The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain has exceeded 10,000 today, marking a dark stage in the country’s epidemic.
Another 737 people lost their lives, bringing the total number of dead to 10,612 on Easter Sunday.
Cases also reached 84,279 after another 5,288 were diagnosed with the infection after 18,000 new tests, down slightly from yesterday.
Only the United States, France, Italy and Spain have officially crossed the 10,000-death line, making the United Kingdom one of the most affected places on the planet.
A top scientist today warned that more people could be killed in Britain than in any other country in Europe, as the public was ready to suffer further deaths.
Amidst the gloomy numbers today, there was a glimmer of good news as Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital after fighting for his life with the disease.
Speaking from Downing Street before retiring from Country Checkers in Buckinghamshire to rest, the Prime Minister said: “It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS to save my life. “
He rallied the nation and swore, “Together, we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. “
While the British spent an unprecedented locked Easter Sunday:
- Prime Minister Carrie Symonds’ pregnant fiancee thanked the “incredible” NHS staff in “dark times”;
- Boris Johnson’s half-brother Max, 35, has criticized the care his older brother received at Downing Street when he isolated himself as “chaos”;
- Actor and actor Tim Brooke-Taylor died at the age of 79 after contracting a coronavirus;
- Former Governor of the Bank of England Lord King said some schools and businesses should reopen;
- The Queen stressed the importance of keeping the coronavirus locked, but insisted, “Easter is not canceled; indeed, we need Easter more than ever ”;
- Police were again criticized for being harsh because it turned out that 1,084 fines had been imposed for violating coronavirus locking rules;
- Cabinet ministers are divided between “hawks” who want Britain to break the lock in early May and “doves” who want to delay lifting the restrictions until summer;
- The newspaper revealed that the Wuhan laboratory at the Covid-19 surveillance center had carried out research on the bats in a cave that scientists believe are causing the pandemic;
- A prominent Conservative MP accused a Chinese-backed company of trying to exploit the crisis to “launch a raid on British technology”;
- A new “online school” is planned to accommodate children facing months out of the classroom, the Minister providing for a “gradual return” for certain students after mid-term;
Only the United States, France, Italy and Spain have officially crossed the 10,000-death line, making the United Kingdom one of the most affected places on the planet.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said crossing the 10,000 mark was a “dark” day.
Before the daily government briefing, he said: “Today marks a dark day in the impact of this disease as we join the list of countries that have seen more than 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
“The fact that over 10,000 people have lost their lives due to this invisible killer shows how serious this coronavirus is and why the national effort in which everyone is engaged is so important. “
Each nation earlier released its own daily figures, which differ slightly from the UK Department of Health’s total due to differences in data collection.
NHS England has announced 657 additional deaths, including 42 with no known underlying health conditions, bringing the total to 9,594.
The youngest to die in English hospitals was 26 years old and the oldest was 100 years old, both suspected of suffering from existing medical problems.
Wales registered an additional 18 deaths, bringing the number of deaths to 369. A further 367 people tested positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,297.
Scotland has reported an additional 24 deaths, bringing the death toll to 566 and a total of 5,912 people have tested positive for the virus.
The number of people with coronavirus who died in hospitals in Northern Ireland has increased to 118, with 11 other deaths reported on Sunday.
There have been 89 new cases of the virus, bringing the total of positive tests confirmed in the region since the start of the epidemic to 1,806, officials said.
Downing Street confirmed this afternoon that the PM had been released from St Thomas Hospital in central London after being admitted last Sunday.
His time in NHS care included three nights in intensive care receiving oxygen treatment in a tense nation awaiting news of his condition.
Johnson, 55, will now rest at his official checkers’ residence in Buckinghamshire, a spokesman said “on the advice of his medical team, the Prime Minister will not immediately return to work”.
As her release was revealed, her pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds, 32, tweeted her praise for the staff at St Thomas’s, adding, “There were moments last week that were really very dark.
“My heart goes out to all those who find themselves in similar situations, worried and sick of their loved ones.
“I cannot thank our beautiful NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas Hospital has been incredible. I can never, never reimburse you and I will never stop thanking you.
Because the Prime Minister will need time to recover, this means that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, is likely to remain in charge of running the government from day to day, for the time being at least.
Amidst the gloomy numbers today, there was a glimmer of good news as Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital after fighting for his life with the disease
His pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds tweeted his praise for the staff at St Thomas Hospital, adding: “There were moments last week that were really very dark
He came as friends revealed how close the Prime Minister had been to death.
