And they raise public interest concerns about whether he breached ethical standards by giving his mistress access to high-level trade missions and tens of thousands in taxpayer-funded grants.
So, could Sofagate finally knock the stuffing out of Boris Johnson’s premiership? And what have Ms Arcuri’s revelations taught us about Boris the man and Boris the politician?
Well, we know he can’t cook, but tried to make cheesy pasta when he asked her round for sex at his marital home while his QC wife Marina Wheeler was at work.
But he’d forgotten the cheese and had to pop to the shop, leaving Ms Arcuri free to wander the marital home and take a selfie.
“Alexander the Great”, as she called him, wasn’t very clued up about technology, and had a knackered old phone without encrypted apps. So the smutty texts and requests for naked photos put him at real risk of cyber attacks.
Pompous, reckless, arrogant, entitled and morally bankrupt.
Boris Johnson faces an inquiry by the Greater London Authority – responsible for the mayor’s office – over claims his failure to declare his relationship with Arcuri may have been a breach of the Nolan Principles of Public Life, which are contained in the Mayor of London’s code of conduct.
Arcuri was granted access to events at three top level trade missions, despite her businesses not meeting the criteria for the trips.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said there was no evidence he’d committed the criminal offence of misconduct in public office but he may have breached the Nolan Principles.
Len Duvall, the chair of the GLA oversight committee which is conducting the investigation said: “Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that’s expected from anyone in that position.
“It’s important we get those answers, because Londoners deserve to have their politicians held accountable.”
This is the “honourable member” we have trusted to run our country.
Anyone who says Boris’s private life is not our business must need their head examined. Because this affair not only exposes his personal character flaws, it raises questions about his public duty.
Last year the Independent Office for Police Conduct said there was no evidence of criminality in his dealings with Arcuri or the string of public grants she received.
But he still faces a probe by the Greater London Authority into whether he acted with “honesty and integrity” or breached the code of conduct while he was Mayor.
So we must wait to find out whether Boris is a sleazy politician as well as a sleazy lover.
But what on earth must Carrie be making of this grubby affair?
Perhaps she’s thinking back to their own sofa bust-up in June 2019 – which resulted in the police being called to her flat in the early hours.
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Neighbours heard Boris and Carrie screaming at each other after she accused him of ruining her couch by spilling his red wine. “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt,” she yelled.
But the one thing Boris Johnson DOES care about is power.
And he may come to rue the day he got down and dirty with his American lover on his own family’s sofa.
- Read Jennifer Arcuri’s incredible full story in the Daily Mirror, in shops tomorrow