I am NOT a fan of Boris’: Ex-Today show presenter John Humphrys reveals that he didn’t vote for the prime minister, accusing him of being ‘big on bluster’ but not good on ‘delivering’
- John Humphrys said he is ‘not a fan’ of Boris Johnson and did not vote for him
- The former presenter of the Today show added that the prime minister is not good at ‘delivering’
- The Mastermind presenter’s revelations came in an interview with Times Radio
Former Today show host John Humphrys has revealed that he is ‘not a fan’ of Boris Johnson and did not vote for the Conservative Party leader.
Mr Humphrys, who was a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship program for more than 30 years before resigning last year, said he did not vote for Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.
Humphrys, 76, had to keep his lips shut because of the state channel’s rules of impartiality, but is now free to reveal his true feelings.
Former Today show presenter John Humphrys, 76, has revealed that he is ‘not a fan’ of Boris Johnson and did not vote for the Conservative Party leader
In an interview with Times Radio, which airs on Sunday, Mr. Humphrys was asked if he voted for Mr. Johnson.
He said, “No, I didn’t vote for Johnson.
“I haven’t been a fan of Johnson … I can say that now, I couldn’t say that a year ago, right?
‘I do not trust him. Apart from everything else, I don’t trust him and you should be able to trust politicians. ‘
The Mastermind presenter, who also hosts a weekly show on Classic FM and works as a columnist, said the prime minister was not “too good” at delivering.
He said, “There’s a nice old Welsh phrase, I can’t use it because this is public broadcaster, but it’s full of something; something and wind.
“It’s great in the blustering part, but it’s not as good when it comes to delivery.”
Boris Johnson was hailed by the broadcaster and columnist as ‘great in the bluster’ but not ‘too good when it comes to delivering’ during an interview with Times Radio
Mr. Humphrys added that he could not see that the Conservative Party leader had “won” from his upbringing and private school education.
He said, “His background is, for someone like me … a working-class boy and all, an abomination.
“You know, he had all the benefits, all the benefits of going to the best school in the world, if that’s what Eton really is … and a great university, the rest.
“I can’t quite see what he’s gained from that. He’s not a man I really admire, let’s put it this way. ‘
During the interview, Mr. Humphrys reiterated that he voted for Remain in the 2016 European referendum, a confession he first made in his autobiography A Day Like Today, which was published last year.
But the Daily Mail columnist insisted it was “nonsense” that he disliked all politicians.
Mr. Humphrys was a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship program for more than 30 years before stepping down last year, leaving him free from state channel impartiality rules.
He added, “I mean, they are people and some of them are happy good people who go into politics to try to make the world a better place.
“And some of them are tossers, like the rest of humanity.”
Despite complaints that he was guilty of pro-Brexit bias during his tenure in Today, he told Times Radio how, after growing up in the post-war period, he became convinced that a common market would help maintain peace between countries .
“I voted for Remain and felt pretty strong about it,” he continued.
“But of course I hope it was not visible. I have done my job, I hope, questioning both sides with equal vitality and strength and everything else. ‘