They relayed a message from the Prime Minister who said he owed his life to NHS doctors and added, “I cannot thank them enough. “
Indeed, a delighted family member compared recovery to a biblical resurrection and, upon learning that he had been released from intensive care, made a timely allusion to Easter, saying, “He is risen.”
When “the boss” was first transferred to intensive care on Monday evening, cabinet colleagues went on the air to assure that the stricken PM would pass by and greeted him as a “fighter”.
But behind closed doors, his team of ministers and advisers exchanged private calls where they were forced to swallow the sad reality that the Prime Minister’s chances were on the brink at “50-50”.
Crushed aides who praised Mr. Johnson as the glue bound a close-knit team from Downing Street were even transferred to prayer.
After three nights of biting their nails, they finally celebrated that the physically exhausted but “euphoric” PM was released from intensive care and resettled in a general care service.
The hospitalization of the country’s head of government has hammered the blind nature of the virus and shaken the ministers.
A cabinet member told the Sunday Telegraph, “It took us all by surprise. We all think we are somehow invincible.
Devouring his Tintin books which tell the adventures of a Belgian journalist – Mr. Johnson has made a name for himself in Brussels – PM is fortunately on the road to recovery and is boosted by the scans of his unborn baby sent by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.
The number 10 advisers would now have turned their attention to how to tell their determined boss that he needed time to recover.
“It will have been a shock and hopefully enough to convince him that he must take it easy,” a source told the Sunday Times. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab will likely continue to replace the prime minister and hold the reins of the government. government. as the UK epidemic reaches its peak.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said crossing the 10,000 mark was a “dark” day at the government’s daily press conference
PM’s half-brother criticizes care of Downing Street
Boris Johnson’s half-brother Max called the Prime Minister’s coronavirus treatment a “mess” after claiming that he had not been examined by a doctor before hospitalization
Boris Johnson’s half-brother called the Prime Minister’s Down’s Street coronavirus treatment a “mess” after claiming that he had not been examined by a doctor before hospitalization.
Max Johnson, 35, said that medical care for his older brother during his 10 days of self-isolation was painful.
In a rare intervention, the Hong Kong-based businessman weighed in after PM was removed from intensive care and revealed last night that he was making “very good progress”.
Glancing at the Prime Minister’s passage in isolation, Max told CNN: “From what I understand, and I was not there, no one asked a doctor to hide themselves and physically examine him all the time – more than 10 days. “
“He had tested positive, so there was no doubt what he was facing. The word “mess” comes to mind. “
He added that it was ridiculous that the head of government was flanked by a phalanx of bodyguards but that he was not examined by a doctor.
Responding to these remarks, a source in Number 10 noted that the PM had been in contact with his doctor and had access to medical advice when he was confined to his apartment in Downing Street.
When Mr. Johnson began self-isolating with the disease on March 27, he had a light workload, but continued to take his red box and lead the government’s response to the crisis.
One of his first acknowledgments that the energy-sinking illness was taking its toll occurred on April 2, the day before his seven-day isolation period ended, at the daily meeting at 9:15 a.m. morning on coronaviruses.
After video coughing from his apartment # 11, Mr. Johnson told his Covid-19 task force: “I have it and I can tell you it’s something like that,” according to the Telegraph.
When PM was removed from intensive care on Thursday after three days of oxygen treatment, a family member compared his recovery to the resurrection and said, “He is risen,” according to the Times.
Her condition has been described as “exhausted but euphoric,” reports the Sun on Sunday.
At the hospital, Mr. Johnson received a love letter from his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, which included an analysis of their unborn child.
The Prime Minister plans to recover at Checkers after he is released from hospital, but his allies insist that he will control the vital process of when and how Britain will emerge from the closure.
A source told The Times, “Who is going to deliver the speeches conditioning the nation to big decisions and boosting national morale, if not Boris?” “
Interior Minister Priti Patel said at a daily press conference yesterday: “It is essential that our Prime Minister recover. We want him to get better and he needs time and space to rest, recover and recover.
Prime Minister Max Johnson’s half-brother, 35-year-old overnight called the care the prime minister received while isolating himself at Downing Street “a mess.”
In a rare intervention, the Hong Kong-based businessman told CNN, “From what I understand, and I was not there, no one asked a doctor to hide it and physically examine him all the time – more than 10 days. “
“He had tested positive, so there was no doubt what he was facing. The word “mess” comes to mind. “
PM’s regular resumption came as fears grew of an increase in deaths.
The government begged the public to stay indoors, but this weekend the police were forced to chat with people enjoying the weather in the parks.
