Another pal of Boris Johnson has been identified in the lockdown-busting party video that became public knowledge over the weekend:
— Jack White 🔶#SlavaUkraini #FBPE #REJOINNow #NAFO (@WriterJackWhite) June 17, 2023
She joins other identified Tories including Shaun Bailey (made a peer in Johnson’s honours) and Ben Mallet (given an OBE in Johnson’s honours). Bailey has tried to dismiss the matter out-of-hand – indicating that this entitled Tory twit doesn’t understand that he has absolutely no control over the news agenda and if the public is outraged, he’ll have to put up with it:
Tell @ShaunBaileyUK the matter is in no way CLOSED.
Perhaps he’d like to read this thread
Thread by @secretspartacus on Thread Reader App https://t.co/NMYLtlCXNu https://t.co/eeiiexwDdx
— Judy Hamilton (@secretspartacus) June 18, 2023
Elsewhere, questions have arisen over another video clip, in which Jacob Rees-Mogg (knighted in Johnson’s honours list) said a Christmas party that broke Covid-19 lockdown rules would not be investigated by police. Why was he so sure?
I'm just trying to think this one through. For Rees-Mogg to be confident enough to be making these jokes, he must have known that there was some kind of consensus in these circles that in their view the Lockdown was wrong or pointless. Have I got that right? https://t.co/1lJ1GmzwbL
— Michael Rosen 💙💙🎓🎓 (@MichaelRosenYes) June 18, 2023
Rees-Mogg has apparently claimed “officials” told him to say the rules had been followed at all times.
— Sir Norman of Nowhere, KBE, CSE.🏴☠️ (@Normanjam671) June 17, 2023
It’s not looking good, is it?
There are other problems with Johnson’s honours list…
Could Johnson write a column on why junior aide Charlotte Owens deserves a peerage more than the chief medical officer, chief scientist, creator of the vaccine, or any number of doctors, nurses or physios who put themselves in harm’s way to save patients? https://t.co/pBomf0tnWW
— Stefan Marciniak (@Prof_Marciniak) June 18, 2023
Add it all up and you get comments like this from Private Eye‘s Ian Hislop:
"Normally we go though the honours list looking for people who are dodgy. This year we went through looking for anyone who wasn't."
— The London Economic (@LondonEconomic) June 19, 2023
Calls for Johnson’s honours list to be rejected in toto have proliferated, but spineless prime minister Rishi Sunak has run away from the responsibility for dealing with this controversy dumped on his doorstep by his forerunner.
Sunak has also run like a rabbit from the responsibility of making his position clear on how his Tory MPs should vote on the recommendation of the Partygate Inquiry.
Sky News reporter, "You promised professionalism, accountability, integrity at every level. Boris Johnson has undermined all of those. Do you not need to set an example and vote for him to be punished for that?"
Rishi Sunak, "It is up to each individual MP." pic.twitter.com/8XYGczVhMS
— Farrukh (@implausibleblog) June 19, 2023
While all this is going on, it seems other matters may be going unnoticed.
Who did this?
On whose authority?
Who owns the land?
— Fionna O'Leary, 🕯🇪🇺 (@fascinatorfun) June 17, 2023
What happened to all that PPE that Michelle Mone got the Tory government to buy, only to find it couldn’t be used?
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