Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Boris, Darius the thugs and the journo

Via Timmy I am happy to publish a correction to Polly's allegations about Boris's involvement with Darius Guppy; the whey-faced, dishonest, old bitch wrote the following:
... how has [Boris Johnson] survived the Darius Guppy scandal when he was recorded agreeing to find a journalist's contact details so old Etonian friend Guppy could have the man beaten up? How badly? Guppy suggested just a few cracked ribs. Later when Guppy was jailed for a £1.8m insurance fraud, Boris explained his role with: "Oh poor old Darry was in a bit of a hole. He was being hounded."

Free Born John, a man who has had fascinating dealings with Guppy now puts the record straight (since it was the tapes that John made which Polly refers to). [Emphasis mine.]
Less funny is the possibility that this episode could unjustly affect Johnson's candidacy for Mayor of London. I don't especially support Johnson, though I loathe Livingstone, but I'd like to see a fair contest. So let me just explain Johnson's role, as far as I can make it out from the tapes I made at the time.

He didn't know the heavies were planning to rip Guppy off. It must have seemed a serious plot. Guppy made it clear that he could try other means of finding the journalist's address. Johnson assured him he didn't have to - and did absolutely nothing at all to find it himself. I actually had that confirmed by Clive Goodman, the now disgraced formed News of the World royal correspondent who listened to the tape. Johnson said he would approach a specific third party. He specifically didn't. The only conclusion I can draw is that he was trying to make sure Guppy didn't manage to have the man attacked. Rather, he was stalling, waiting for Guppy's attention span to expire - a safe bet for those who knew him well.

I have to admit, grudgingly, that it is to Johnson's credit that he stood by his friend during his subsequent trial and conviction. I'd have prefered it otherwise, for personal reasons, but Johnson didn't abandon his childhood friend when it would have been convenient. I'm not aware he subsequently had much to do with him, but he wouldn't join in the pecking party.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say Johnson took the approach "never explain, never apologise". The full quote is: "Boldness has genius, power and magic in it... Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologise".

So, what Polly wrote was, in fact, a severe distortion of the truth. At best.

Why the fuck am I not surprised? Is Polly Toynbee pathologically incapable of writing anything true, at all?

Flippant though the comment was, does anyone think that one could report Polly to the Press Complaints Commission for her numerous lies? Apart from anything else, it would be fucking hilarious to see all the journos squirm as their Columnist of the Year was censured for being a lying, old bag.

8 comments:

Neil Harding said...

Oh come on DK, there is a tape recording of Boris agreeing to track someone down so they can be beaten up. Clever attempt at spin there, you make NuLabour look like like amateurs at this spin game.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Neil,

If you had bothered to click through to read the rest of Free Born John's article, you would have realised that it was he who made the fucking tape.

In fact, I said in my post, "it was the tapes that John made which Polly refers to".

Do try to keep up.

DK

Neil Harding said...

Exactly and 'freebornjohn' does not deny that Boris agreed to track someone down to have them beaten up.

He then tries to invent a scenario that makes Boris look better. Perhaps Boris did have no attention of carrying out this nasty work (who knows) but he did agree to doing it (on tape). There is no going back on this. At best it shows Boris prone to bad judgement, at worst it shows him to be a shady character willing to help fraudsters beat people up. Not the sort of person we would want running London. The fact you try to spin the story and try and defend this guy is outrageous.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Neil,

Free Born John made the fucking tape; he was involved with the surveillance at all stages; he is not a particular Boris fan and, I think it is safe to assume, he knows far more about the whole thing than you do. However, let me spell this out for you.

"Guppy made it clear that he could try other means of finding the journalist's address."

Not a difficult thing to do really; so the journo would definitely have been found and kicked. OK?

"Johnson assured him he didn't have to..."

i.e. Boris said, "don't bother finding his address. I will do it."

" - and did absolutely nothing at all to find it himself."

You see? That way, Darius didn't go chasing after the journo himself, because Boris said he would find the address.

Boris then didn't find the address and hoped that the whole thing would blow over.

"I actually had that confirmed by Clive Goodman, the now disgraced formed News of the World royal correspondent who listened to the tape. Johnson said he would approach a specific third party. He specifically didn't. The only conclusion I can draw is that he was trying to make sure Guppy didn't manage to have the man attacked. Rather, he was stalling, waiting for Guppy's attention span to expire - a safe bet for those who knew him well."

Which, of course, Boris did.

Now, I know that you would rather believe the worst of people: that is why you are a socialist.

However, I find it unlikely that Boris qould give the address of a fellow journo; after all, if journos did that, Boris could easily be next.

But most of all, Neil, Free Born John made the fucking tapes and he knows a fuck sight better than you. So, why don't you crawl back under your stone, eh? There's a good boy.

DK

Fidothedog said...

Oh, I think Neils cage has now been rattled! Expect lots of socialist squarking.

Peter Risdon said...

If Guppy had found some willing thugs, and Johnson had not behaved as he did, the Screws journalist would have been beaten up. Johnson went to some lengths to stop Guppy trying other means of finding the address. He undertook to speak to two specific people in News International, where he had worked (at that time he was in Brussels working for the Telegraph). Clive Goodman made enquiries several months later and established that Johnson never approached these people.

It is, as DK might say, pretty fucking clear cut. The tapes have been in the public domain for years and there's no point my trying to distort this.

What's more, Guppy's friends were used to hearing wild schemes from him, and to gently steering him into a safe harbour. I'll tell the story about the Man in the Gold Balaclava one day. Johnson might have had to do this sort of thing before - humour Guppy and make sure he didn't do anything silly.

And no, I'm not a Tory. I'm a libertarian.

ZipperZapperSnapper said...

Boris is capable of anything. He's a fucking monkey. Up the Newtman!

tommy grasscutter said...

For the truth behind how Peter Risdon obtained the Johnson Tapes see:

http://nobodylikesagrass.com

In particular, see exhibits 2 and 3 - an affidavit by his business partner

The facts:

Risdon was a paid police informer

He was also an habitual and incompetent petty criminal.

He was a total fantasist, liar and hypocrite. The evidence in the above-mentioned site leaves no shadow of doubt about this.

He has set himself up as a defender of free expression yet has done his utmost to censor the truth about his less than heroic past - including running to his handlers in the police.

He had a weird obsession with Guppy and only turned supergrass against him and others after he was caught attempting a diamond insurance fraud himself.

Since that time he has come up with excuses for his actions that would make most people fall off their chairs laughing (see Exhibits 48 and 49, for example).

He has even lost recently in a libel case brought against him by Guppy (see Exhibit 53).

He used to offer to sweep his clients' offices for bugs only to plant listening devices himself in the hope of being able to blackmail those clients at some future date.

That's how he obtained the Johnson tapes which he then offered to sell to the highest bidder on Fleet street and has bragged about it ever since.

Guppy sought to hire Risdon's business partner (the man who swore the affidavit in Exhibits 2 and 3) because a News of the World journalist had attempted to libel members of his family.

So what? Someone please tell me what's wrong with beating up journalists? Especially if they work for the News of the World.

Boris and Darius should get medals - provided they finish the job.