Britain could end up with the most coronavirus deaths of any country in Europe, a top scientist warned today.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said that increased testing “would save you time” to help the health service cope with the crisis, and that there were “lessons to be learned” .
Ministers have been warned that coronavirus now affects more than 15% of nursing homes, with many deaths in the social care sector not included in the current total.
Meanwhile, government apologized for lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers after medical groups accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock of implying that he had been wasted.
Announcing the deaths of 19 NHS workers since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, Mr. Hancock said he did not want to blame people who used more PPE than the guidelines suggest because I understand the difficulties in the circumstances. I would say that it is very important to use the right PPE and not to abuse it. “
Answering questions during her first appearance yesterday at the daily virus press conference, Ms. Patel was challenged by the PPE shortage.
She said, “I’m sorry if people feel there have been failures. I will be very, very clear about this, but at the same time, we are currently experiencing an unprecedented global health pandemic.
“It is inevitable that the demand for PPE and the pressures on PPE will be exponential. They’re going to be incredibly high. And of course we are trying to solve this problem as a government. “
Dame Donna Kinnair, Secretary General of the Royal College of Nursing, said that no PPE could ever be “a more precious resource than the life of a health worker, the life of a nurse, the life of a doctor “.
Stating that Parliament may need to be called virtually, Ms. Patel admitted: “There are many discussions and I cannot really go further on these discussions on how Parliament will resume and operate.”
Meanwhile, America has reached an unwanted milestone by becoming the first country in the world to register more than 2,000 deaths in a single day. Brazil has become the first in the southern hemisphere to exceed 1,000 in 24 hours.
In contrast, Sweden – which has rejected strict social distancing measures – has seen only 17 new deaths from coronavirus, its smallest daily increase in a fortnight.
Doctors Waiting at St Thomas Hospital for Boris Johnson to Come Realize He Wasn’t Coming When They Saw Him Applauding the NHS on Television, HARRY COLE reveals as he shares the dramatic story of the PM coronavirus battle
Doctors expected Boris Johnson to be taken to hospital three days before he was finally admitted – and didn’t realize he wouldn’t be coming when they saw him cheering for the NHS that night on their television screens.
Doctors at St Thomas’s Hospital in London were wearing full protective clothing on Thursday 2 April after managers warned that they could expect Mr. Johnson to arrive on short notice.
But then they saw the Prime Minister cheering from the steps of No11 Downing Street at 8 p.m.
Mr. Johnson was spurred on by a love letter from his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, which included a scan of their unborn child (pictured together)
As Mr. Johnson continued his recovery last night, friends finally recognized how seriously ill he was when he was placed in intensive care on Monday.
He was so sick that he believes he owes his life to the care he received from the NHS.
For days after the March 27 announcement that the Prime Minister had tested positive for coronavirus, Mr. Johnson’s symptoms were described as “mild.”
But after going through the 9:15 am meeting in Covid-19 the “War Cabinet” on April 2, the Prime Minister conceded that he could not shake his persistent cough and temperature and that he would not end to his seven-day isolation as planned the next day.
In frank talks with his doctor and private secretary Martin Reynolds, insiders said he had accepted a considerably reduced workload and was sent to bed.
Government source described Johnson as “resistant” to hospital for fear he appears to be receiving preferential treatment, but Downing Street last night insisted he act on advice of his doctors.
It was agreed on April 2 that he would remain isolated above No. 11 with his symptoms seen on Saturday morning.
However, ministers, aides and friends are now saying in private that he should have gone to the hospital much earlier. “It was clear that he was in terrible shape all week,” said one.
According to NHS sources, the St Thomas team ‘was already’ cleaned and in PPE ‘ [personal protective equipment] Thursday night, at a secret entrance to the hospital, when they were told that the Prime Minister was no longer coming.
Preparations followed a clearly defined plan created by NHS leaders after news that then Prime Minister Tony Blair was admitted to Hammersmith Hospital with a heart attack in October 2003 was leaked to media.
The protocol outlined how the PM would use a secret entrance and take a designated route along sealed corridors and elevators to a private “magic room” on level 12. A secure computer system would be used to ensure that his notes medical services were inaccessible to all except a small group of experts.
On Saturday April 4, screening quickly established that Mr. Johnson’s health had worsened. Mr. Reynolds “completely wiped out the PM’s diary,” but the following afternoon, it was clear that there was no choice but to take him to the hospital.
A source said that Mr. Johnson was aware when he arrived, but “very, very sick.”
