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SARAH VINE: Did Boris want to be World King to protect his fragile and sick mother?

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Earlier this year, I read – and very much enjoyed – Rachel Johnson’s mischievous political memoir, Rake’s Progress. Ostensibly it’s about her ill-fated efforts to get elected as a pro-Remain MEP for the doomed Change UK party.

But there are also some fascinating insights into her family life, and in particular her childhood growing up with three brothers, one of whom is, of course, our Prime Minister.

She writes about their chaotic childhood, their charismatic but absent father Stanley, their beautiful but troubled mother Charlotte. She paints a picture of benign neglect, a peripatetic existence often teetering on the brink of disaster.

‘Today the Johnson children would have been taken into care,’ she says, describing Charlotte as a ‘tethered brood mare’ who ‘it seemed to me spent most of her time when she wasn’t looking after us smoking or cleaning’.

Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, gestures as he speaks during a news conference unveiling coronavirus emergency plans inside number 10 Downing Street in London on March 3

Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, gestures as he speaks during a news conference unveiling coronavirus emergency plans inside number 10 Downing Street in London on March 3

One of her brothers eats a strange mushroom he finds behind the cooker and ends up in hospital; Rachel herself almost chokes to death on a piece of eggshell. As for her mother: ‘She was admitted to the Maudsley Hospital with a case of OCD so severe that doctors ended up trying, and failing, to cure her with electric shock treatment, which was at least less violent than the other therapy most fashionable at the time, a lobotomy.’

At the time, I thought all this was just a case of Rachel being a bit over-the-top in her usual breezy, self-deprecating way.

But today’s frankly earth-shattering revelation that their father, Stanley, as well as being an absentee dad and a serial adulterer, also once hit his wife Charlotte so hard that he broke her nose, has shed an entirely different light on her recollections.

Suddenly, what seemed like nothing worse than a slightly eccentric upbringing is revealed as very far removed from the glamorous, bohemian image of an unconventional but otherwise happy family the Johnsons have always cultivated.

And it shows, in a way that Rachel only ever hinted at, the difficult family circumstances that characterised Boris’s early years. Because Rachel is right: as Tom Bower’s book details, today those children would have been taken into care.

This alleged incident, which will no doubt only serve to deepen the already existing differences within the Johnson clan, is very concerning indeed. And for once it’s not just malicious gossip: the story comes directly from Stanley’s former wife, Charlotte: ‘He broke my nose. He made me feel like I deserved it.’ An image emerges that is very far from the bumbling but broadly benign Stanley Johnson we know and love.

What fresh hell is this? 

In their infinite wisdom, MPs have decided to legalise e-scooters. 

That’s right, those overgrown toddlers hurtling along our streets at 40mph on souped-up skateboards: Government approved. 

The other day I saw one on a dual-carriageway. 

I’m no fan of the nanny state but do we really want to be encouraging such suicidal levels of stupidity? 

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Is it true? The broken nose incident has been confirmed by the family – but Stanley insists it was the only time he was violent and that it occurred in the midst of an argument, and that it was accidental. Boris and his siblings, it seems, were well aware of what was going on. On the occasion that he broke her nose, they were told their mother had been hit by a car door. But they were not stupid – far from it.

Charlotte herself says they knew the truth: ‘That was terrible for the children.’

It must have taken incredible bravery for Boris’s mother, who now suffers from Parkinson’s, to decide to tell her story to biographer Tom Bower.

It also, to my mind, shows how hard it must have been for her and the children that, 45 years on, she should want to dig up memories that many might have felt would have been better left buried in the mists of time. Of course, an isolated act of domestic violence doesn’t just affect those directly on the receiving end. It can have a long-lasting impact on those around it, children in particular.

The knowledge now that Boris might have been a witness to such a traumatic event, and that his early years could have been characterised by such heart-breaking scenes will, inevitably, make even the Prime Minister’s most vehement critics see him in a very different – and, I suspect, far more sympathetic – light.

For the young Boris, seeing his beloved mother being treated this way by a father he also adored and idolised, would only have led to deep feelings of confusion and hurt, compounded by the fact that when his parents divorced, the children were effectively left to fend for themselves.

‘We were abandoned as children after the divorce,’ says Rachel. ‘We had to bring ourselves up. We had no home.’

How much did all this shape the character of the man who now leads the country at this most testing of times?

We are all, inevitably, products of our upbringing. But this picture of a troubled, unstable childhood is not only a stark reminder that such things can happen in any family, regardless of wealth and class; it also perhaps answers some of the enduring questions about Boris himself, and the true nature of this most mercurial of politicians.

There can be no doubt that the Prime Minister has faced an impossible challenge over these past few months.

