Tory bully boy spinners (part 2) – a more sinister tone…

29th May, 2012 9:44 am

Yesterday I asked why the media are ignoring the bully boy tactics of Tory spinners, especially when they have been so keen to shine their light on unpleasant media practises when Labour spinners have been at fault.

Much of the focus fell on Boris Johnson’s team, but today an article from Johnson biographer Sonia Purnell – entitled “Lust, love and the insinuations Team Boris used to suppress my book” – suggests a more sinister tone to the briefing from Team Boris:

“Indeed, there have been constant insinuations about my motives in writing the book; usually that they were born from lust, love and Boris’s failure to marry me. (The truth is much more boring – someone else suggested it when I badly needed a project after 10 years at home raising two premature babies). This was even put to me as virtual fact on air by a big-name Tory broadcaster on a leading independent radio station. I am told that Team Boris had already started off-the-record briefing sympathetic journalists about my “woman scorned” credentials, clearly some of whom were only too helpful in spreading the false word.

How very unpleasant. Will Johnson apologise for the behaviour of his minions? Or is this culture allowed to thrive in the modern Tory Party?

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