He was put on oxygen through a tube in the nose within ten minutes of his arrival.
Concerned about the possible reaction of the public to the Prime Minister’s incapacity, Downing Street described his admission as a “precautionary measure” for the tests, adding that Mr. Johnson would receive a ministerial red box so that he could continue working from his hospital bed.
In reality, his condition worsened all Sunday evening and Monday. An additional complication was the poor reception of cell phones at the hospital, coupled with a warning to Mr. Johnson not to use public wi-fi for security reasons.
Hancock repeats PPE usage claims
Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking this morning
A dispute arose between the government and the nurses after Matt Hancock again warned the coronavirus doctors against the excessive use of personal protective equipment.
The health secretary insisted that there was enough protective clothing to meet the demand, but urged health workers to treat the equipment as a “precious” resource.
His remarks have doubled compared to comments made at yesterday’s press briefing in Downing Street, where he responded to frontline reports of a serious shortage of protective equipment.
Donna Kinnair of the Royal College of Nursing said that no amount of PPE was “a more precious resource than the life of a health worker, the life of a nurse, the life of a doctor.” ” She told BBC Breakfast, “I am actually offended that we are saying that health care workers abuse or abuse PPE.
“I think what we do know is that we don’t have enough supply and not enough regular PPE supply. This is the number one priority that nurses bring to my attention, that they do not have enough equipment.
Sources say engineers were dispatched to amplify the signal in Mr. Johnson’s room, but in any event, on Monday, it was too bad to even look at his phone or answer text and WhatsApp messages.
Despite optimistic comments from number 10, the shameful appearance of Dominic Raab – who had been invited to replace Mr. Johnson at Monday afternoon’s press conference – betrayed the growing concern.
At around 6 p.m. on Monday, shortly after Raab assured the nation that the Prime Minister was “in a good mood,” Carrie Symonds received a call from doctors from her fiance that she feared.
Despite the oxygen treatment, he was told that Mr. Johnson was not improving and that the likelihood that he would need to be ventilated in intensive care was increasing rapidly. It was disturbing news.
A study of 1,400 patients by the National Critical Care Research and Audit Center found that more than half of Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care died.
Anxious, but unable to be by her bed, Mrs. Symonds wrote a love letter to her future husband, enclosing a scan of their unborn child. Meanwhile, aides and doctors faced the logistical problem of transferring the PM to the intensive care unit, which was on a different floor from his room.
A source said that transferring such a prestigious patient required “a big operation that can’t be done quickly … so the decision was made to move him sooner rather than later”, adding: “We don’t want to do this kind of stuff at 2 in the morning. “
Back at Downing Street, the staff were left in a daze stunned by the news.
“It was terrifying how quickly things happened. I couldn’t believe it, ”said a senior official. Having previously spoken to the PM, Mr. Reynolds alerted Buckingham Palace and Mr. Raab was summoned to No. 10, where he was briefed by the heads of the Cabinet Office Sir Mark Sedwill and Helen MacNamara of the state of the PM and of its new functions.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister James Spack’s spokesperson has prepared a public statement and a BBC camera crew has been dispatched to film an address of a visibly shaken Mr. Raab.
A conference call was held for Cabinet during which Michael Gove said, “I think I speak for everyone when I say our thoughts and prayers go to the Prime Minister.”
David Blunkett denounces ministers’ daily sermons on coronavirus
Former interior minister David Blunkett lashed out at the daily coronavirus briefings, saying they have become like a “sermon on the mountain”.
The Labor Life peer made the comments in an interview with Today on BBC Radio 4 during a discussion of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked about the police and the political reaction to the crisis, Blunkett replied that people were “hoaxed”, including during daily briefings on coronaviruses that have been taking place since March 16.
He said, “Actually, we are talking, talking, talking and we, the people, I mean the daily press briefings are now becoming a sermon on the mountain.”
An official said, “It was one of those nights when there was really only prayer. As Mr. Johnson fought for his life on Monday night, a bizarre – and outrageous – public relations battle was fought through the switchboard at St Thomas Hospital.
“We have asked the pharmaceutical companies to contact their doctors at the London hospital, and they are chatting right now,” US President Donald Trump told Fox News incorrectly.
The White House had contacted the hospital but, in fact, had been politely directed to the Foreign Office rather than to Mr. Johnson’s team. The Americans were not alone – China also offered drugs.
“The standard has broken down,” said an NHS source.
“First, the White House rings and offers to send medicines to treat the Prime Minister, then a series of Chinese companies call on behalf of their government also offering to send medicines. “
None of the offers were accepted. “We are confident that the Prime Minister receives the best possible care from the National Health Service,” No10 said dryly Tuesday morning.
