British MPs did not turn their back on the Prime Minister

One can wonder how long politicians shall accept certain behaviour of the leader of their party.

We remember the quote of the day 2022 May 24

“Any reasonable person looking at some of these photos will only be able to conclude that the PM obviously lied to the Commons, and possibly to the cops, and there is no reasonable story for how others were fined for event X but not him.”

–  Photos will show that Boris Johnson “obviously lied” to police and the House of Commons about Downing Street parties, the PM’s former top aide Dominic Cummings has claimed, hours before several photos of the PM at a No 10 gathering leaked.

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The whole thing is rotten. He’s got to go.”

–  An MP who is considering submitting a letter to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee over Boris Johnson speaks to The Independent about Partygate.

It seems like the majority of the conservative politicians do not want to see and hear how the general British public has two-thirds (66 per cent) of voters who believe Mr Johnson should resign. The findings by an exclusive Savanta poll for The Independent you would expect would have troubled anxious Conservative MPs, though before the ‘vote de confiance’ more than a quarter (26 per cent) of those who backed the Tories in 2019 said they were less likely to do so again if Mr Johnson remains leader, and at the confidence vote the votes were mostly in favour of that man who could lie so much and demand things from people to what he himself did not keep.

Looking at the past:

Fed up with the anger of their constituents over partygate, we had the impression there would now, after so many debacles, be enough MPs demanding and taking care that Mr Johnson should leave No 10 because he has dragged the party and Government through the mud by misleading Parliament and by making the British people like fools or idiots one can play with.

For Johnson, the press is the guilty one of the state the UK is in. Boris Johnson’s had presented a 907-word plea for support to MPs, in which he suggests that the press were somehow to blame for the predicament that the Prime Minister now finds himself in.

Suggesting that colleagues had been “focusing on Westminster politics” to the detriment of voters, the former Telegraph journalist argued that “some of the criticism has perhaps been fair, some less so”.

Four out of the six Scottish Tories have turned against Mr Johnson because they feel the party’s weak performance north of the border has been worsened by his leadership, and in an attempt to drive a wedge between Scottish and English Conservatives, they have called for him to go.

When they voted, we can wonder if they had seen and heard the reaction of the people at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As polling guru Prof Sir John Curtice pointed out, the Tories’ biggest problem is that the public does not trust the Prime Minister.

“… what people say to camera and the boos that you hear at the Prime Minister outside St Paul’s Cathedral. They’re not necessarily representative, but they are iconic of a mood that is very intuitive.”

After winning yesterday’s confidence vote the prime minister was as it happens more, in bullish form, and said it was time to focus on issues the public cares about – and not what he characterised as the whims of his “opponents”.

Unlike previous rebellions against No 10, Monday’s vote is not thought to have been an organised campaign with a sophisticated “shadow whipping” operation. With 148 MPs voting against their leader the Tory Whips faced a far larger rebellion than expected.

For: 211; Against: 148 which gives 59% for the minister to stay on his post and 41% wanting him to leave.

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