Boris Johnson, Problematic Drinking & Supposed Online Reputation Management

When Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson told an interviewer in 2019 that he relaxed by making and painting model buses out of wooden wine boxes a lot of people cried 'Nonsense!'. View the video above and look at the movements his hands make when he starts to answer.

Some in the SEO community thought it was part of a Tory online reputation management strategy to bury bad news (which seemed feasible at the time): .

I recently spotted tweets from Maugan Rimmer (, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in Adolescent Eating Disorders and Liaison Psychiatry who pointed out what appeared to be the unconscious body language when Johnson began to answer the aforementioned question, which he quickly covered up with apparent confabulation (to fill in gaps in his memory by fabrication of stories).

Rimmer stated "When asked how he likes to relax, Boris unconsciously mimes holding a glass in each hand. He then drinks both in quick succession..."

In another tweet, Rimmer stated "A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that occurs due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought."

Do we have a Prime Minister with an alcohol problem?