Yes: Partygate report is damning. But we knew Johnson was a liar. Why was he allowed to be PM?

The respect he has for us: This Site used this image of Boris Johnson delivering a two-fingered salute to indicate occasions when his behaviour fell below the standard we should have expected of him – and there were many such times. Nobody cared. Many were on a gravy train that he had set on the tracks. And the consequences of his corruption will continue to be felt for a long time to come. How can we ensure nobody like him ever gets to be prime minister again?

At last the report of the Commons’ Partygate Inquiry has been published and it says what we all knew: Boris Johnson lied repeatedly and brazenly about the fact that parties took place in Downing Street while families across the country were locked down and could not properly handle their loved ones’ deaths of Covid-19.

You can download the full report by the Commons’ Privileges Committee here. The BBC has been live-streaming about it here. Other reports are available.

The report recommended that Johnson be suspended from Parliament, not just for the 10 days that would have triggered a by-election in his constituency (he has resigned as an MP anyway) but for 90 days – a quarter of a year.

Two of the committee wanted Johnson expelled altogether, but this was vetoed by the four Conservative MPs on the panel, which suggests bias for party political purposes (at least, it does to me).

It seems unlikely he’ll get a former members’ pass, which provides limited access to the House of Commons for former MPs to visit colleagues and have meals – but MPs will have to vote on this.

But these are all secondary issues.

The main concern is that a man who is a habitual liar was allowed to occupy the highest office in the United Kingdom and to make a mockery of its powers and privileges.

This Writer thinks a further investigation should be carried out, into how such a despicable creature was allowed to rise through the ranks of any political party.

We all knew what he was. Sites like Vox Political spent years warning about him – but our concerns fell on deaf ears.

He was supported by chancers who saw opportunities for themselves in his rise, and he entered 10 Downing Street on the crest of a tidal wave of dishonesty unlike anything previously seen in this country.

As the Partygate Report states, the contempt he showed for Parliament (let alone the rest of the UK) was unprecedented because he was the prime minister.

He should never have got as far as he did – but he did. He should never have been allowed to do the things he did – but he was.

And it is entirely possible for others to follow in his footsteps and do the same.

Given the level of corruption shown by Johnson by his actions in taking part in Downing Street parties and then covering up the fact that they even took place, let alone any other questionable behaviour during his time in office, it seems clear that Parliament must clean up its act.

Yes, the inquiry has done its job, but the rot was allowed to set in for three years before anything could be done. That is far too long. A single day is too long.

The question is: how do we police Parliament, when its members and employees have demonstrated themselves to be inadequate in the job?

ADDITIONAL: It is good to see Johnson’s former employer, Max Hastings, telling BBC News (at c.11.35am, June 15) that while he welcomes the report, he feels as I do – that the people who put him in his position (not the voters; people in the Conservative Party and the media) need to be investigated/penalised/prevented from doing it again. Sadly, Sir Max (when was he knighted?) seems to think Rishi Sunak is an honourable person (in spite of evidence to the contrary), so this will be uphill work as those involved may be unable to see beyond their own biases.

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4 thoughts on “Yes: Partygate report is damning. But we knew Johnson was a liar. Why was he allowed to be PM?

  1. James

    And the vast bulk of his resignation HONOURS list is still approved? A totally disgraced Johnson shouldn’t be allowed to ‘honour’ ANY of his friends, toadies, gofers or family!

  2. Stu

    It looks possible that as PM he “feathered his nest” by knighting Paul Dacre as it looks like he’s possibly got a lucrative number at the Daily Mail if their front page (16th of June) is to be believed, but the Express are also defending him too, so the gutter press is sinking even further than we ever thought possible..

  3. Hecuba

    Criminal and corrupt little fascist dictator duck johnson isn’t the first rotten MP and he won’t be the last! However, given fascist crook johnson managed to get himself elected as a fake prime ministers means other rotten and corrupt male politicians will also be elected as prime ministers because there is nothing to prevent such action!

    The fascist rotten tories are doing nothing to rid themselves of the rotten and corrupt cabal still residing within their fascist tory party! Instead malestream media continues to focus on little fascist dictator duck johnson’s lies as if what he utters is the definitive truth!

    Democracy does not exist in little england any more instead we have a cabal of rotten and corrupt male politicians who stole our public money during the coronavirus pandemic and now these fascist tory criminals are determined to ensure their criminal reign continues!

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