As the nation faltered, Johnson had a better night than expected and his temperature started to drop Tuesday morning.
Messages of support from royalty, celebrities and thousands of public supporters were compiled by Ms. Symonds and sent to the PM.
They included a picture of NHS workers in the Nason neighborhood of Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital posing with a Get Well Soon Boris sign.
Downing Street staff suffered a “terrible wait” for twice-daily medical updates from the hospital, fueled by Ms. Symonds.
“Every day we waited for news from the hospital, hoping to have good news,” said a senior official.
“You cannot get your head out of fear that it may get worse.”
Slowly but surely, the PM “was going in the right direction” Tuesday and Wednesday as it responded to the oxygen it was given in the ICU.
However, he endured three long nights before being well enough to leave the unit on Thursday afternoon.
Abandoning the secret he entered the hospital, the Prime Minister was described by a hospital insider as “euphoric” and greeting the doctors and nurses after leaving intensive care. Incredibly, he joined the applause of NHS workers again at 8 p.m. Thursday – this time from his hospital bed.
Johnson has since shared with his friends the “exemplary” care he has received from doctors and nurses.
“I can never thank them enough. I owe them my life, ”he said on Friday. He is continuing his recovery this weekend, helped by homemade chocolate brownies sent by Mrs. Symonds.
But he remains weak and will take a few weeks to rebuild his strength. Helpers No10 provided Mr. Johnson with an iPad loaded with his favorite movies, but he spent most of the time sleeping or making short FaceTime video calls to Ms. Symonds.
Under doctor’s orders to limit his time on the phone, he read a nurse’s thriller and stories from Tintin, his childhood favorite, sent by his concerned family.
He is expected to recover at Checkers, the PM’s retirement from Buckinghamshire, with a gradual return to work, but he is believed to want to oversee the decision on when – and how – to end the lockout.
Meanwhile, the finger pointing at when Mr. Johnson was admitted to the hospital has started.
A friend said last night, “Those who have cared about Boris and have known him for a very long time and might say, ‘Mate, you’re not okay, you need to take care of yourself’ have been frozen by the No10 gang.
“And it seems they were too scared to stand up to the PM when he needed the most advice. “It can never happen again. “
Getting sick? It’s for wimps! With a titanic self-belief, Boris Johnson has always ignored the disease, says author TOM BOWER, as he explains why the feeling of his own invincibility is at the heart of all of the PM’s strengths and weaknesses.
By Tom Bower for Sunday Mail
Like the Incredible Hulk, the comic book superhero he compared with, Boris Johnson made it his trademark to challenge the odds.
Overcoming a career littered with blunders and blunders required cunning and obstinate determination, while dealing with the constant torrent of envy and abuse from its many enemies required impressive self-control.
But never before has Boris’ resolve to triumph been challenged as his body tackles this frightening disease and what may still be his ultimate test.
It was in an interview with The Mail last Sunday in September, at the height of the Brexit crisis, that Boris promised to get Britain out of handcuffs from Brussels like the Incredible Hulk.
Boris Johnson boxing with a coach during his visit to the Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, London, 2014 while he was mayor of London
Raised to ignore the disease and dispense with the need for doctors, many will suspect that Boris’ current fate owes much to his natural recklessness. Believing in the survival of the fittest, he learned that real men are never sick.
Inspired by willpower and a belief in his infallibility, he undoubtedly dismissed medical advice with the same boil that has always been his way – until he is forced to go to the hospital on weekends. end last.
Six days ago, the media quickly collected obituaries – fearing the worst. For 48 hours, the nation held its breath.
Many have asked, how could a prime minister have been so close to the edge?
The fact is that such a brinkmanship was just another chapter in roller coaster life for Alexander Boris of Pfeffel Johnson.
It is only by studying key moments in his 55 years, as I have done in the past few months while preparing to write his biography, that we can understand the pattern of behavior that explains his situation. current.
Competitive from childhood, spent with three brothers and sisters, he perfected his iron bulldog will on the playing fields of Eton, a school renowned for its brutal expectations. In rugby and Eton’s unique physical wall game (which, rightly, for the uninitiated seems to have no rules), Boris led the charge, breaking bones and egos with one goal – to win.
In addition, it owes its political achievements to the ability to perfect a brilliant camouflage. Acting as the goofy English gentleman jester, he displayed charm and wit to escape the sticky corners and save himself from disaster. Likewise, his comic performances – even appreciated by his critics – hid his ferocious intelligence and ambition.
