Liberal Democrats Leader Calls Boris Johnson a “Liar and Law-Breaker”
Liberal Democrats leader, Sir Ed Davey, took to Twitter to describe Boris Johnson as “a liar and law-breaker.” He criticized the Prime Minister for treating the public with disdain, stating, “He’s treated the public with utter disdain, and while these Conservatives fight among themselves again, the country suffers. People are fed up. Rishi Sunak should call a General Election and give people the chance to end this charade.”
The extent of the allegations against Boris Johnson has left many questioning his ability to return to front-line politics. The findings of the committee investigating the matter revealed significant breaches and deliberate misleading of Parliament. It’s difficult to see how a politician found guilty of such actions can recover their reputation and credibility.
As the report’s findings become public, Johnson’s allies are expected to launch a counterattack, attempting to undermine the committee and its conclusions. They may argue that the investigation was unfair and went too far in its judgment.
Supporters of Boris Johnson have taken to Twitter to express their backing for the former prime minister. Several MPs, including Brendan Clark-Smith, have shared an “I’m backing Boris” image, calling the report’s conclusions spiteful and vindictive. Clark-Smith stated his disagreement with the recommendations and pledged to oppose them publicly and in the House.
In his response to the report, Boris Johnson criticized the committee’s claims, particularly those based on photographs. He argued that the committee made absurd and contradictory statements and accused them of twisting the truth. Johnson vehemently denied deliberately misleading the House and called the committee’s conclusions “rubbish” and “a lie.” He expressed his disappointment with the committee’s findings, considering them a protracted political assassination that he finds beneath contempt.
Johnson also questioned the objectivity of the Privileges Committee, specifically targeting Sir Bernard Jenkin, a senior Tory MP on the committee. Johnson claimed that Jenkin should have recused himself from the inquiry due to allegations surrounding a party he allegedly attended during the ban on social mixing. The BBC has not independently verified these claims.
Despite the committee’s damning conclusions, Boris Johnson maintained that he believed the events he attended were reasonably necessary for work purposes and that he did not consider them unlawful. He questioned the committee’s ability to accurately determine what he saw or didn’t see on a particular occasion and dismissed the significance of photographs showing him holding a glass.
The report’s recommendations included a 90-day suspension for Boris Johnson, which would have opened the possibility of a by-election. However, it’s worth noting that during the committee’s discussions, two MPs proposed a more severe sanction, suggesting Johnson’s expulsion from the House of Commons. The proposal was ultimately voted against.
The aftermath of the report’s release has ignited further debates and discussions about the accountability and integrity of politicians in the UK. As the country awaits further developments, the public’s trust in the political system continues to be tested.