The Beeb’s political editor wrote a widely shared piece about the prime minister’s handling of the recent scandals which have hit the heart of his government. These include how he paid for a costly refurbishment of his Downing Street flat and whether he said “let bodies pile high” when dismissing the third lockdown.
Addressing these issues, Ms Kuenssberg said that Mr Johnson’s “relationship with the truth is under intense scrutiny at the moment”.
It was prominently displayed on the BBC website’s home page all weekend – just days before crucial elections across the UK on Thursday.
The “provocative piece and its prominence on the Beeb website enraged government officials”, according to political journalist Alex Wickham.
Writing on Politico’s Playbook, he said: “It says it all about some MPs that the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg had an article exploring in excruciating detail whether the prime minister is a liar on the front page of the national broadcaster’s website all weekend, and still she was criticised by them for apparently not going hard enough.
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“Politicians, even really honest ones, regularly say things they don’t quite believe.
“The public knows this. We don’t expect our politicians to be angels. But outright lying, in my experience, is relatively rare. It is too easily found out.
“Only one senior politician still in the game has ever privately told me something that was utterly, entirely, and completely untrue. It was proved publicly to be a lie a few days later.
“It’s also rare for opposition parties to accuse a prime minister, on the record, of lying.
“Which brings us to Boris Johnson.
“The prime minister’s relationship with the truth is under intense scrutiny at the moment. He is refusing to give full explanations on some issues.
“There are questions about how the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat was initially funded, and about incendiary comments he made last autumn as England was about to enter a second lockdown.
“Downing Street is repeatedly denying that he has done anything wrong.”
She continued: “What’s suggested time and again is that the prime minister’s attitude to the truth and facts is not based on what is real and what is not, but is driven by what he wants to achieve in that moment – what he desires, rather than what he believes.
“And there is no question, that approach, coupled with an intense force of personality can be enormously effective.
“In his political career, Boris Johnson has time and again overturned the odds, and that’s a huge part of the reason why.”