There are many, both throughout the country at large and within his own party, who feel that the Boris they elected – the grandiloquent libertarian, the gung-ho go-getter, the man whose infectious enthusiasm and indefatigable appetites have always inspired an army of followers – has been replaced by an entirely different creature altogether.

Interestingly, his mother also thinks Boris’s childhood informed another undeniable aspect of his character: his attitude towards women and his serial infidelities. ‘Boris’s adultery,’ says his mother, ‘is just like his father’s.’ Pictured, Boris Johnson as a young boy

Interestingly, his mother also thinks Boris’s childhood informed another undeniable aspect of his character: his attitude towards women and his serial infidelities. ‘Boris’s adultery,’ says his mother, ‘is just like his father’s.’ Pictured, Boris Johnson as a young boy

Boris 2020 is very different from Boris 2019. And while much of it is understandable – after all, what man wouldn’t be changed in some way by a brush with the Grim Reaper, the arrival of a new baby and having to deal with a global pandemic – there are many who see him as too in thrall to his scientific advisers, overtly cautious, insufficiently maverick.

A more sombre, careful individual, a man who suddenly doesn’t seem quite so sure of himself. A man who sometimes stumbles over his words, who seems to be looking to others for validation. In short, not the ‘real’ Boris, the Boris of old.

But the question in my mind, having got a flavour of what he endured growing up, is the extent to which that Boris was ever ‘real’.

If women ruled the world… 

We’d long ago have had clarity as to whether Christmas is cancelled or not.

I did have one thought that might help, though: the current school end-of-term date is Friday, December 18. 

If that was to be moved to Friday, December 11, then children could have a two-week isolation from their massive year bubbles – and safely spend time with their grandparents on Christmas Day. 

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How much of Boris’s Boris-ness, as it were, was every truly him – and how much an elaborate defence mechanism designed to conceal a much more subtle, nuanced and complex personality?

Think, for example, of the now infamous incident when, as a young boy, he declared that he wanted to be ‘World King’.

This is often given as proof of his seemingly unquenchable thirst for power.

But if you are a little boy whose life is chaos, who longs for control, who wants to make things right, who is desperate to try to help your fragile and sick mother, wouldn’t you want to make it all right?

As his mother Charlotte herself says: ‘I have often thought that his being “World King” was a wish to make himself unhurtable, invincible, somehow safe from the pains of your mother disappearing for eight months.’

It’s heart-breaking, really, when you think about it.

Interestingly, his mother also thinks Boris’s childhood informed another undeniable aspect of his character: his attitude towards women and his serial infidelities. ‘Boris’s adultery,’ says his mother, ‘is just like his father’s.’

Whether that is true or not, I cannot say. Whatever their faults, both are undeniably hugely charismatic alpha males, and, as such, highly appealing to women.

But it is certainly true that fathers inevitably shape their children’s behaviour, and in particular that of sons.

It must have been hard for Boris growing up with a father who not only made his mother very unhappy, but who also made it clear by his actions that his family were not always his first priority.

Perhaps that left him, in some way, with an insatiable need to be loved.

Either way, there is little doubt that it will be incredibly painful for all the family, and Boris in particular, to relive these unhappy memories from so long ago, however much the revelation might represent a kind of closure for his mother.

It is the curse of all public figures that sooner or later someone will find that one bit of dirty laundry you had completely forgotten about. Boris, it has to be said, seems to have rather more than most.

On this occasion he can at least take solace from the fact that, for once, it is not his fault.

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Lloyds Bank has told most of its 65,000 staff to work from home until spring at the earliest.

It wants them to stay away from the office for at least the next five months following Government guidance urging employees to work remotely if they can.

The move by the bank will come as a blow to the City of London, where it employs thousands.

Lloyds Bank has told most of its 65,000 staff to work from home until spring at the earliest. A bank branch is pictured above

Lloyds Bank has told most of its 65,000 staff to work from home until spring at the earliest. A bank branch is pictured above

About two-thirds are working from home, but staff are still serving customers at its 890 branches.

Lloyds said: ‘In line with guidance from the UK and national governments, and given the majority of our colleagues are working from home, we have asked them to continue to do so until at least spring.’

However, the shift by big businesses to work from home is adding to fears of another recession. 

Catherine McGuinness, chairwoman of the City of London’s policy committee, said it was vital to bring people back to offices to support the economy, adding: ‘My big fear is… we may see the economy freezing over the winter, just when we need a recovery for saving jobs.

Banks bonus bonanza from pandemic

Banks are boosting their bonus pots as City traders rake in huge profits from turmoil in the markets.

Barclays has bumped up its cash pile for bonuses so far this year to £745 million – almost a tenth more than it set aside for the same period in 2019.

American investment banks with thousands of staff in the UK, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, have also set aside larger bonus pools this year. Investment banks have pocketed chunky fees from helping firms raise cash to weather coronavirus. 

