It’s being reported that 35 Conservative MPs have submitted letters of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson’s leadership – and more are sure to follow after it was revealed that he attended another Downing Street party.
It seems Johnson went to a leaving party for defence advisor Captain Steve Higham in December 2020 – one that it seems unlikely he’ll be able to deny, because he gave a speech at it.
The revelation is more proof of Johnson’s personal corruption: he set rules for the rest of us that meant we could not socialise at Christmas, or even visit our relatives who were dying of Covid-19, but he was merrily boozing it up with his party mates all the time.
It really was one rule for us and no rules at all for him.
And his own MPs are getting increasingly sick of it. It’s being said that 35 of them have now submitted letters calling for a challenge to Johnson’s leadership because they have no confidence in him.
Six leading Tories – Douglas Ross, Andrew Bridgen, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg, Tim Loughton and Caroline Nokes – are demanding Johnson’s immediate resignation.
Johnson is fighting back – with plans to pacify his backbenchers by offering them things they want, no matter how bad they are for the UK. So the NHS will suffer more privatisation so shareholders in private companies can have more public money in their back pockets; the BBC licence fee will be ended so it will be destroyed in its current form, and so on.
And he is planning a Hitler-style “Night of the Long Knives” in which members of his top team will be sacked – so he can pretend to be doing something to address the rot in Downing Street.
It won’t work because we know the rot is being caused by him.
Even his attempts to shift the blame sound pathetic. He is alleged to have moaned to his aides, asking, “How has all this been allowed to happen? How has it come to this? How haven’t you sorted it out?”
The simple answers are: “Johnson authorised it all. People talked about it. And nobody could have stopped it but him… and he was too busy whooping it up.”
So it will be entirely unfair – but entirely within character – for Johnson to demand that his employees take the blame for his own wrongdoing.
One MP (unnamed) is quoted comparing it with Hitler’s “Night of the Long Knives”.
He said: “Boris is preparing to lay down the lives of his staff to save his own… It will be the Night of the Long Scapegoats.”
Anybody who knows their history will be deeply troubled by this.
The Night of the Long Knives was a series of executions carried out by Hitler in 1934, to rid himself of political opponents and consolidate his rule of Germany; it made him more able to carry out his extremist agenda.
Any purge of his top team by Boris Johnson, although not nearly as homicidal, will have the same result; he will rid his government of advisors who would caution him against some of the extreme right-wing choices he is making and will bring in people who’ll support him to the hilt.
We have already learned that he is proposing an onslaught against the UK’s institutions and the rights of people living here or coming here, in order to appease the extremists on his own back benches.
If he gets away with it, the UK will slip further into the fascism that Johnson already represents.
It may even tip our nation over the brink into Nazism itself.
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We shouldn’t forget that Johnson had another Night Of The Long Knives just two years ago.
It says something about how unstable and volatile he is as a leader that he can have two so close together.
My word! How can anybody forget that? The expulsion of Kenneth Clarke, of Dominic Grieve, of Philip Hammond!
And now he’s about to throw out a load of his employees.
Pathetic, isn’t he?
Insecure, I think is the word.