Boris Johnson, as captain of the Eton Wall game team in 1982. Johnson entered all of the sports he played with one ambition: to win
I have seen countless people predict Boris’ fall many times, but many times his resilience was the force of his resurrection, whether it be his dismissal from his first job, his dismissal from the Conservative front bench or his failure to win the race to succeed. David Cameron as Prime Minister.
And, of course, these people include those who were outraged by his blatant adultery.
At Westminster, her relationship with women is breathtaking. Having at least six mistresses in his two marriages, he had an unknown number of overnight stands with women apparently attracted to his “animal magnetism”.
Strangers in judgment are dismayed by his betrayal of Marina Wheeler, his long-suffering second wife and mother of four of his five children. For them, the way he settled in with Carrie Symonds (his now pregnant fiancee) before his divorce was agreed was appalling.
At the heart of their aversion and jealousy is the public personality of Boris: his cheerful smile, his gaiety and his love for the “girly swot” language evoking Just William and Nigel Molesworth, the 1950s schoolboy known as name of Curse of St Custard’s.
Boris’ other fictional alter ego is, of course, Bertie Wooster, the upper-class buffoon character of P. G. Wodehouse who is repeatedly saved from disaster by Jeeves, his scholarly servant.
Like Boris, Wooster got away with everything. Absolution is always at hand.
Boris’ critics cannot understand how the “buffoon” is also an accomplished master of the classics.
First encouraged by his grandfather, Boris worships Homer’s Iliad where heroes are more virtuous than gods because mortality forces them to develop the supreme virtue of courage.
In Eton, Boris also found a hero – Pericles, an Athenian who, with shameless charisma and populism, delighted crowds to win constant re-election.
Blending influences – Wooster, Molesworth, Just William and Pericles – in school debates, Boris developed a unique speaking style mixed with humor. “Humor,” he would say, “is a tool you can use to sweeten the pill and get important points across.”
Martin Hammond, his master of the Eton classics, despaired of his pupil’s “effortless superiority”, excelling without seemingly much effort. “I think he honestly believes it is churlish on our part not to regard him as an exception,” wrote Hammond, “one who should be free from the bond system that binds everyone.”
Distributing his enormous talents, Boris mastered the art of “winging” – engaging in all activities, which meant missing deadlines, falling asleep in class and often sprouting from the cape.
Yet he won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford.
When he got there, all the gossip was about “this amazing person just above Eton.” With his blond hair mop and fine clothes, he became the unrivaled star of the Oxford Union debate society. Not only was he 18, already mentioned as future Prime Minister, but he also developed a relationship with Oxford’s “most beautiful woman”, Allegra Mostyn-Owen.
The complicated love life of Boris Johnson: the young Boris Johnson with his student colleague Allegra Mostyn-Owen in Oxford, who would become his first wife
There was inevitably a great urge, especially when he was elected President of the Union on his second attempt, having learned that to win he had to pretend that he was a liberal.
In truth, Allegra (later his wife) said, “He was not a libertarian. He was a Thatcherite, spouting nonsense.
The deception of this customary politician has been described by critics as proof of his dishonesty.
However, Anthony Kenny, former chief of Balliol, said: “As far as I know, he did not really lie, but his strategy recalls Talleyrand, the French diplomat who has never lied and deceived the whole world”.
Faithfully, Allegra insists: “He never lies. He just has his own attitude towards the truth.
The common accusation of “Boris the Liar” arose out of his dismissal for fabricating a quote shortly after he started his first job as a 23-year-old Times reporter.
Invited to rewrite a boring report on the London palace of Edward II, he spiced it up by quoting his godfather, an academic, Colin Lucas, saying that the king enjoyed the sexual company of a young boy. In fact, the boy was killed 13 years before the palace was built.
Unsurprisingly, Lucas complained. In defense, Boris told his editor that most of the Times’ quotes were fabricated. Shocked by such insolence, Boris was dismissed.
Boris ‘father, Stanley, who was Lucas’ best friend, was furious with the academic, saying indignantly. “He put a whole new interpretation on the word godfather.
In what was to become the model for Boris’ career, this layoff was a boon.
Always positive and charismatic, he was hired by Max Hastings, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, to report on the EU in Brussels.
Stanley Johnson (L) and Carrie Symonds (R), father and girlfriend of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, watch as he delivers his opening speech at the Conservative Party Conference
Wearing a torn jacket, dirty pants and a crumpled shirt, Boris refused to mingle with the other journalists. In life, Boris is a loner and in Brussels he has hunted alone.