Banks will finalise bonus payouts at the end of the year, but any sign of bumper bonuses during the Covid crisis is likely to be controversial. It will also anger UK bank shareholders, whose dividends stopped in March.

The Bank of England will decide later in the year whether the dividends can restart. Banks were told to drop them to protect against an economic storm.

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‘I am really worried about the supporting businesses – the bars, the cafes, the hairdressers – and how they will manage to survive.

‘The economic impact will be phenomenal if we’re not careful.’

Chris Williamson, an economist at the business consultancy IHS Markit, warned: ‘The pace of economic growth slowed in October to the weakest since recovery from the national lockdown began.’

Other large firms are closing offices or asking employees if they want to work from home for ever.

The consultancy Deloitte could shut four offices, which would leave 500 people working from home, and investment manager Schroders told its 5,000 global staff in August they could work where they chose.

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Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Trump’s ‘unfunny creep’ jibe and says ‘I don’t find you funny either’

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Sacha Baron Cohen said the feeling was mutual after President Trump told reporters that he didn’t find the comedian funny following scenes from his new Borat movie leaving the White House in an awkward position. 

While aboard Air Force One Friday night, Trump was asked if he had seen the Borat sequel scene that showed Rudy Giuliani in what appeared to be a compromising position with one of the movie’s actors and about whether he had any concerns about White House security breaches.  

As part of his response, Trump said ‘I don’t find him [Cohen] funny’ and added ‘To me, he’s a creep.’ 

On Saturday afternoon, Cohen took to Twitter to respond to the president. 

Sacha Baron Cohen (as Borat) took to Twitter Saturday to respond to President Trump's Friday night remark that he thought Cohen was not funny and a 'creep'

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Sacha Baron Cohen (as Borat, left) took to Twitter Saturday to respond to President Trump’s (right) Friday night remark that he thought Cohen was not funny and a ‘creep’

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‘Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat!’ Cohen tweeted. 

‘I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!’ 

January 20 is typically the day when new presidents are inaugurated. 

Trump has had a long-standing feud with Cohen ever since Cohen interviewed the president during an episode of HBO’s Da Ali G Show in 2003.

During his Air Force One comment about Cohen, Trump referenced that interaction. 

‘Years ago, you know, he tried to scam me,’ Trump said. ‘And I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy.’   

The latest brouhaha between the two men comes after promo footage for Cohen’s  new Borat Subsequent Moviefilm showed actress Mara Bakalova allegedly managing to get onto the grounds of the White House without a proper security check or a COVID test. 

A separate scene, which is included in the actual film, features Bakalova taking part in a sting of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. 

The former Mayor of New York City was seemingly filmed in a compromising position with the 24-year-old starlet inside a hotel room. 

President Trump has lashed out at comedian Sasha Baron Cohen after his new Borat movie left the White House red-faced. The Commander-in-chief called Cohen an unfunny 'creep' as he flew back to Washington from rallies in Florida on Friday

President Trump has lashed out at comedian Sasha Baron Cohen after his new Borat movie left the White House red-faced. The Commander-in-chief called Cohen an unfunny ‘creep’ as he flew back to Washington from rallies in Florida on Friday 

Cohen's new mockumentary film - titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - features a scene in which the titular character's daughter, played by actress Mara Bakalova (left), embarrasses Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani

Cohen’s new mockumentary film – titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – features a scene in which the titular character’s daughter, played by actress Mara Bakalova (left), embarrasses Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani 

Back in the mid-2000s, Cohen dressed up as his character Ali G and met with Trump. However, the billionaire businessman quickly realized he was being set up

Back in the mid-2000s, Cohen dressed up as his character Ali G and met with Trump. However, the billionaire businessman quickly realized he was being set up

Earlier on Friday, Cohen tweeted out promo footage from the new Borat movie which showed actress Mara Bakalova was able to gain admittance to the White House last month – making it steps from the Oval Office.  

DailyMail.com was present at the White House when OAN correspondent Chanel Rion conducted an interview of the actress while being trailed back and forth by a camera and sound crew on September 16.  

The film character Borat tweeted out footage of the day-trip Friday, mocking what the account cast as a security breach. ‘Trump very careful who he let into his events and house. No Covid test necessary – High 5!’

He attached footage of Bakalova, who in the movie plays Borat’s daughter Tutar Sagdiyev, being interviewed by Rion.

The Borat character mocks the conservative network as ‘most rigorous news source in America,’ and includes footage of Trump calling on ‘OAN’ and Rion claiming to have uncovered ‘multiple crimes’ in Ukraine committed by the Bidens. 

