Tory un-civil war as grandee Patten slams Boris Johnson’s ‘moral vacuum’

Last Updated: May 5, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Chris Patten: he was a minister in a Tory government and he wants Boris Johnson out of Downing Street.

Don’t you love it when high-ranking Conservatives fight amongst themselves?

I’ve had experience of Chris Patten and he’s as slimy as they come, but he’s not wrong in his assessment of Boris Johnson and I think many people will agree with his observations, which are as follows:

Lord Patten told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that any backlash at the ballot box on Thursday to Covid rule breaches in Downing Street will not be “a determining factor” in the PM’s future, but said: “I think the continuing pitter patter of fines from the Metropolitan Police and, above all, the Sue Gray report are likely to be issues. Against that, the background is pretty grizzly with the economy, all the problems associated with energy prices, all of which is made more difficult by Brexit.

So Lord Patten is not a supporter of Johnson’s partying, his economic policy, the cost-of-living crisis that Johnson created or Brexit.

“I am just not sure how much this will affect the exotic mood at Westminster. Whether we will continue to have a moral vacuum at the heart of government I just don’t know.”

That’s damning – describing Johnson himself as a “moral vacuum”. Remember, Patten was himself a government minister at a time when morality was conspicuously vacant from the Conservative Party.

The former minister, who chaired the Tory party from 1990 to 1992, added that it would be “foolish” to believe that Mr Johnson’s tenure had been rescued by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He said: “You could change a leader even if you are witness to a war going on somewhere else.

“I just don’t know what will finally shake him off. He is obviously going to have his hands on the doorknob at Number 10 clenching very hard onto that door.

“I guess they will have to be peeled off with some difficulty. What I hope for is to have a Conservative government some time.”

So he also disagrees that Johnson should not be removed while the Russia-Ukraine war is ongoing – and believes that he should in fact be removed as soon as possible.

His final comment is particularly damning: he does not believe that Johnson is a Conservative.

To me, this suggests that a former Tory chairman is saying that Boris Johnson has taken his party too far into the far right of politics, and people who support British political values should abandon him.

Is it too late to hope that this may be reflected in the results of today’s local elections?

Source: Former Tory chairman Chris Patten slams ‘moral vacuum’ Boris Johnson on eve of local elections

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  1. Martyn Meacham May 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I have just received a 30 day ban from Facebook book for stating my loathing of the tory party….

    • Mike Sivier May 5, 2022 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      In what terms did you make that statement?

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