Boris Johnson, Allegra Stratton, Parliament discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

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To his back benches even who questioned him on the right of the plan B also contains things like vaccine passports. The right of his party in MP called will rag got up and said, we hear the prime minister is planning that. Does he know that this would be deeply unpopular with his own party and it came to parliament he wouldn't get the votes. That was the message basically. So he has managed to annoy just about all sides of parliament with his very carefully calculated words yesterday because he can not deceive the house on this, still saying that basically apologizing for something that he still won't confirm actually happened. And in the same Allegra Stratton, you know, has resigned over something that in her statement later in the day when she came out and gave her a very tearful apology, she still didn't say whether or not a party had on that happened. So what are you resigning for? It's quite extraordinary, isn't it? What are the polls saying? Can he survive this? So the polls yesterday were pretty damning. So in snap polls, only one in ten people thought that Boris Johnson was being honest about this. And this was a problem that was always going to come around for Boris Johnson, but it just depended how long. I think he's someone who we can fairly describe as having had a long-term socially distanced relationship with the truth. And if you go back into his career as a journalist, you know, he was fired from his very first job at the times because he made up quotes. That is the sacred crime in journalism. You do not make stuff up, and he was fired from that. He was fired from every other job he's basically done apart from mayor of London, and it obviously often comes down to the truth when he first got into parliament he was fired from the shadow cabinet by Michael Howard, because he lied about having an affair. And we know the cover up is often worse than the crime. And when it comes to the truth, it is like gravity, the more you try and fly away from it, the harder the impact will be when you do fall. And I think people were willing to put up with a lot with Boris Johnson, we knew about the messy personal life as much as he won't want to talk about it. We knew about mistakes that he'd made along the way, the cost of things when he was London mayor, things like the double decker bus that costs three times the price it should have done. All these things people were willing to put up with. And in some ways, in the last election, because they wanted to end Brexit and they just thought that he would be the person that delivered it even though he himself had used it as a political tool to get rid of his old enemy, David Cameron and march up half the power himself. But now it seems because we have had this universal collective experience rare in history where we've all lived through this period where many people have done their best to obey the rules have made huge sacrifices. Even just aside from those people who, and we're talking hundreds of thousands of people who haven't been able to say goodbye to loved ones and family members over the past two years because we're close to a 150,000 people dying in this country. Everyone, you, me, the people here working monocle. We have all at times done everything we can to obey the rules in the hope that it stops more people from dying. And it seems that the same for Downing Street to be celebrating, not with just one, but it seems multiple parties and the times this morning also reports that there was a party in the Conservative Party headquarters. After a year in which they had many people will say, failed at major points to stop this crisis from getting worse when you compare us to the rest of Europe when you compare us to equivalent nations that were island nations a particular strength that we had on many metrics the UK and the British government led by Boris Johnson failed. And so the fact that they still thought they should have a Christmas party, I think is going to go with a lot of people, and I think this is far from over. And I think the Met police last night said that they weren't going to investigate this. But I think the British public, given the anger you've seen, as a journalist sometimes you start to clock something as really, really taking off when your phone just starts blowing up by random people who never normally talk to you about news, asking questions about it. And I think this is really far from over, and it could see Boris Johnson potentially facing real consequences and possibly out of office. Thank you very much indeed. Boris.

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