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Well, spare a thought – it must be so vexing when a cold current of scrutiny intrudes into the warm bath of media adulation Boris Johnson is so accustomed to. People start to get ideas. For instance, look again at the mayor’s famous “fucking bollocks” outburst when asked by BBC London to comment on its revealing that he’d been talking to News International (NI) about sponsorship deals during 2010. The mayor’s first words are:
I don’t know of any discussions going on about that.
What precisely was Mayor Johnson referring to? What exactly did he mean?
Did he mean that he didn’t know that, according to emails released alongside Rupert Murdoch’s testimony to the Leveson inquiry, that he’d had a meeting with Rebekah Brooks, then the NI chief executive, in June 2010 and discussed with her the possibility of NI putting up £2m to become the “lead sponsor” of an academy school in east London?
Did he mean that he didn’t know that in November 2010 – again according to emails released to Leveson – that he had discussed the academy sponsorship idea over lunch with Brooks, James Murdoch, the editor of the Times and education secretary Michael Gove and also watched with them a presentation by a Transport for London official about his cable car scheme, which at that time he was seeking sponsorship for?