A BBC host’s jaw-dropping response to a bombshell from Boris Johnson’s sister

Rachel Johnson
Tracy Keeling

During an appearance on BBC Radio 4‘s World at One show on 26 September, Rachel Johnson dropped a bombshell about her brother. And the BBC host’s reaction was absolutely jaw-dropping too.

It could be…

During the interview, Johnson spoke about what she thought was behind the PM’s “strongman gambit” in getting the UK out of the EU. After noting her brother’s role, and the role of his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, she said:

It also could be from, who knows, people who have invested billions in shorting the pound or shorting the country in the expectation of a no-deal Brexit. We don’t know.

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To be clear, that’s the PM’s sister raising the prospect that billionaires set to make a mint off the UK leaving the EU without a deal ‘could be’ playing a role in Johnson’s determination to leave by 31 October. That’s a bombshell and a half.

This is, however, how host Sarah Montague responded to it:

But you obviously think those are factors. Umm, do you think your brother is enjoying this?

He’s loving it

That’s right. The BBC host just moved swiftly on to a subject as inane as ‘is he enjoying it?’. The PM’s sister responded by saying “I think he’s loving it”.

I don’t imagine the chaos is the only thing he’s loving, either. Because the BBC host’s choice to essentially run away from the explosive subject of whether financiers play a role in his Brexit strategy probably came as a delight too.

Featured image via Sky News/YouTube

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    1. This has been obvious since the very beginning – it’s a disaster capitalists wet dream in the making.

      Byline Media published this report weeks ago, yet no-one has challenged Johnson on it. https://bylinetimes.com/2019/09/11/brexit-disaster-capitalism-8-billion-bet-on-no-deal-crash-out-by-boris-johnsons-leave-backers/

      This should be Cobyn’s sole line of attack in every single session of Parliament until it is answered. Hammer this point relentlessly for the next month and the fuckers will have to answer.

      1. Yes, that is the point Mr Corbyn ought keep raising.

        Johnson’s odious nature and capacity for making gratuitously hurtful remarks speak for themselves. The Opposition need do little more than act as if dealing with an obnoxious child.

        What requires stressing within and without Parliament is the nature of that which Johnson and his co-conspirators, some ostensibly unconnected with politics but skilled at buying influence, seek to achieve. They want to consolidate neo-liberalism and make it irreversible.

        A substantial proportion o

        1. … of the electorate have experienced nothing other than the ‘Thatcher legacy’. Also, it’s doubtful many understand the implications of the term. The word ‘liberal’ has good connotations as well as bad: derived meanings include ‘tolerant’ and ‘libertine’ (the latter oddly apt in this context).

          The message to put across is that neo-liberal doctrine led to the 2008/9 financial crash, that ‘bailing out’ (and ‘in’) are responses consistent with dogma, and ‘austerity’ imposed upon others is a natural measure for avaricious narcissists to take.

          Few voters have any idea of what goes on in the City of London. ‘Deregulation’ and ‘financialisation’ pass over people’s heads. Endemic corruption in, and of, markets is barely mentioned by mainstream media. Yet, all these and other factors too, touch on ordinary people through ‘austerity’, wage stagnation, rising house prices, barely controlled rentals, inadequate public services, and the perilous position of some pension schemes.

          Virtues flowing from re-introduction of regulation, from stamping on corruption, from reducing wealth disparity, from accepting that public utilities and health services should not be run solely on a for-profit basis, along with other reforms, need explanation in simple terms.

          Mr Corbyn and many of his immediate circle are well able to give the lie to neo-liberalism and to expose the venal nature of people seeking to exploit Brexit for personal gain.

      1. On the contrary the siblings are said to be unusually close. Both Rachel and brother Jo were there supporting Boris Johnson when the result making him Tory leader was announced. This makes their recent actions very significant.

        I listened to the broadcast and was also badly disappointed (though not surprised) when Sarah Montague simply ignored Rachel’s bombshell.

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