People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, as the saying goes, and Boris Johnson is finding that out for himself right now.
After he referred repeatedly to Keir Starmer as “Captain Hindsight”, a commenter on Twitter responded that Johnson himself must be “Major Corruption” – to rapturous applause:
I just saw someone refer to Johnson as Major Corruption in response to his childish Captain Hindsight remarks and I just can't… surely that wins twitter today?#MajorCorruption
— Bradley Wall 🏳️🌈 🇪🇺🇬🇧🌍 (@BWallArthur) April 21, 2021
Apparently Boris Johnson was referred to quite aptly as #MajorCorruption. I'd also like to add he's been a major disaster. Not a very good combination during a Pandemic. @BorisJohnson Britain's worst ever Prime Minister.
— Matthew Payne (@Matthew82069336) April 22, 2021
Johnson is in no position to deny the claim that is implicit in his new nickname; today (April 22) new allegations landed, suggesting that 20 per cent – an entire fifth – of Covid-19-related contracts awarded to private organisations were “red-flagged” for possible corruption.
Here’s The Guardian:
Transparency International UK said a “seriously flawed” arrangement, whereby companies bidding for contracts were prioritised if they were referred into a “VIP lane” by their political connections, had “damaged trust in the integrity of the pandemic response”.
The group said it had identified 73 Covid-related contracts with multiple factors that would ordinarily be treated as red flags for possible corruption, such as the company being politically connected. Twenty-seven PPE or testing contracts worth £2.1bn were awarded to firms with connections to the Conservative party, it claimed.
The group said it had also identified £255m of contracts awarded to companies that had only been incorporated within the previous 60 days. The figure is surprising because the short lifespan of the companies suggests they cannot have had any track record of actual business.
The group said Boris Johnson’s government must urgently disclose the identities of companies awarded public money through the VIP lane, which was set up by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care in the early days of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, we have also learned that David Cameron was trying to get his grubby little hands on personal data belonging to NHS staff, while he was lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital, in which he had a financial interest.
And the Twitter commentariat has been happy to supply multiple other examples of Johnson’s alleged corruption. For example:
@Keir_Starmer please refer to Boris Johnson as #MajorCorruption in future #PMQs it's a well deserved title given the history #r4today #bbcnews #bbcqt like to stay silent about 🤫 pic.twitter.com/ghp9LxikeA
— Rabble Cat (@TheGraveside) April 22, 2021
If you go into a bank, steal £1m & kill 10 people you'll be locked up for decades.
— The Social Sciences 💙 😷 (@Soc_Sciences) April 22, 2021
— Lynda D (@LyndaD1) April 21, 2021
One last observation: while it has been great fun calling Johnson “Major Corruption”, at least one observer has suggested that we are ranking him too highly:
— Helen121 🕷💙🇪🇺 (@Helen121) April 22, 2021
As alternatives go, it is appropriate on many different levels – isn’t it?
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