The Prime Minister has given his new PR chief the riot act and a “dressing down” after Guto Harri said that Boris Johnson “was not a total clown” in a car crash interview.
Harri who has not been in the job for a whole week told the Welsh language site Golwg360 that Johnson was loudly playing Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive.”
On Harri’s first day in the job he said in the interview that the Prime Minister was “not a total clown.”
A Whitehall source told the Daily Mail the Prime Minister read the riot act to Harri, adding, “This is not bloody rocket science.
“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.”
Johnson also asked Harri if he should take the knee, this is in response to him quitting GB News after the suspension for taking the knee in regard to racism in football.
Harri said, “I went in to see the Prime Minister at five o’clock on Friday after filming The World In Place in Barry, and I went through the Cabinet Office in Whitehall to avoid being seen. in the street and go through the cramped corridors in Downing Street to get to his office.
“I walked in and did a salute and said ‘Prime Minister, Guto Harri reporting for duty’ and he stood up from behind his desk and started taking the salute but then he said ‘What am I doing, I should take the knee for you.’
“And we both laughed. Then I asked ‘Are you going to survive Boris?’ And he said in his deep, slow and purposeful voice and started to sing a little while finishing the sentence and saying ‘I Will Survive.’
“I inevitably invited him to say ‘You’ve got all your life to live’ and he replied, ‘I’ve got all my love to give.’ so we had a little blast from Gloria Gaynor. No one expects that, but that’s how it was.
“There was a lot of laughter and we sat down to have a serious conversation about how to get the government back on track and how we are moving forward.”
A Downing Street source has denied that Johnson had reprimanded Harri.