Philip Pullman calls Boris Johnson a ‘greedy brute’ amid luxury Caribbean holiday controversy

Ellie Harrison

His Dark Materials writer Philip Pullman has called Boris Johnson a “greedy brute” following the prime minister's claim that a Tory donor paid for his £15,000 holiday in the Caribbean.

Johnson claimed the luxury trip to Mustique was paid for by David Ross, a Conservative donor who co-founded the Carphone Warehouse chain, in an entry into the Commons register of members’ interests.

But the businessman denied funding the trip, prompting calls from Labour for Johnson to “fess up” or face a parliamentary inquiry.

Reacting to the news, Pullman tweeted: “Why can't the greedy brute pay for his own holiday?”

He then replied “absolutely” to a tweet saying: “NOBODY likes Johnson that much. The donor HAS to be expecting something in return.”

Pullman, who is best known for writing the His Dark Materials novels, which was adapted into a popular BBC show, has expressed his disapproval of the prime minister before.

In November last year, he compared Johnson to a parasitic worm.