We have no reason to doubt that Boris Johnson said he’d rather see bodies piled high in their thousands than have another lockdown – even after he denied it.
That’s because we all know that Johnson is a well-known habitual liar. His dishonesty is legendary.
Recently we’ve heard him claim, in Prime Minister’s Questions, that Keir Starmer had voted against a promise of a 2.1 per cent pay rise for nurses – that his own government is breaking.
He said there would be no funding cut for the body tasked with improving transport in the north (he’s taking away 40 per cent of its funding).
He claimed all Covid-19 contracts had been published and were “on the record” – only to be contradicted by the High Court.
Remember his Brexit campaign, when he lied that the NHS would be given £350 million a week?
His lie that the NHS would get 20 hospital upgrades, starting in his first week as prime minister – that he then edited out of a video?
And what about his other offences?
Remember when he tried to make a joke of the massive loss of lives in the Libyan city of Sirte during that nation’s civil war? Or when he had to be stopped from inappropriately quoting a colonial poem by Kipling in Myanmar?
Remember when Eddie Mair, on BBC Radio 4, read out a litany of Johnson’s racist behaviour, to the dismay of Amber Rudd?
When Johnson refused to condemn widespread police violence against civilians in Catalonia?
When he spoke nonsense about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Parliament, and the Iranian government used it to threaten her with an extra five years in prison, beyond the five she was already serving on a trumped-up charge? Only this week, she has been re-imprisoned for another year – admittedly on the basis of separate evidence.
When he was reprimanded by then-Commons Speaker John Bercow for referring to Emily Thornberry in “frankly sexist” terms?
When he praised Viktor Orban on his election win in Hungary after an anti-Semitic campaign?
His sexist and Islamophobic comments about women who wear the burqa?
The £53 million he spaffed on a ‘Garden Bridge’ that was never built?
His cowardice during the Tory leadership campaign when he was the absentee candidate?
The racist poem he published, saying that Scottish people were a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated?
His racist assessment of the French as “turds“?
The allegation that Downing Street sought to restrict Johnson’s access to sensitive intelligence when he became Foreign Secretary?
The evidence that he met a Russian ex-KGB agent without being accompanied by his personal security detail, which strongly suggested that he was harming the UK’s security in relation to Russia? What happened about the so-called ‘Russia report’, discussing such security issues, that Johnson has been suppressing since before the general election last year?
His reference to gay men as “tank top-wearing bumboys“?
His question about Irish PM Leo Varadkar: “Why isn’t he called Murphy like the rest of them?”
His clueless claim that hard work can cure mental illness?
His relaxed attitude to his MPs abusing women?
His illegal attempt to prorogue Parliament?
His obscene description of then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?
The corruption scandal in which he allegedly gave public money to his friend Jennifer Arcuri? What happened about that, by the way?
The allegation that Boris had taken money for his Tory leadership campaign from a group of hedge fund bosses who planned to make a fortune by getting him to force a “no deal” Brexit? What happened about that, by the way?
His decision to run away when the UK was flooded and needed strong leadership?
His failure to follow his own social distancing rules and subsequent illness with coronavirus? If he had died, it would have been of stupidity.
Put those all together and it seems entirely likely that Johnson would say what it’s alleged he said – and lie about it afterwards.
Wouldn’t you agree?
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