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Another week of farce

January 21, 2022 12:26 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

83hsFrom the lack of government actions its hard to believe that inflation has soared to 5.4% in December, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics whilst weekly earnings - excluding bonuses - rose by 3.8% in the three months to November .

Inflation is now at a ten year high and that is before the forecast 50% increase in gas bills and the planned increase in National Insurance both of which are expected to squeeze living standards still more

Rather than focus on issues which matter to ordinary folk No10 and the Tory Party seem to be putting ever greater efforts to save the Prime Minister from the fact that during lockdown he ignored the rules he had announced and then lied about doing so. Today the ex-chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Alistair Graham, said it was clear that Mr Johnson breached the ministerial code by misleading parliament, which would be a resigning matter. he said Evidence of Boris Johnson lying to parliament over parties at Downing Street is "clear cut".

This hasn't stopped a rear-guard action to save the Prime Minister under the bizarre code name Operation Save Big Dog We reported it here . Its hard to make this stuff up but a key part of the plan was "Operation red meat" ( it all sounds like a Biggles novel from the 1950s!) where populist policies would be announced to appease the Tory Right and consolidate his position

First there was news the military would coordinate efforts to stop migration by boat. That soon fell flat when they said they would not push back boats

Then it was processing boat people in Rwanda and Ghana that fared little better when Ghanaian officials blasted any reports of such plans, insisting they have never held any discussions with Home Office officials. And its foreign office appeared to mock Boris Johnson's strategy to save himself with his 'Operation Red Meat' strategy which they called 'Operation Dead Meat'.

Not a great start!

Since then Boris Johnson has faced

  • a defection when Christian Wakeford, defected to the Labour Party on Wednesday,
  • Senior Tory MP and ex- Brexit Minister David Davis telling Johnson in the Commons: "In the name of God, go." echoing a speech made to Neville Chamberlain which saw him resign and Churchill become Prime Minister
  • A senior Conservative William Wragg chairs the public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC), has accused ministers of breaching the ministerial code by making threats to rebel colleagues who are considering trying to topple Boris Johnson. The former Conservative MP Christian Wakeford has alleged that party whips told him he would lose funding for a new high school in his constituency if he did not vote with the government.
  • The claim came as the senior Conservative William Wragg urged MPs to report government ministers, whips and advisers to the Speaker - and even the police - for what he claimed was attempted blackmail of some colleagues suspected of possibly opposing Boris Johnson. This claim was supported by former Conservative MP Christian Wakeford has alleged that party whips told him he would lose funding for a new high school in his constituency if he did not vote with the government.
  • An email central to the charge that Boris Johnson "lied to parliament" over the No10 garden party he attended has been found by the inquiry, it is believed. The official will tell the partygate inquiry head that Mr Reynolds "immediately came to his office after receipt of the email and asked him why the party should be cancelled", ITV News has reported. It is also being alleged that Mr Reynolds, Mr Johnson's principal private secretary, feared cancelling the May 2020 party would be more embarrassing than going ahead.

So there we are another week of the "peoples priorities" cast aside as a floundering Prime Minister struggles to stay afloat. We all deserve better!