Quotes about Boris Johnson

What worried me was the big chasm between what I saw with my own eyes what was happening and what other people saw and reported and how he reported it in the newspaper

What worried me was the big chasm between what I saw with my own eyes what was happening and what other people saw and reported and how he reported it in the newspaper. I have to say, many times, I thought, goodness, how on earth was he able to report that event in that way because that to seemed to me not at all what had actually happened.

There were a lot of British journalists there at the time from a range of different newspapers from different political traditions and a lot of broadcasters too. I think if you tried to interview pretty much anyone who was in Brussels at that time reporting on the EU they would say the same as me.

I you read my book there’s a whole chapter about quoting dozens of people saying I simply couldn’t believe that he could write that in that way because he must know it’s not true. He is not stupid, he knew it’s not true, but he wanted to make a splash. He wanted to project himself. And was brilliant at that, and he still is. That’s his greatest talent.

4 September 2019 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau