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Ian Hislop says he hopes Boris Johnson goes to prison ‘forever’ in viral rant

The Private Eye editor did not hold back on the Tory leadership favourite.

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson (Ben Birchall/PA)
Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson (Ben Birchall/PA)

An outtake from Have I Got News For You has gone viral featuring Ian Hislop saying he would like to see Boris Johnson in prison “forever”.

The segment from last week’s filming had to be left out of the original programme in case it prejudiced a private prosecution against the former foreign secretary for claims he made during the EU referendum.

After the High Court last week ruled Johnson would not have to face a criminal prosecution, the panel show was free to release the footage.

Campaigner Marcus Ball had sought to prosecute Johnson for three allegations of misconduct in public office, including the disputed claim that Britain sent £350 million a week to the EU.

Hislop, editor of the Private Eye magazine, said the case was “similar to putting the Pope on trial and saying: ‘are you a Catholic?'”

When reminded by host Richard Ayoade that the panel mustn’t prejudice the case, Hislop responded: “That’s fair enough because I would like him to have a fair trial, with a desirable result of him being in prison forever.”

Johnson denied acting improperly and has consistently defended the £350 million claim, which was emblazoned on the side of his campaign bus during the 2016 referendum campaign.

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