Highly amused by the BBC’s take on Boris Johnson’s alleged brush with the white lines…..
COURTESY OF THE BBC
Mr Johnson, a man with far more personal and colourful skeletons in his closet, has remained quiet throughout the early days of this contest.
On the subject of cocaine, there has been no public comment from the former foreign secretary, despite a continued haze lingering over his previous involvement with drugs.
The issue was first put to Mr Johnson in a 2005 episode of “Have I Got News For You”, where he replied that he had tried “unsuccessfully” to snort cocaine while at university but “sneezed” instead!!!
Cue raptures of laughter from the audience and, in time-honoured Johnson tradition, the specifics of the question remain unanswered – lost in a cacophony of charming buffoonery.
But two years later, the bombastic politician appeared to go further, telling GQ magazine he tried cocaine and cannabis as a teenager and remembers it “vividly”.
That was later rowed back on during his campaign to be mayor of London in 2008, when he said that it was “simply untrue” that he had taken cocaine, adding that he had been offered a “white substance, none of which went up my nose”.
Journalists are now being heavily steered towards this version of events.
But whatever did or didn’t enter the nostrils of Mr Johnson three decades ago, the body blows being taken by his rival go some way to backing up his current understated campaign approach.
Yet the tousle-haired frontrunner will have to come out of the shadows eventually.
And when he does, Mr Johnson too will face questions about his past and his policies.
This leadership election is only just getting going.
Let’s Tour England !