BORIS JOHNSON TAKES AN UNCOMFORTABLE BEATING IN AN INTERVIEW – Jeremy Paxman is well known for this ‘take no prisoners’ style of interviewing. While there are many who appreciate Paxman’s dogged determination to get to the bottom of the issues there are others who feel that his methods border on little more than cohesion and bullying.
When it comes to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, he has often been described at the most unorthodox of politicians, often with wayward or unrealistic views, while his ardent supports see him as a man of vision who’s unkempt exterior belies a shrewd and calculating politician.
It is rare to see Jeremy Paxman interview anyone with such calm and light-heartedness however the interview, that can see viewed below, is one such occasion.
It would be easy to view Boris Johnson as a blithering idiot however watch closely as he manages to completely control the entire interview, much to the joy of Jeremy Paxman, who obviously found the entire experience most amusing.
In a more recent interview with the BBC’s Eddie Mair, Boris Johnson was placed in a very uncomfortable situation as Mr. Mair accused Boris of ‘barefaced lies’ and ‘a thug’ and even rounding off with; “You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?”
It was a hostile interview, something that Boris Johnson is rarely subjected to, and it is feared that the public’s perception of Boris could now be changed resulting in a serious setback for any aspirations of becoming Prime Minister.
Eddie Mair is another one of those political interviewers that has a tendency to grip his victims like a pitball and won’t let go until the floor is well and truly covered in blood.
Boris, unable to really defend himself, certainly became flustered and labeled the interview as ‘holy unfair’ and ‘trivial’ on matters that were long forgotten in the past.
The BBC are also taking a fair bit of flak as once again the Tories come out to say that the BBC appears to have a symbolic ant-tory bias and that Boris was used as little more than a punching bag for BBC to have yet another dig at the Tories.
Some Tory MPs have come out to say that they all expect tough questioning from any interview, but for Eddie Mair to say that Boris was a ‘nasty piece of work’ was gratuitous and uncalled for.
So what exactly did cause Boris Johnson to get so flustered?
Firstly Mr. Mair questioned Boris about his sacking from the Times newspaper in the 1980’s after he making up a quotes for his column. The interview then went onto his removal from the front bench by the then Tory leader Michael Howard after failing to be honest about his affair with Petronella Wyatt in 2004.
The most damaging part was the Darius Guppy incident in 1990. Boris was caught on a recording with his Old Etonian friend Darius Guppy telling him that he would help him obtain the name and address of a journalist so that Darius Guppy could hire a couple of thugs and have him beaten up.
Aren’t you, in fact, making up quotes, lying to your party leader, wanting to be part of someone being physically assaulted? You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?” Eddie Mair
Boris denied the claims saying that he was simply trying to humour Darius Guppy, who was extremely upset and at no time did he ever reveal who the journalist was the reported the fraud that Darius Guppy was involved in.
Boris has since reported that his intends to make no complaint to BBC chiefs over the interview and it is currently unclear as to how much damage the interview has had on his chance of ever becoming Prime Minister.