Johnson told distraught dad no press – after issuing statement to press in preparation for visit
Earlier today, Boris Johnson was challenged by the distraught father of a sick baby about Tory NHS cuts and the danger they cause to patients. When the angry dad told Johnson he was there on a ‘press opportunity’, Johnson looked him in the eye and said “there’s no press here”.
Johnson even looked at the press cameras as he said it – but now the briefing notes his team supplied to the press before the visit have put the matter beyond doubt.
The notes, published tonight by Buzzfeed, not only show that the visit was prepared in advance as exactly a ‘press opportunity’ – but even include a pre-prepared press statement by Johnson:
This was not the only Tory claim associated with the visit that was subsequently exposed as a lie. Right-wingers claimed that the livid dad was wearing a microphone in a set-up to embarrass Johnson – but video analysis by the SKWAWKBOX showed conclusively that the ‘mic’ was in fact… his belt and the belt loop on his trousers.
Boris Johnson’s supporters got very upset recently when a Channel 4 News presenter described him as a ‘known liar’.
Well, he’s proven it again.
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