Quote of the Day  Boris Johnson on the Newsnight scandal. by New Statesman  Published 12 November, 2012 - 07:22 Mayor of London Boris Johnson gestures while speaking at Pimlico Academy in London. Photograph: Getty Images. Chris Patten should make a penitential pilgrimage to McAlpine’s Italian B&B, on his knees and scourging himself with a copy of the BBC charter. Boris Johnson weighs in  on the Newsnight scandal.