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[Picture of journalist Jon Snow appearing to have been badly beaten up]

In the 1990s, convicted fraudster Darius Guppy was recorded making a lengthy telephone call to his Eton friend Boris Johnson to ask a favour.

Guppy was being investigated by a News of the World journalist, Stuart Collier.

Guppy had arranged for Collier to be beaten up: to get, as he explained to Boris during the call, “a couple of black eyes and a cracked rib”.

The problem was, he didn’t have Collier’s address, and thought Boris might provide it.

Boris’s only concern about all of this was that Collier might trace the beating back to him. After some reassurance on this matter, Boris agreed: “OK Darrie, I said I’ll do it and I’ll do it.”

This doesn’t sit well with his ‘harmless buffoon’ image so you may find this hard to believe, but the transcript of the call, as reported by the Mail on Sunday, can be read online.

No wonder today’s journalists are only investigating the other Mayoral candidates.

P.S. When Boris was reminded of this appalling incident on Have I Got News For You several years later, he laughed the whole thing off: “I’m not ashamed of it.” Watch a clip of the programme on YouTube.

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