able to shit on someone in such a way that you have to read it two three times to figure out he is shitting on someone.

  18. @PJF
    “No, I think staying there for more than five minutes matters to him too.”

    Probably, but he’ll worry about that once he is there. At the moment he doesn’t have a coherent plan for staying there, but that doesn’t matter … at the moment.

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