Boris Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, recently took a job as the communications director of the Aspinall Foundation, a charity operating two animal parks in Britain. You would imagine that her appointment was a no-brainer. After all, this is the woman accused of having a central role in running the country. Realistically, there can’t be a huge difference between covertly dictating Conservative policy and doing P.R. for a zoo.
Officially, Symonds has no involvement whatsoever with the government. True, she used to be head of communications for the Conservative Party—indeed, she found her start operating as one of its press officers a decade ago—but officials are adamant that this is where her influence ends. “The prime minister’s fiancée is on maternity leave,” chided the prime minister’s press secretary this week. “She’s raising their son, Wilf.”