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Guto Harri given ‘both barrels’ by Prime Minister over Golwg360 ‘not a total clown’ interview

09 Feb 2022 3 minutes Read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0). Guto Harri. Photo GB News.

Downing Street’s new Director of Communications, Guto Harri, was given “both barrels” by Boris Johnson over his interview with Welsh language news website Golwg360 in which he called the Prime Minister “not a total clown”.

UK Government sources told the Daily Mail that Boris Johnson was unamused by the interview, had “read him the riot act” and that Guto Harri agreed not to do another one on the record.

“This is not bloody rocket science,” the source said. “What he did yesterday was not helpful in the slightest.

“‘The PM gave it to him with both barrels on Monday afternoon, and Guto has now said he will not be talking on the record again. It’s fair to say the PM was not the only person he got it in the neck from.’

A Downing Street source however denied the Prime Minister had reprimanded Guto Harri over the interview. But the Daily Mail understood that he had agreed not to give further on-the-record media interviews while in post.

Guto Harri had told Golwg360 that Boris Johnson offered to take the knee and sang ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor in a meeting in which he appointed the Welsh speaking broadcaster as his new Director of Communications.

‘Likeable’

Harri told Welsh language news website, Golwg360: “I went in to see the Prime Minister at 5 o’clock on Friday after filming Y Byd yn Ei Le in Barry, and I went in through the Cabinet Office in Whitehall in order to avoid being seen in the street and went through the narrow corridors in Downing Street to his office.

“Even though I hadn’t seen him in the flesh for some years, we picked things up where we had left them in terms of the tone of our friendship.

“I walked in and I made a salute and said ‘Prime Minister, Guto Harri reporting for duty’, and he stood up from behind his desk and began taking the salute but then he said ‘What am I doing, I should take the knee for you.’

“And the both of us were laughing. Then I asked him ‘Are you going to survive Boris?’. And he said in his deep voice, slowly and purposely, but starting to sing a little and finishing the sentence by saying ‘I Will Survive’.

“In an inevitable way he was inviting me to say ‘You’ve got all your life to live’ and he answered ‘I’ve got all my love to give’, and so we had a little blast of Gloria Gaynor! No one expects that, but that’s how it was.”

“There was a lot of laughing and we sat down to have a serious discussion about how to get the government back on track, and how we are going to move forward.

“Everyone’s attention on the recent events has created a lot of pain, but in the end, that doesn’t have anything to do with the way the people voted two years ago.

“He isn’t a total clown, but he’s a very likable character.

“90% of our discussion was very serious but it shows that he’s a character and that there is fun to be had. He isn’t a diabolical man in the way that some people mischaracterise him.”


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Kiosk
Kiosk
3 months ago

That was last week. This week most of the UK is singing –

‘Go on now go, walk out the door
Just turn around now, because you’re not welcome anymore.’

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

In 1858 The Great Stink brought London to it’s knees, In 2022 the smell of BS emanating from Downing Street is bringing the UK to it’s knees, How much longer will Wales tolerate being held hostage by these idiots in Westminster, Annibyniaeth!

Erisian
Erisian
3 months ago

We’ll just have to quote him as a source near the PM in future then.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
3 months ago

If corruption looked like wallpaper it definitely would be made of gold and wall to wall and in a flat in 10 Clowning street, Harri brings a big suitcase of his own in this regard , supplied by Ben Elliot, purveyor of conduits of corruption

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
3 months ago

Whatever your viewpoint.
Guto was telling the truth as he sees it
Boris is an English MP supported by English MPs
who love clowns much to the amusement of their electorate..
We the Welsh nation are above this nonsense and work for our future separate from England and its clowns

hdavies15
hdavies15
3 months ago

NC could have been kinder…to us the readers. No need to reiterate much of a story that they ran only days ago with a little bit of update on top. Let’s have some more insight into the scams that are littering our country – the greenwash racket that has spilled over from wind turbines/energy parks into woodlands and carbon credits. Let’s tear up the facade put out by UK Gov and their little helpers in the Bay regime who are chuckling at the revenues piling in from higher fuel and energy prices while going through ghastly motions about tackling the… Read more »

miss Chif
miss Chif
3 months ago

Sad to see a fellow Welshman been neutered by such a sad excuse of a Prime Minister, Guto Harri is now of the same testicular status as poor Dilyn.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
3 months ago

I wonder how many Scarramuccis Guto will last.

George
George
3 months ago

No wonder this ship is sinking so quickly with so many leaks.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
3 months ago

Guto Harri is uninformed and naive

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