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All partied out? January 13, 2022

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Surely it can’t be this that see one B. Johnson dispatched from the leadership of the Tories and his position as Prime Minister? Denis Staunton in the IT suggests that his apology in the House of Commons yesterday went really well…

…until it went really really wrong.

Boris Johnson had few options going into prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons today and when he started speaking, he appeared to have chosen the best of them by apologising for attending a lockdown-breaking party in the Downing Street garden almost two years ago.

He acknowledged the anguish people were going through because of strict lockdown rules in force at the time and the rage they felt towards him and his government for breaking them.

 

But, for inevitably with all things Johnson there is a caveat.

Then he started explaining his actions and it all began to go wrong.

“Number 10 is a big department with the garden as an extension of the office, which has been in constant use because of the role of fresh air in stopping the virus. And when I went into that garden, just after six on the 20th of May 2020 to thank groups and staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later, to continue working, I believed implicitly that this was a work event. But Mr Speaker, with hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them,” he said.

And Staunton reports the responses from the Tories behind Johnson – ‘still and expressionless… perhaps in disbelief’. I watched this performance after SonofStan had flagged it up, and one has to admit it was abysmal, even by his low standards. An easy goal for Starmer and he took it.

But Staunton thinks Johnson is in real trouble, his problems compounded by that explanation. And of course the issue is that the PM is – serially, untrustworthy on pretty much everything. That capacity for dissembling to the degree he has has served him well. Attacks tend to become blunted against it. But every once in a while there’s more, the context or environment combines to make the reality of his approach self-evident. And that is now.

There’s going to be an investigation of the celebrations held at Number 10 (and presumably 11?) during this period. And that may formally seal his fate, but not difficult to think however that pans out he is now very a seriously damaged politician.

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1. NFB - January 13, 2022

Very odd response from him. I’m sorry people have misinterpreted the rules and declared this totally fine gathering something worthy of unfairly bashing me.

I imagine the plan is to allow summer distance with this inquiry, and hope it sinks as a story. Might work.

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WorldbyStorm - January 13, 2022

The big fear must be another story out there waiting to drop. I feel he will shade it but… maybe not.

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2. sonofstan - January 13, 2022

Hmmm.. few Tory MPs poised to pen that letter to Graham Brady

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WorldbyStorm - January 13, 2022

That’s a poll! Listening to Morning Ireland a former advisor suggested he’d get through but on those figures, he’s damaged. And the Tories are too.

Btw what genius in Reform UK thought that a good name?

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3. pangurbán - January 13, 2022

interesting how the Scottish Tories are more outspoken on the issue , but given recent polling suggesting an electoral,wipeout it’s hardly surprising

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Wes Ferry - January 13, 2022

‘Boris Johnson ‘can’t be invited’ to Scottish Conservative party conference in March’

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19845423.boris-johnson-cant-invited-scottish-conservative-party-conference-march/

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4. Wes Ferry - January 13, 2022

Johnson may fall sooner rather than later but whoever replaces him will strive to rebuild the Tory brand with a backstory about how they were behind the scenes controlling the wilder excesses of the blundering Boris (the fool the voters put in as Prime Minister, they will be reminded).

The new leadership will assure the bankers, Middle England, Covid contract chums, xenophobes and ‘Apprentice’ wannabes that the project is in safe hands now. The celebrity buffoon has been persuaded to go away and play with his model buses and polish his ‘I Was Prime Minister’ trophy perhaps with an Empire bauble in the House of Lords.

The grown-up Tories will be back in control.

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sonofstan - January 14, 2022

“The grown-up Tories will be back in control”

Of the potential candidates, only Sunak strikes me as fitting that description. Raab? Gove (prob. out of the running)?, Truss? Patel?

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

Maybe Gove on a good day. Raab, not a chance. Truss (mediocre). Patel (troubling).

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sonofstan - January 14, 2022

Truss bigging up her northernness at the moment – she grew up in Leeds apparently. Wonder why?

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

Hmmm…

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5. Paul Culloty - January 14, 2022

Seems to be the perfect storm in that the Greens and Lib Dems are making inroads in those Tory areas that Labour can’t reach:

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

A small but far from uninteresting straw in the wind.

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6. Paul Culloty - January 14, 2022

A whole new meaning to “wine o’clock” :

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

Christ, surely he’s toast?

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Tomboktu - January 14, 2022

Toast? You’d think so. But… look up “Operation Save Big Dog” on d’internet and see what you find.

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2022

Just seen that. Urghhhh…

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