Here’s the story, then:
Luxury sunshine break for this prat while millions struggle to pay the rent, feed their kids and cope with their energy bills.
How much more of this will we tolerate?https://t.co/KJvvllCzjS
— John Edwards (@JohnEdwards33) October 10, 2021
That’s right – he said he was going to “unleash the spirit of Britain” but instead he’s slipped the leash and run off to Marbella.
He is said to have gone on Friday and will be at a luxury villa until next Thursday. One supposes he needed a break after the effort of telling all those lies in his Tory conference speech.
Or, indeed, from the effort of doing this:
Johnson recovers from taking tough decision to plunge thousands of UC claimants into poverty by taking luxury holiday in Marbella
— Will Thorpe (@withorpe) October 10, 2021
Some of us have questioned the wisdom of a prime minister leaving the country in such a terrible state:
Energy costs rising & suppliers at risk of collapse
Business Secretary can't rule out energy outages
Factories 'days' from shutdown over gas prices
Shoppers face empty shelves & told to 'get used to higher food prices'
PM goes on holidayhttps://t.co/PiNgM4iaDj
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) October 10, 2021
Of course, Mr Johnson has famously complained that he can’t afford to survive on his prime ministerial salary alone, and we discovered that this was true when we found out that his redecoration of the Downing Street flat was funded by someone else, as was his holiday over Christmas 2019.
Tory Donor David Ross, who owns Carphone Warehouse, arranged for Johnson to stay in a holiday villa whose former owners were paid by The Mustique Company that manages the island.
So this question is fair:
Does anyone know who's paying for Boris' holiday this time?
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) October 10, 2021
Of course, some Tories are outraged at criticism of the PM’s apparently-sudden decision to do a moonlight (or even a daylight) flit. But, reading Cllr Joe Porter’s comment, my sympathies were with Brendan May.
Is this real. pic.twitter.com/gqE1EQW54K
— Brendan May (@bmay) October 10, 2021
Most of us, I expect, agree with the sentiments expressed below:
Of course PMs should have holidays. But probably not in luxurious villas in October when millions face a winter of rising energy, food and petrol costs and your government has just cut financial support for people already struggling.
— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) October 10, 2021
What would Johnson himself say? Something like this?
Can't believe you lot are criticising me for going to Marbella when it's my first holiday in 7 whole weeks!
— Boris Johnson MP (parody) (@GetBrexit_Done) October 10, 2021
It would be in character – because it’s wrong. Oh – and that means Cllr Porter was wrong too:
Boris Johnson returned from his last holiday thirty five days ago.
— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) October 9, 2021
Some commenters are making particularly pointed observations:
Energy prices rising by up to 30%. Farmers screwed, fishermen screwed. NHS on it's knees'. France threatening to cut off energy supplies, £1,000 a year taken from the poorest in our society. Billions pissed away on useless contracts.#BorisBrokeBritain
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) October 9, 2021
Is Boris looking for a new home in Marbella? Does he know his days are numbered and if he’s so confident in Brexit, why isn’t he looking in the UK?
— ♿️🇵🇸💙⬛🔸🏳️🌈🕸️⚫️MaiaB (@MaiaBug2010) October 10, 2021
It’s possible – especially considering the claims by former Tory Deputy PM Michael Heseltine:
— Mirror Politics (@MirrorPolitics) October 10, 2021
Lord Heseltine asked Sky News: “Can you show me any area where you think this Government has actually achieved a greater degree of control?
“It’s lurching from crisis to crisis and it is patently not in control.”
Fair comment? The New York Times would apparently agree – not only with the sentiment but with where blame should be laid:
— Oliver 🌹✊💚 #ClimateAction #Socialist (@tynewrc) October 10, 2021
But it seems Johnson has a plan to maintain power. He’s planning to hold an election in November or December 2023 – more than two years from now – in a bid to wrongfoot Keir Starmer’s Labour Party and catch it off-guard:
Boris Johnson plotting bleak midwinter election to wrongfoot Labour https://t.co/vppCBC0KAQ
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) October 10, 2021
Sadly, knowing Starmer, he’ll probably succeed.
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