Convinced that European Commission spokespeople were lying and that the Brussels “panjandrums” wanted to make the EU a super-state, he hijacked secret documents. His lazy rivals, who spent a lot of time in bars, accused him of inventing his stories. These included scoops on “the threat to British pink sausages”, dictates on the shape of bananas and the size of condoms, how women were “ordered to return their old sex toys” and how tickets in euros made people helpless.
“We never had a single complaint that Boris lied about,” recalls Jeremy Deedes, managing editor of The Telegraph. “Boris understood better than anyone what was happening in Brussels. “
At the time, Eurosceptic Conservative MP Bill Cash traveled regularly to Brussels, where he found a soul mate who explained the dangers of rampant federalism.
Cash reports to Margaret Thatcher: “Boris is the only reporter who knows the details of what’s going on. He tells first line things that are true. Inevitably, however, Boris found another trap.
Tape conversations emerged between him and Darius Guppy, a close friend of the school. Guppy, a fraudster, called Boris for the address of a Sunday tabloid reporter who was investigating him. Guppy admitted he wanted the reporter to have his ribs broken.
Instead of refusing, Boris humored his friend but did not provide the address.
After listening to Boris’ tape and explanation, his boss Hastings was convinced that Johnson was innocent. Against this background of allegations of fraud, in 1999 Boris was appointed editor-in-chief of Spectator magazine.
As expected, Boris-baiters said that entrusting the post to “a lazy and disorganized journalist without any interest in the details” would destroy the prestigious magazine. One said it was “like putting a Ming vase in the hands of a monkey.” Instead, with the flair and flamboyance of the new publisher, the circulation of the magazine has increased.
Although Boris promised owner Conrad Black that he would not try to become a member of Parliament, he knew it was a fake business. But he felt he could take the risk by realizing that he wouldn’t have been offered to be a writer if he had told Black the truth.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds arriving at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day
Boris assumed that Black, ruthless and cheeky himself, would respect those who behaved like him. The Canadian tycoon himself said, “Boris is a very cunning operator. It’s a fox disguised as a teddy bear. I don’t know how he could have continued for so long.
As for his lie, Boris said: “The blessed sponge of amnesia has erased the blackboard of history. I want to have my cake and eat it.
Not only did the Spectator flourish, but its publisher was elected as a member of Parliament for Henley, a safe Conservative seat, in 2001.
It was another step on the scale; but there were still more bricks. He was denounced as a poor MP, rarely seen in the Commons tea room and mocked for his stammering manner. One notable exception was his passionate defense of the pig breeders in his riding.
“Boris did not appreciate Parliament,” said Iain Duncan Smith, then Conservative leader. “He just seemed interested in getting noticed. Three years later, he caught the eye – and it looked like his career was over.
A Spectator editorial emphatically criticized Liverpool’s overly emotional reaction to the killing of a Liverpudlian aid worker by Muslim extremists. He said the city was “addicted to grief” and wallowed in “victim status”. The article also accused drunk Liverpool football fans of causing death on the Hillsborough football field.
Michael Howard, the new Conservative leader, has ordered Boris to apologize in person to Liverpudlians. Any other MP would have been destroyed, but Boris had turned his apology into an art form.
Although his refusal to offer a full apology meant everyone was dissatisfied, his numerous interviews and notoriety somehow quieted the controversy.
Relieved, he made a mistake in another mess three weeks later.
Her adulterous affair with Petronella Wyatt, its deputy editor, was revealed in a Sunday newspaper. Contacted, Boris boasted: “I had no affair with Petronella. It’s a full balderdash It’s an inverted pyramid of piffle. This is a completely false and ridiculous guess.
Boris Johnson was treated for coronavirus at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, pictured. In the background, the Palace of Westminster can be seen in the distance
But faced with an eyewitness account of his adultery, an emissary of Michael Howard asked him: “Did you lie? Boris replied, “This is my private life and I have the right to lie about my private life. “
He was sacked for the second time in his life. A few hours later, his wife Marina ordered him to leave the family home. Shortly after his third layoff, as a publisher Spectator. “I needed it to be managed on a commercial basis,” recalls Andrew Neil, the magazine’s new editor, “not on a whim and a prayer.”
Although re-elected as a member of Parliament, Boris was furious that the new Conservative leader David Cameron had not appointed him to the shadow cabinet. Although the two are in Eton and Oxford, the couple were not friends.