The White House visit is one of three encounters which span months. Bakalova – who at the time was brunette – was both at a Trump reception for supporters in Phoenix and shook hands with Don Jr. at the CPAC conservative conference, both in February.  She visited the White House – this time with blond hair – in September, two months after the Giuliani encounter. Bakalov is 24, but her character in the movie is his 15-year-old daughter.

The footage of her encounters with Trump and the first family were released on Twitter and are not in the movie itself, suggesting that there may be more material coming from Baron Cohen’s production team. 

The Borat character posted footage of actress Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in Borat 2, being interviewed by OANN's Chanel Rion at the White House. A Marine stationed behind them indicates that the president was in the West Wing

The Borat character posted footage of actress Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in Borat 2, being interviewed by OANN’s Chanel Rion at the White House. A Marine stationed behind them indicates that the president was in the West Wing

At event: 'Borat's daughter' was also at this Trump reception on February 19 before a rally in Phoenix. The camera pans from Trump to show the actress

At event: ‘Borat’s daughter’ was also at this Trump reception on February 19 before a rally in Phoenix. The camera pans from Trump to show the actress 

She is seen clapping after President Trump speaks at an event

Applauding the president: This is Maria Bakalova as the camera pans from Donald Trump, his son Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle at a reception for supporters on February 19. She changes from brunette to blonde in the course of the movie

The Borat Twitter account sent out the clip hours after the release of his new film

The Borat Twitter account sent out the clip hours after the release of his new film

The crew didn’t come with the correspondent, and is believed to be associated with the interview subject and actress. 

The film clip raises serious questions about security and safety at the White House.

September 20 was just days before the superspreader unveiling of SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and a time when people coming on to White House property were supposed to be tested for coroanvirus.

But in the clip, narrated in character by Baron Cohen, he said: ‘I know this because they take my daughter into the White House,’ he said – as the short video switches to footage shot on the north lawn with Bakalova. She also tours the White House briefing room, which is right outside the West Wing offices used by the president and his staff.

BORAT’S MONTHS OF TRUMP WORLD ‘PENETRATIONS’

FEBRUARY 19, 2020

Maria Bakalova, 24, a Bulgarian national who is playing Borat’s 15-year-old daughter Tutar Sagdiyev, is filmed at a reception for Trump’s supporters in a small conference room before a mega-rally in Phoenix, AZ. On stage with the president are his son Don Jr. and Don Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, before the camera pans to Bakalova, at this point a brunette, clapping exuberantly

FEBRUARY 27 

Sacha Baron Cohen, playing Borat but dressed up as President Donald Trump in a 56-inch fat suit, runs into the main hall at CPAC where Vice President Mike Pence is speaking. Baron Cohen is carrying Bakalova and shouts: ‘Michael Pennis! I brought a girl for you!’ He is escorted out but not arrested and his cover is not busted

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At the same event Bakalova introduces herself to Don Jr. telling him she is ‘excited’ to meet him

JULY 7

Bakalova arranges to ‘interview’ Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, at the Mark Hotel in New York. After the interview, she invites him to drink Scotch in the bedroom of the hotel suite where the interview took place, where he lies down on the bed. After telling her he will give her his ‘phone number and address,’ he touches her above the waist and undoes his pants. Baron Cohen rushes in shouting: ‘She 15. She too old for you.’ Giuliani flees and his security guard calls the police. Giuliani tells the New York Post about some of the encounter that day but leaves out the part where he goes into the bedroom and has his hand down his pants

SEPTEMBER 16

Bakalova – who is now blond – is seen at the White House with OAN correspondent Chanel Rion, going into the Brady Press Briefing Room where Trump that day delivers a COVID briefing and walking close to the Rose Garden. The president is in the West Wing as she is filmed speaking to Rion walking the grounds of the White House

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‘No need for security test or COVID test. They boring,’ he said. 

It is unclear how an actress would be able to access the executive mansion in the identity of her character – and particularly given that Baklova is Bulgarian, not American. DailyMail.com has asked the White House for comment.

The Borat clip identifies the White House clip as September 20, although DailyMail.com obtained footage of the encounter on September 16. 

She may have been a guest of Rion, a controversial figure who crashed White House COVID briefings and refused to wear a mask, and who has opened a feud with the White House Correspondents Association over their attempt to curb numbers of journalists on the property during the pandemic.

Rion has partied at Mar-a-Lago and boasts close ties to Giuliani – ironically the target of the most high-profile stunt by Borat.  

However the film crew which recorded the interview did not come with Rion, and is believed to be associated with the interview subject and actress. 

At the White House, Bakalova asks Rion: ‘Why is all of the fake journalists for the left, and none on the right?’ DailyMail.com has asked Rion and OANN for comment.

The scenes at the White House got cut and didn’t make it into the movie, titled ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.’ 

The clip then shows Bakalova in character with dark hair attending an event with President Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.

