No wonder why the Conservatives are reluctant to dump their leader
A week is a long time in politics.
This quote is attributed to Harold Wilson, who served as Prime Minister from 1964–1970 and from 1974–76.
Those words were particularly apt not least because of his travails on the job as British premier at a time of great political, social and economic upheaval in the 1960s and 70s, when the once mighty Britain was forced to devalue its currency and to go cap in hand to the IMF for a loan.
The current incumbent of Number 10 Downing Street has found Wilson’s often repeated quote powerfully relevant in 2022.
Only a week ago, ‘the independent Sue Gray report’ absolved the Prime Minister of breaking the law and handed out fines to mostly junior staff working at Downing Street for partying during lockdown.
But something truly extraordinary happened yesterday.
Images of Boris Johnson actively partying during lockdown, which was strangely glossed over by the investigating civil servant —Sue Gray — and the Metropolitan police made its way into the public domain, leaving the leading players in the long running drama with more questions than answers.
Why did Sue Gray omit this glaring piece of evidence? Why did the police disregard this bit of information? And why did the Prime Minister ask to meet with the supposedly independent civil servant on the findings of the report?
All of which brings us back to when Catherine West, a Labour MP, asked Johnson in a fully packed parliament, if he was among those who partied on the 13th of November 2020 (the day the photograph was taken), Britain’s worst ever premier said no.
You must understand that it is one thing to not to tell the truth in a televised interview and it is another to blatantly lie to a house full of elected officials.