As an income-oriented loner hiding his mistresses, Boris was detached from Cameron and his ilk who liked to shoot with the aristocracy and spend their holidays with their comrade from Notting Hill.
Cameron didn’t want an untrustworthy and uncontrollable celebrity interested only in pursuing her own career. Above all, Cameron judged that Boris was a man without conviction – or just one, recently for speeding.
The snub provoked a response: “I vaguely remember Cameron as a little guy known as the Cameron minor,” said Boris, disdainful of this “second-rate” guy.
Boris appeared to be a bust, a position perfectly summed up a few years later by BBC-era broadcaster Eddie Mair, who in an interview asked him, “Aren’t you make quotes, lie to your party leader, want to be part of a physically assaulted person? You’re a bad job, aren’t you?
Boris later cheerfully replied, “If a BBC presenter can’t attack a nasty conservative politician, what will the world do?” “
As always, the gift of the illusionist was self-preservation.
After two years in the desert, Boris was unexpectedly invited to be a conservative candidate for mayor of London. With the Labor Party leading the national polls at 40% versus 33% for the Conservatives, it seemed like a poisoned chalice.
Polly Toynbee, the matriarchal mocker of the Guardian Tories, denounced “this buffoon, buffoon, serial liar and selfish sociopath … who has never directed anything except his own image.”
Yet his celebrity sparked a “Boris Bounce” with a six percent lead over Ken Livingstone of Labor. Against all odds in a Labor town, Boris’ “Honesty and Skill” campaign prevailed. Despite eight years as mayor with two terms, successfully creating the Olympic Park, building a record number of houses and funding Crossrail, Boris’ term, as always, caused sniping
For example, many conservatives, such as Clare Foges, a former speechwriter for Cameron, described his legacy as “oddly thin” and claimed that he had been “fairly useless as a public administrator”.
Boris Johnson still needs some time to rest after being in intensive care, Interior Secretary Priti Patel said today as No10 said he was “making good progress”.
After becoming a member again in 2015, Boris seemed like a lost soul. But the following year, he agreed to lead the Brexit campaign despite the fact that Remain was ten percent ahead of the polls. Again, against all odds, he took leave to victory.
This proved that, despite a catalog of sins and chaos, the public popularity of Boris Johnson was quite unbeatable. It seems that, with their aversion to the dishonest claims of many traditional politicians, Boris was considered a man by their side. “The public,” suggested Professor Tony Travers, a London expert, “saw the errors as proof of Boris’ authenticity. And that’s how the Boris brand became authenticity.
Up after the Brexit vote, over the next few days in June 2016, Boris organized his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party. However, he found that most Conservative MPs were skeptical about him as a potential prime minister. Boris the buffoon would be considered Boris the traitor, reported The Times. He said, “He’s completely untrustworthy – or, rather, you can trust him completely to always let go of you.” “
To Boris’ amazement, he was stabbed in the back by his friend Michael Gove. Distraught, he withdrew. “I was crazy to trust him,” admitted Boris.
Once again, he was devastated.
“You are as popular as the man who just told his wife that he has a dose of genital herpes,” said a friendly MP. Their conversation was interrupted by a summons to see the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in number 10. The vicar’s daughter had a reputation for making fun of men. She offered Boris the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Another poisoned chalice? Either way, he agreed.
Over the next two years, Boris believed May had tried to humiliate him repeatedly. Another Conservative MP also said to him, “You have to stop making blunders!
“It’s my personality,” replied Boris. “I’m blundering.
But in July 2018, May’s tactics backfired. Boris has resigned for what he saw as his Brexit “surrender” deal. Rather than being humiliated, his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs established his reputation as champion of all Brexiteers.
Eight years earlier, Boris said: “I am more likely to be reincarnated in Elvis Presley or in olive than to be Prime Minister. It was after it was revealed that he had fathered an illegitimate daughter adulterously.
And yet… last July, to the chagrin of this chorus of detractors, Boris Johnson became the 76th British Prime Minister. Everyone who predicted a lazy liar would fail was soon amazed at his industry and his cruelty.
With skillful cunning, and again with numerous opinion polls predicting that the career risk taker would be defeated, he won an overwhelming majority in the December elections. Only Boris could have attracted so many Labor voters to support their traditional enemy.
All his critics were stunned. No less the BBC. Now, of course, their music has changed. Even detractors of Boris Johnson recognize his indispensable character.
No other British politician could have persuaded the nation to embrace the sacrifices and to collaborate with joy to defeat this invisible enemy. Only his worst enemies have prayed that the thread that keeps Boris alive will be broken, but, again, he seems to have defied the odds.