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Should he go or should he stay?

Today Boris Johnson and his chancellor have been fined for Mr Johnson’s birthday party held in the middle of lockdown when such gatherings were banned by law under regulations he had himself issued. It now seems he has misled the House of Commons and MPs have long maintained he could not stay in post if this were the case. Predictably, for a man of his self-belief, he refuses to resign.

Conservative MPs rally round, claiming it is inappropriate to change a Prime Minister in the midst of a World crisis, despite the fact the country was much more directly involved in a war in 1940 when Neville Chamberlain made way for Winston Churchill.

It is, of course, a nonsense. Britain’s support for Ukraine is not dependent on who occupies Downing Street. Any Prime Minister would do much the same at a time like this. Indeed, a PM with better judgement than the current one would possibly do a better job.

How low can we sink? Can we really retain any respect in the world with such a scandal unresolved? I think most Conservative MPs might fail to challenge Mr Johnson because they cannot see an obvious successor, but the electorate is unlikely to be impressed by such myopia. It is a matter of principle the current leader should be replaced. Anyone would be better than someone who can no longer command the respect of the country. It does not bode well, and the Rule of Law has just been weakened further, with serious consequences for Freedom, Truth, and sensible government in future.

About the Author

K J Petrie has a Full Technological Certificate in Radio, TV and Electronics, an HNC in Digital Electronics and a BA(Hons) in Theological Studies.

His interests include Christian and societal unity, Diverse Diversity, and freedoms from want, from fear, of speech, and of association. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party.

The views expressed here are entirely personal and unconnected with any body to which he belongs.

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