Columnist Rod Liddle, who in the past has had his own share of less-than-savoury views, makes the accusation in the magazine’s current issue. He says:
“I have the suspicion that if Boris were still editor of The Spectator…he would have been on the phone to me, or another of his columnists, fulminating about the “leftie multicultural crap”…”
Which is interesting. In the aftermath of Burley’s now-famous Twitter comments — which might have been described as career-destroying, had he any hope of a career left even before them — Boris’ reaction was quite different. He said:
“People say it was all leftie stuff. That is nonsense. I’m a Conservative and I had hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning. I was blubbing like Andy Murray.”
So which Boris is the real one? Bumbling Mayor of London or “fulminating” right-wing editor?