She is shown clapping wildly while the president speaks. The event appears to be a reception for supporters before a rally in Phoenix’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 19. 

On stage, Trump is flanked by his son and Guilfoyle, who addressed the rally he held that evening.

In a different cut, she shakes hands with the president’s eldest son and proclaims herself ‘a little bit nervous’ and ‘excited to meet you.’

The footage with Don Jr. appears to have come during a Turning Point USA event during the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February.

‘I’m a little bit nervous but I’m very excited to meet you,’ she tells Don Jr.

‘I appreciate it. Good to meet you,’ he replies. 

At the same conference, Sacha Baron Cohen, playing Borat but dressed up as President Donald Trump, ran into the hall where Vice President Mike Pence was speaking carrying Bakalova. ‘Michael Pennis! I brought a girl for you!’ Cohen yelled.

This scene made the movie, while the footage from the promo released Friday with Rion did not 

It was the second time the movie ripped through U.S. politics, after the release of footage showing Borat’s ‘daughter’ in a hotel room with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

In one scene, Giuliani falls back on a bed after she removes his microphone after getting pranked into an interview. He briefly puts his hands in his pants, but the former New York mayor said he was simply tucking in his shirt after it got messed up when the microphone was being removed. 

Her greeting with the president's son happened at a Turning Point USA event that was part of the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cohen dressed as Trump and crashed a Mike Pence speech

The actress is seen in the promo clip speaking to Donald Trump Jr.

First family encounter: Her greeting with the president’s son happened at a Turning Point USA event that was part of the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cohen dressed as Trump and crashed a Mike Pence speech

A DailyMail.com reporter spotted the unusual encounter at the White House on September 16, with 'Borat's daughter' talking to Chanel Rion, the controversial OAN correspondent. The Borat twitter account labeled it September 20 'Year of Hawk 435'

A DailyMail.com reporter spotted the unusual encounter at the White House on September 16, with ‘Borat’s daughter’ talking to Chanel Rion, the controversial OAN correspondent. The Borat twitter account labeled it September 20 ‘Year of Hawk 435’

Walk and talk: In the course of her time at the White House, accompanied by a camera and sound crew, Maria Bakalova, posing as Borat's daughter, also walked outside the north doors of the Palm Room, which leads to the Rose Garden

Walk and talk: In the course of her time at the White House, accompanied by a camera and sound crew, Maria Bakalova, posing as Borat’s daughter, also walked outside the north doors of the Palm Room, which leads to the Rose Garden

The actress was trailed by two cameras during the interview at the WHite House on September 16, which didn't make it into the final film

The actress was trailed by two cameras during the interview at the WHite House on September 16, which didn’t make it into the final film

She visited the White House on a day Trump displayed charts intended to show a drop in spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Scott Atlas also was there

She visited the White House on a day Trump displayed charts intended to show a drop in spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Scott Atlas also was there

Baron Cohen hit back at Giuliani’s claims that the Borat honey trap video is a ‘complete fabrication’, saying Friday ‘heaven knows what he has done with other female journalists in hotel rooms’ – as scenes from the full film show the president’s 76-year-old attorney patting a young woman on her hip.

After a snippet of the scene emerged earlier this week, Giuliani said he was only tucking in his shirt after removing his recording equipment and insisted that he was never ‘inappropriate’.  

In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, Baron Cohen was asked to respond after Giuliani accused him of being a ‘stone-cold liar’. 

‘I would say that if the president’s lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he has done with other female journalists in hotel rooms,’ Baron Cohen said. 

‘I urge everyone to watch the movie. It is what it is, he did what he did. Make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us.’  

His comments came as the full controversial scene emerged on Friday following the release of the film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, on Amazon Prime. 

The scene, which was shot back in July in the Mark Hotel, shows Giuliani sitting down with 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova, who was posing as a conservative reporter, for an interview about the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. 

During the scene, Giuliani answered several questions about coronavirus, including how many lives he thought Trump had saved due to his handling of the pandemic.

In the interview scene, the woman was flirtatious with Giuliani and could be seen repeatedly touching his knee. 

She also told him he was ‘one of her greatest heroes’ and that she felt like she was in a fairy tale. At one point, she said she felt like she was Melania Trump.  

After being interrupted by Baron Cohen’s Borat character, who was disguised as a sound technician, the scene cuts to Giuliani following the woman into the hotel bedroom as she asks: ‘Should we have a drink in the bedroom.’

The 30-second scene in the bedroom cuts repeatedly to different frames from the various hidden cameras. It is not clear how much of it has been edited together to portray a specific story line. 

It shows Giuliani asking for her phone number and address. That audio is played over a shot in which the woman can be seen removing his microphone and he pats her lower back. 

He can then be seen lying back on the bed to tuck in his shirt after she helps remove his recording equipment. 

