When Boris was married (for the second time) to barrister Marina Wheeler, he began an affair with journalist Petronella, who had an abortion

While the political class conducts airy debates on why Boris Johnson’s government collapsed so ingloriously this week, I have a simpler explanation.

It was the women who finished him off. No, not Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Suella Braverman or the other ambitious Cabinet she-wolves who wanted him gone so they could lead the pack. I mean Boris’s lovers.

The PM’s rackety private life has left a long list of jilted women — from Petronella Wyatt to Marina Wheeler, Helen Macintyre, Anna Fazackerley and Jennifer Arcuri.

What did these relationships have in common? One thing: his willingness to lie to them, or about them.

When Boris was married (for the second time) to barrister Marina Wheeler, he began an affair with journalist Petronella, who had an abortion

Boris Johnson, pictured at the Spectator Magazine Summer Party in 2006 with Petronella Wyatt, right. Johnson had an affair with Ms Wyatt who later had an abortion

More recently Johnson had an affair with pole dancing IT instructor Jennifer Arcuri

When Boris was married (for the second time) to barrister Marina Wheeler, he began an affair with journalist Petronella, who had an abortion. In 2004, he lied to his then-boss, Tory leader Michael Howard, that tales of his affair with Petronella were false. He was found out — and sacked. Within two years, there was a new rumoured dalliance with journalist Anna Fazackerley, neither confirmed nor denied by her.

He had yet another affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre and even a ‘love-child’ daughter with her.

More recently there was Jennifer Arcuri, the pole-dancing ‘IT instructor’ he visited at home when he was London Mayor. After these women came Carrie Symonds, who became his third wife and with whom he has found happiness.

Throughout this litany of lust, Boris was willing to go home to Marina, the mother of four of his seven children, and lie about where he’d been.

He had yet another affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre and even a ‘love-child’ daughter with her

And if you can lie to your wife about the lipstick on your collar, you can lie to a country about a party you attended or whether or not you knew about the claims of groping levelled against a minor government figure.

Boris achieved many things: getting Brexit done, delivering the biggest Tory majority since the 1980s, rolling out Covid jabs and winning the Red Wall.

But he is also a liar and, as he learnt when his marriage of 25 years to Marina collapsed, when liars are found out, trust is broken for ever.

Boris has been undone by his lying. So now, after two failed marriages and one prematurely ended government, is it too much to hope he will start telling the truth?

Bad Elf advice

James Caan, who died this week aged 82, was tortured by Kathy Bates in Misery and machine-gunned to pieces as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. But the role I’ll most remember him for was as Will Ferrell’s dad in Elf.

The Hollywood hellraiser married four times, had five children and admitted snorting a lot of cocaine.

I’m guessing Caan took Elf’s philosophy of life to heart: ‘Treat every day like Christmas.’ Snow and all.

Step in the right direction, Arun

As I well know, being a step-parent is tricky — especially when you split up with the child’s biological parent. So it was heartwarming to see Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian post a picture of ‘Mama and Daddyo at graduation with mee’. Despite Liz and Arun Nayar divorcing when he was nine, luscious-locked Damian and his stepdad have clearly remained close. As my own stepson said to me recently: with patience, water can be as thick as blood. 

Tt was heartwarming to see Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian post a picture of ‘Mama and Daddyo at graduation with mee’. Despite Liz and Arun Nayar divorcing when he was nine, luscious-locked Damian and his stepdad have clearly remained close

Tess followed the van 

Denise van Outen reveals she was offered the chance to present a new show called Strictly Come Dancing with Bruce Forsyth but turned it down because it sounded ‘boring’. Churlish, Denise — or prophetic? Tess Daly stepped into her twinkly shoes and has bored us ever since. 

Denise van Outen reveals she was offered the chance to present a new show called Strictly Come Dancing with Bruce Forsyth but turned it down because it sounded ‘boring’

Four in five millennial parents are anxious to ensure their kids have a ‘positive’ bedtime experience — even using a ‘soother’ to play relaxing sounds. What happened to ‘turn out the light, don’t let the bedbugs bite’? These days, that would be deemed child abuse. 

It seems Serena Williams didn’t go to this week’s Centre Court centenary celebrations amid a dispute over five courtesy cars she wanted for the whole of Wimbledon. As one of the world’s richest sportswomen, Serena should have put her hand in her pocket — if only to honour humbler greats who did show up, such as Billie Jean King, 78. 

Damian’s tough love

Before Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory died of cancer at 52, she told her husband Damian Lewis, ‘love isn’t possessive’.

Helen wanted him to find happiness again, though she added with her inimitable humour she’d prefer it if Damian didn’t ‘snog someone at my funeral’.

Fifteen months later, he is dating American rocker Alison Mosshart, 43. In the days to come, who will find it harder: Alison, as she tries not to fill Helen’s shoes, or his two teenage children who have to share Dad with another woman when the loss of their mum is still raw?

Damian Lewis, pictured, is dating Alison Mosshart following the tragic death of his wife Helen McCrory, who died of cancer aged 52

   

More from Amanda Platell for the Daily Mail…

Westminster wars

Having been summarily sacked from the Cabinet for his ‘treachery’ on Wednesday night, Michael Gove will now have to leave the £25 million grace-and-favour government residence that Boris was letting him use. Levelling up at last!

  • ‘I’m not a quitter,’ insists ex-Health Secretary Sajid Javid in his toe-curling Commons address. ‘I didn’t quit when I was told boys like me couldn’t do maths, or when old-school bankers said I didn’t have the right school tie, or when I was told I couldn’t marry the love of my life.’ With sob stories like that, the Speaker should lay on sick bags.
  • Reflecting on the Chris Pincher story, Edwina Currie boasts that in her day, Conservatives enjoyed ‘a better class of scandal’. She should know, having spent much of her time as a cabinet minister serving ‘under’ her married lover John Major.

The pride of the lionesses

Male footballers could learn from the Lionesses who this week won their first game of the Women’s Euro 2022 before a crowd of 73,000. No brawls, no diving, no racism. What’s more, five — including captain Leah Williamson — are in gay relationships, while only one male Football League player has come out while playing. So that’s 5-1 to the women: a great record for the pride.

Kate goes to Wimbledon in a blue and white polka dot dress almost identical to a frock Diana wore. At the polo she kisses William in a white dress while he wears a number four polo shirt — identical to one Charles wore when Diana, also in white, gave her hubby a peck on the cheek. Pure coincidence — or is Kate carrying Diana’s fashion flame a bit too diligently? Intentional or not, it looks weird. 

History student Taylor Carolan, 21, gave his tutor ‘nul points’ after the lecturer laughed at his proposed dissertation on the Eurovision Song Contest. He went on to receive a coveted first for the essay. ‘I proved him wrong,’ declares proud Taylor — who now works in a café. 

Three months since Brooklyn Beckham and heiress Nicola Peltz’s $3 million wedding and still they are on honeymoon, sailing around the Mediterranean. Brook the Cook isn’t paying for all this from work in a kitchen. It’s become obvious he hasn’t inherited his parents’ talent or work ethic. 

Kim Kardashian says, at 41, she’s finally learnt to accept her imperfections. She does, however, confess she still ‘hates’ her ‘wrinkly and gross’ hands. Is that because they’re one of the few parts of the body you still can’t surgically enhance? 

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