Can Jennifer Arcuri bring Boris Johnson down?
Although there are accusations regarding the suitability of all of the candidates vying to be PM in the upcoming general election, only Johnson has come under scrutiny regarding his personal life.
Of course many column inches have been dedicated to Corbyn’s apparent inability to banish anti-semitism from his party and his propulsion of Labour to the Left has been termed Marxist by some, but aside from his political stance, his partner or his children have never so much as peeped over the political parapet.
Johnson on the other hand, wildly criticised for his scholastic buffoonery, his right-wing agenda and his disregard for political convention has consistently had his personal life flashed across the headlines.
It was only a couple of months ago that police were called to his apartment after a so-called domestic dispute and still it seems no one is quite sure how many children he has fathered.
Currently, much in the same way that Trump supporters are endlessly forgiving of the president’s escapades with women, it seems that the PM is made of Teflon and none of the dirt uncovered appears to stick.
However, there is a threat to Number 10 that has re-emerged which it seems may be much harder to bury.
The US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri was supported by Johnson when he was Mayor of London from 2012 regarding her tech company, and an investigation has been underway for sometime regarding the legality of a £126,000 grant being given to her, at his instigation.
In fact the IOPC announced only last week, that its findings regarding these allegations, including whether a criminal case should be brought would be published after the general election.
Of course the PM has consistently denied that he has broken any rules and when questioned earlier in the year, Arcuri refused to confirm or deny that they had had a sexual relationship, thus protecting him from accusations of declaring a personal interest in her business affairs.
However, yesterday Ms Arcuri re-emerged in the media world giving an interview that clarified not only the closeness of her relationship with the PM, but the outrage at the way she had subsequently been treated by him.
In a programme entitled ‘When Boris Met Jennifer’, Arcuri is clearly upset, she stated,
“I’ve kept your secrets, and I’ve been your friend. And I don’t understand why you’ve blocked me and ignored me as if I was some fleeting one-night stand or some girl that you picked up at a bar because I wasn’t - and you know that. And I’m terribly heartbroken by the way that you have cast me aside like I am some gremlin ... He should know me well enough to know who I am ... Shame on him for not answering the phone.”
“I’ve been nothing but loyal, faithful, supportive, and a true confidante of yours.”
Given that Arcuri feels that she has been so loyal, as the saying goes there is nothing so vengeful as a woman scorned, the PM may rue the day he didn’t take her phonecall.
This has all the ingredients of a woman about to write a warts and all memoir of her experiences and Johnson will be wholly grateful that it can’t be published before the election . . . or could it?
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