In a surprise revelation by Boris Johnson’s mother, Charlotte Johnson-Wood, she explained how she had once tried to swap her son for a bunch of clothes pegs.
“Boris was just three years old when this delightfully festive-looking gypsy knocked at the front door. She had a few bits of lavender and some pegs but I was slightly strapped for cash so, sadly, I couldn’t buy anything from her.”
It was then that the gypsy spotted the young Boris playing with an electric hairdryer and a bowl of soapy water that his mother had left out for him. “When she saw his shock of blonde hair she grasped my arm in her bony fingers and begged me to exchange him for everything that she had. This included her beautiful lace shawl and a mummified canary.”
However, on seeing the deal taking place Boris ran off into the woods where he lived for the next ten years, surviving on a diet of beefsteak mushrooms, acorns and roast hedgehog.
“It was a very sad day,” continued Mrs Johnson-Wood, “I didn’t get any pegs and poor Boris has been in the woods ever since.”
DNA tests have confirmed that although Boris has links to several individuals he has none attached to anyone from a travelling background.