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Stanley Johnson, father of Boris Johnson, has provoked a furious backlash after questioning the intelligence of the British public.
Appearing on the Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning, Johnson senior was presented with a comment from a viewer saying that his son was a liar – calling the Prime Minister “Pinocchio”.
In response, Stanley Johnson said: “That requires a degree of literacy which I don’t think the British public necessarily have.”
Asked what he meant by that comment, Johnson continued to say: “They couldn’t spell Pinocchio if they tried.”
Understandably, the backlash on social media has been fierce.
Labour campaigner Michael Chessum called it the “bigot-gate” moment of the campaign so far, while Owen Jones said it indicated that they (presumably the Tories), have a “burning contempt for working class people.”
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