He has his hands in his pants when Baron Cohen’s character rushes in for a second time wearing an outlandish outfit.  

In one part, Giuliani can be heard asking for the woman's phone number and address. That audio is played over a shot in which the woman can be seen removing his microphone and he pats her lower back

In one part, Giuliani can be heard asking for the woman’s phone number and address. That audio is played over a shot in which the woman can be seen removing his microphone and he pats her lower back

The scene from Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat sequel film that was released in full on Friday, shows Rudy Giuliani in a compromising position in a New York City hotel room alongside a young woman posing as a conservative TV reporter

The scene from Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel film that was released in full on Friday, shows Rudy Giuliani in a compromising position in a New York City hotel room alongside a young woman posing as a conservative TV reporter

Baron Cohen on Friday hit out at Rudy Giuliani's claims that the Borat honey trap video is a 'complete fabrication', saying 'heaven knows what he has done with other female journalists in hotel rooms'

Baron Cohen on Friday hit out at Rudy Giuliani’s claims that the Borat honey trap video is a ‘complete fabrication’, saying ‘heaven knows what he has done with other female journalists in hotel rooms’

In the scene, President Trump's personal attorney is seen lying on the bed, tucking in his shirt with his hand down his pants as the woman stands nearby

In the scene, President Trump’s personal attorney is seen lying on the bed, tucking in his shirt with his hand down his pants as the woman stands nearby

Discussing the scene during the GMA interview on Friday, Baron Cohen said he was in a hideaway in the hotel room and keeping tabs on what was happening. 

‘I was quite concerned for her during the scene,’ Baron Cohen said. 

After a snippet of the scene emerged earlier this week, Giuliani said he was only tucking in his shirt after removing his recording equipment and insisted that he was never 'inappropriate'

After a snippet of the scene emerged earlier this week, Giuliani said he was only tucking in his shirt after removing his recording equipment and insisted that he was never ‘inappropriate’

‘We built a hideaway that I was hiding in during the scene. I was monitoring it by text. It’s my responsibility as a producer to ensure the lead actor is looked after.’

Bakalova, who joined Baron Cohen for the interview, said she felt safe the entire time.

After a clip of the scene emerged this week prior to the film being released, Giuliani declared that it was a ‘hit job’ and a ‘total fabrication’. 

‘The Borat video is a complete fabrication,’ he tweeted. 

‘I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.

‘This is an effort to blunt my relentless exposure of the criminality and depravity of Joe Biden and his entire family.’

Speaking on his weekly radio program on WABC on Wednesday, Giuliani doubled down that he was only tucking in his shirt. 

‘I am tucking my shirt in, I assure you, that’s all that I was doing,’ he said.

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Giuliani said he went to what he thought was an interview and said it felt ‘legitimate.’

‘I did the interview with the young woman who was new to interviewing and I was being kind to her,’ he said. ‘At one point she explained to me some problems I had, I actually prayed with her.’

When he got up to leave he said he had his jacket on.

‘I was fully clothed at all times and I had to take off the electronic equipment and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt got a little out, came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on,’ he said. 

He said he realized that something was amiss when the woman asked if he’d like a massage.

‘She says something about, “Do I want a massage?” I realize now that this is a set-up and I call my security guy Brian who’s right outside,’ Giuliani said. ‘And then all of the sudden crazy Sacha Baron Cohen runs in with a cape on and he’s yelling and screaming all sorts of stupid stuff.’ 

The former New York City mayor called police after the encounter but there is no indication an investigation was launched. 

Giuliani spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six column about the encounter back in July but did not mention the bedroom aspect. 

He has since argued that in calling the police he proved he was an innocent party.

‘If I was doing anything wrong, I would not call the police and if he was doing anything right, he wouldn’t have been running away,’ Giuliani said.

Borat review: Crass, vulgar… but if you love the first movie you’ll be smitten, writes BRIAN VINER who gives it four stars

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Rating: rating showbiz 4

Donald Trump‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is not the only person entitled to watch Borat 2 through his fingers. For the rest of us, too, that is at times the only proper response to a comedy that doesn’t so much push at the boundaries of taste as bulldoze them over the edge of a cliff.

The set-up is the same as the 2006 mockumentary which first introduced Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional Kazakh journalist to an unsuspecting world.

Baron Cohen’s Borat, accompanied this time by his teenage daughter Tutar (credited as Maria Bakalova), travels through America hoodwinking real people into thinking he is the genuine article. 

Since the events of 2006, he has spent years breaking rocks in the gulag for bringing shame on his country by making it a global laughing stock.

