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UNITED KINGDOM – Still in bad shape, following the “Partygate” revelations, Boris Johnson once again tried to justify himself this Wednesday, January 19 before the British Parliament, just minutes after the announcement of the resignation and the change camp of one of its deputies.
Tumultuous and very agitated session for the British Prime Minister in front of the deputies. During the traditional session of questions to the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Boris Johnson had to face a rising audience, ready to heckle and boo the resident of Downing Street many times. The latter did not hesitate to call for his resignation on at least five occasions.
What made Boris Johnson even weaker a little while earlier in the day, Christian Wakeford, a Conservative MP, announced that he was joining the opposition camp, which welcomed him with open arms.
“You and the Conservative Party as a whole have proven incapable of providing the leadership and the government that this country deserves,” he told Boris Johnson, minutes before the Prime Minister’s speech in Parliament.
Johnson heckled by the opposition
Following this first announcement which delighted the opposition and weakened “BoJo” even more, the Prime Minister once again had to face a salvo of criticism with regard to his person and his delicate position after the revelations about the drunken parties organized in Downing Street during confinement.
On the front line to denounce the posture and the results of Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, leader of the Labor opposition in the House of Commons. He also did not mince his words on the “Partygate” in front of his Prime Minister.
“As Labor drew up plans to heat homes, they bought a fridge to keep the party wine cool. While we were making plans to reduce the bills, he was throwing parties. And while we were making plans to save jobs in the steel industry, he was trying to save only one job: his own,” Labor thundered.
“If a prime minister misleads parliament, should he resign?” asks Keir Starmer.
Boris Johnson says the Labor leader “keeps asking a range of questions which he knows will be fully addressed by the inquiry. He is wasting the time of this House, the time of the people”
The leader of Labor also asked a direct question to the assembly present on Wednesday: “Doesn’t the country deserve so much better than this disconnected, uncontrollable Prime Minister, out of ideas and soon to be removed from office? ”.
Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP in the House of Commons also seriously heckled Boris Johnson, who even struggled to speak again after these invectives on his policy and his posture as head of government.
“First he claimed there were no parties, then he wasn’t there, then he admitted he was there but he didn’t know it was a party and then the last sorry excuse is really the most pathetic of all, nobody told me, nobody told the prime minister that he was breaking his own rules. Absolutely pathetic,” he added.
Ending with a laconic tirade, once again calling for the resignation of “BoJo”: “The Prime Minister takes the public for fools, no one believes him. Will the Prime Minister finally take responsibility, resign, come on, Prime Minister”.
Easing of health measures
But the sentence that surely made the biggest impression during this very turbulent session was that of former minister David Davis. Quoting a sentence in reference to a debate during the Second World War in the British Parliament, he too invites Boris Johnson to take the door: “You have sat there too long for all the good you have done. Name of God, go,” he urged.
As the only real response to these many critics, Boris Johnson has again cowered behind the internal investigation led by Sue Gray, this 64-year-old senior official currently in charge of the investigation into the government parties organized in full containment.
Forced to stick to the conclusions of this investigation to know his future, he still took the opportunity to announce the easing of health measures in the United Kingdom.
Concretely, the conservative leader has announced that wearing a mask will no longer be legally compulsory. Telework will no longer be officially recommended and the health pass will no longer be required to go to a nightclub or to participate in large gatherings.
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