A Tory minister has been humiliated even after admitting that he does not have the number of Boris Johnson – but a billionaire does.
Carolyn Dinnez said the Prime Minister did not give her number “Willie-Nilly” in an interview with ITV’s Goods Britain.
And to prove it, he scrolled through his phone before saying: “No, I don’t have.”
But she still defended the fact that Sir Tycoon was able to text Sir James Dyson PM – overtaking ITV host Kate Garaway.
The Minister of Culture, Ms. DeNanez, said: “Of course they do not shake hands with Willie-Nilly.
“And I’m not even sure I got the Prime Minister’s number, to be honest with you.
“We’re talking about someone who is one of the top British business people in the world.”
Kate Garvey hit from behind: “Sorry! Just a second!
“You are a cabinet minister and you do not have Boris Johnson’s number, but a commercial operator has his number and you think it is appropriate because there is a commercial operator?”
The minister replied “I don’t think it’s fair …” before closing and saying she wasn’t sure if she had the number.
He then watched it live in the air through his phone to check that he did not have it.
This week it has emerged that Boris Johnson tried to “fix” a tax rule to billionaire Sir James Dyson to help his workers build ventilators for the NHS.
Mr Johnson insisted that he was “no apology” for saving lives in any way – and was supported by Tony Blair, who said “I find it hard to work about this.”
But today Mr Blair was asked to respond, with ex-PM Gordon Brown telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I think Tony would agree that it had to be done in a proper way.
“You may not be able to advocate ministers privately to people in the commercial interest and nobody really knows what those decisions are going to be and how they are made.
“This 90-day rule was complaining about Dyson – that you can only be taxed in the country for 90 days without paying tax and elsewhere – so controversial.
“You’ve got loads of people who are angry and want something to change, and yet it [James Dyson] Has special access. “
He said: “Many of us have real problems that we want to deal with.
“Inadequate social care, waiting for things to happen, not enough support for people outside of work.
“And we don’t have a straight line for ministers like Boris Johnson. We can’t text them, we can’t call them on our mobile phones.”