But now he has been given a mission – and with it, a chance to rescue his reputation. Again and again, he convinces folk that he really has brought Tutar along as a gift for ‘Vice-Premier Mikhail Pence’, the second-in-command to the magnificent ‘Premier McDonald Trump’, as a way of redeeming his distant homeland in the eyes of the ‘US and A’. 

Baron Cohen once more violates the unwritten rules of screen comedy

Baron Cohen once more violates the unwritten rules of screen comedy 

Vice President Mike Pence didn't know it at the time, but when he delivered his speech at CPAC earlier this year, he was actually taking part in a secret sequel to Borat (pictured)

Vice President Mike Pence didn’t know it at the time, but when he delivered his speech at CPAC earlier this year, he was actually taking part in a secret sequel to Borat (pictured)

The results – including a scene in which, dressed as Trump, he interrupts Pence’s address to a Republican rally – are by turn riotously funny and almost unwatchably uncomfortable.

There is another scene in which Borat and Tutar attend a debutante ball in the city of Macon, in the southern state of Georgia. 

She is solemnly presented as an undergraduate at ‘Grand Canyon University’, studying ‘cage maintenance and electronics with a focus on VCR repairs’.

Just as you’re marvelling at their XX-sized gullibility and processing the sheer improbability of proud fathers and their southern belle daughters, dressed to the nines, going through this absurd social rigmarole in the 21st century, just as the laughter is again bubbling up in your throat at the spectacle of the Kazakh duo taking to the floor to perform their fertility dance, it coagulates into something else entirely.

Baron Cohen once more violates the unwritten rules of screen comedy. Is it outrage? Horror? Disgust? Suppressed hysteria? You will have to decide for yourself.

In a way, that is Baron Cohen’s genius. Once again, he has masterminded a film (though it is directed by Jason Woliner) that is beyond anyone else’s ability or daring. 

He makes patsies of everyone he and Tutar encounter, nobody more so than Giuliani, the 76-year-old former mayor of New York City, who grants this engaging foreign girl an interview in a hotel suite – then ends up in a situation that, unless there is some cinematic sleight of hand involved, looks horribly compromising. 

Borat and Tutar attend a debutante ball in the city of Macon, in the southern state of Georgia

Borat and Tutar attend a debutante ball in the city of Macon, in the southern state of Georgia

I’ve already watched it twice, and I’m still not quite sure what I saw. Either way, 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Bakalova is terrifically good – on occasion even upstaging Baron Cohen himself. 

Just like the original, Borat 2 is audaciously brilliant in that it starts off looking like a mickey-take of a backward, former Soviet republic, when really the only object of the mockery is America.

In particular, this film sets out to catch the more diehard Trump supporters and far-Right conspiracy theorists, scooping up more than a few others in its satirical net, such as a cosmetic surgeon quite happy to inflate the breasts of 15-year-old Tutar, who wants only to be the next ‘Queen Melania’.

Most of them unwittingly conspire in their own ridicule, though there are times – as with a kindly Holocaust survivor in a synagogue – when your heart goes out to them. Not everyone deserves to be one of Borat’s victims.

Similarly, not everyone will want to see this film. If the TV show Game For A Laugh made you wince, it’s definitely not for you. 

Ditto, if you think everyone should be permitted their convictions and ways of life without being played as fools by a subversive Englishman with a candid camera and a political agenda.

All the same, there were moments when it made me laugh more than any film has for ages, possibly since the original Borat.

And three cheers, too, for its topicality. MeToo sensibilities are cheekily addressed, as Tutar begins to find that the suppression of women in her own country – where it is ‘enshrined in law’ that men must not love their daughters as much as their sons – is not the case everywhere.

And there is an inspired twist involving the Covid-19 pandemic.

But maybe I’ve already given too much away. If you loved the original Borat, then you will be smitten again. This one is even better.

If you thought it crass, vulgar and unutterably puerile, well – this one is a fair bit worse. 

Borat 2 is available on Amazon Prime Video from today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' which will be released on Amazon Prime Friday

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ which will be released on Amazon Prime Friday 

Rudy Giuliani leans back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off and seemingly puts his hands down his pants

Rudy Giuliani leans back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off and seemingly puts his hands down his pants 

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honeytrapped Donald Trump’s senior lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie

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Bake Off star Prue Leith puts Cotswolds manor house on the market for £10million

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It’s the Great British Sell-Off – Prue Leith has put her Cotswolds manor house on the market for £10 million.

The celebrity chef has lived at Chastleton Glebe, Gloucestershire, since 1972, and she previously wanted to keep the honey-coloured Georgian building in the family.

But the property – complete with its own lake, panoramic views of the countryside and a kitchen which regularly features on the Bake Off judge’s Instagram feed – is now up for sale.

It is no ordinary listing. 

Prue Leith (pictured)  has put her Cotswolds manor house Chastleton Glebe in Gloucestershir, on the market for £10 million.

