Boris Johnson (55) had a sunny start to the new year. The British Prime Minister and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds (31) spent a luxury vacation on the private island of Mustique in the Caribbean from December 26 to January 5.
Even a head of state can go on vacation, of course. But if it is not clear who paid for it, it becomes uncomfortable.
The government said that Johnson’s private friend and multimillionaire David Ross had paid for it. Wrong, says Ross, who co-founded the mobile phone company Carphone Ware on Made fortune, now announced in the British media. He had not paid for Johnson’s vacation, nor had he given him his own villa.
Luxury trip cost 19,000 francs
Ross says: All he did was contact the agency that rented the luxury villas on the island. A couple did not manage to take the vacation, and so a villa spontaneously became vacant, in which Johnson then lived together with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds. The luxury villa has three employees, including an in-house cook.
If it wasn’t Ross – who paid the equivalent of CHF 19,000 for the luxury trip? This question puts pressure on the British prime minister.
Labor politician Jon Trickett (69) criticizes the prime minister: “Boris Johnson has to make it clear who paid for his luxury trip.” Members of Parliament are required to show who is accepting gifts. They have to achieve this clarity within 28 days. “The public deserves to know who pays for their prime minister’s excursions,” says Trickett.
Despite the Iran conflict, Johnson remained in the Caribbean
The luxury trip had previously brought criticism to Johnson. While the British Prime Minister was enjoying the Caribbean, the US-Iran conflict simmered after the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed. Despite the international crisis, Johnson stayed in the Caribbean.
Johnson himself has so far been silent on the piquant matter. Instead of crisis management, he tidied up in his cabinet and recently kicked out Economics Minister Andrea Leadsom (56) from the government.
It is unlikely that he will keep his silence. As head of government, he cannot afford the slightest suspicion that it can be bought. (Eb)