Prue Leith (pictured)  has put her Cotswolds manor house Chastleton Glebe in Gloucestershir, on the market for £10 million.

The property near Moreton-in-Marsh is being sold by boutique agency FG Consultants, which has been discreetly sending the details to top-end estate agents. 

One buyer has already expressed an interest, a source said last night.

The property is also said to include extensive farmland, while Land Registry records show there is also a lodge and two large cottages within the seven-acre grounds.

Ms Leith, 80, is planning to move to a property she has been building nearby, The Mail on Sunday understands. 

The property near Moreton-in-Marsh is being sold by boutique agency FG Consultants

The property near Moreton-in-Marsh is being sold by boutique agency FG Consultants

Her second husband, John Playfair, whom she married in 2016, also has a house close by. 

Last year, Ms Leith said: ‘We live together in my house, sleep together in my house each night, but the thing is, he still has his house where all his stuff is.’

Explaining why they kept separate homes, she said: ‘We are both too old and have too much stuff. 

‘Imagine me having to move half my clobber out of the house for his – he is the most untidy man I have ever met, I am neat and organised. It would be awful!’

The property is also said to include extensive farmland, while Land Registry records show there is also a lodge and two large cottages within the seven-acre grounds

The property is also said to include extensive farmland, while Land Registry records show there is also a lodge and two large cottages within the seven-acre grounds

One buyer has already expressed an interest, a source said last night. Pictured: Ms Leith hand-painted apples on the ceiling of her bathroom

One buyer has already expressed an interest, a source said last night. Pictured: Ms Leith hand-painted apples on the ceiling of her bathroom 

Ms Leith bought Chastleton Glebe with her former husband, author Rayne Kruger, for a reported £80,000. The couple were married until Mr Kruger’s death in 2002. Their son Danny Kruger is a Conservative MP.

The chef has previously said she intended to keep the home in the family, and planned to move to a smaller property in the grounds. 

Earlier this year she said: ‘The children can have this [house], if they want it. And if they don’t, we will sell it. We have to do it while we are energetic enough.’

A spokesman for Ms Leith declined to comment on the sale.

Prue Leith quits Conservative Party in protest at Government’s stance over foods standards – which was backed by her Tory MP son

By ANNA MIKHAILOVA AND MAX AITCHINSON FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Prue Leith has quit the Conservative Party after the Government blocked an attempt to enshrine high food standards in law.

Two weeks ago the 80-year-old Bake Off judge gave her backing to The Mail on Sunday’s campaign to stop the UK being flooded with inferior food as a result of a post-Brexit trade deal with America.

A Conservative source told The Mail on Sunday Ms Leith has since cancelled her party membership after growing unhappy with the Government’s stance. The source said: ‘This means no more cakes for the local association.’

Ms Leith’s son Danny Kruger, the Tory MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, voted with the Government on the Agriculture Bill, defeating an amendment that would have protected British farmers.

Prue Leith (pictured)has quit the Conservative Party after the Government blocked an attempt to enshrine high food standards in law

Prue Leith (pictured)has quit the Conservative Party after the Government blocked an attempt to enshrine high food standards in law

But Ms Leith had said of the vote: ‘Everybody who cares about British high food standards should back our farmers. After all, we are what we eat.’

On Friday, angry farmers drove a convoy of tractors through the market town of Marlborough in Mr Kruger’s constituency to demand that the 45-year-old MP ‘listens to his mother’.

Rally organiser Liz Webster, founder of campaign group Save British Farming, claimed the Agricultural Bill in its current form would ‘decimate British farming’.

‘The Tories promised in their manifesto that they wouldn’t compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards but that is exactly what they’re doing,’ she said. 

‘British farmers are being sold down the river. I’m sure Mr Kruger’s mother didn’t feed him chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-injected beef when he was young.’

Ms Leith¿s son Danny Kruger (pictured with her), the Tory MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, voted with the Government on the Agriculture Bill, defeating an amendment that would have protected British farmers

Danny Kruger

Ms Leith’s son Danny Kruger (pictured left, with her, and right, posing for a Parliament photo), the Tory MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, voted with the Government on the Agriculture Bill, defeating an amendment that would have protected British farmers

Nick Bush, 71, who runs a 12,000-acre farm in Chippenham, accused the Tories of lying. ‘How can they say one thing in their manifesto and then ignore it?’ he asked. 

‘If we have lower standards coming in, it’s going to undercut us completely. Our family farm won’t survive.’

The rally was held in anticipation of the Agricultural Bill ‘ping-ponging’ back to the House of Commons early next month after the Lords last week voted in favour of strengthening standards for imported food.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis has insisted that the Government is ‘absolutely committed to high standards’.

A spokesman for Ms Leith declined to comment.

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