Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It might not be quite within the bounds of good taste to compare military calculations of a bridge too far – the title used in Cornelius Ryan’s work on the disastrous Allied airborne operation during the Second World War – with the latest foolish, mendacious and buffoonish efforts of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but on some level, the analogy works.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020, the Prime Minister was pressing his own assault on the pandemic fortifications developed in response to SARS-CoV-2. He had already shown himself incapable of understanding, let alone following health directions, shaking hands with infected patients, and furnishing the British public with inscrutable information. But then came those libation, food-ladened parties held during the lockdown phases, gatherings which often eschewed social distancing.
The interest last December was initially on Christmas gatherings that had taken place in 2020. The Mirror first noted that a Christmas Party had taken place at 10 Downing Street on December 18, 2020 under lockdown conditions that prohibited indoor social and household mixing. The rest of the UK was told at the time that Christmas lunches or parties were deemed primarily social activities and “not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”
The party was the subject of discussion in a clip released by ITV featuring a former spokesperson for Johnson, Allegra Stratton, who, giggles and all, is found conducting a mock press conference with colleagues. The video’s release pushed Stratton to a tearful resignation, but few others walked the plank. Johnson was certainly not going to be one of them, concluding “that guidelines were followed at all times”.
Evidence of more parties in government offices emerged, resulting in the establishment of an investigation led by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case. This mild effort, designed to distract and dissuade any investigations that might be conducted by the Metropolitan Police, went awry with revelations that the investigator had held two events in his own private office last December. Chase’s replacement, Sue Gray, once described by Labour MP Paul Flynn as “deputy God”, has been given more room to wander.
In the new year, Johnson finds himself facing a threat that promises to be graver to him than others, as if that was possible. It concerns yet another 2020 festive gathering that took place at Downing Street. Taking place in May that year in the Downing Street garden, the drinks gathering was held during the first lockdown and described by Johnson as a “work event”. This implausible understanding was reached after the PM’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds invited more than 100 Downing Street staff to “make most of the weather”. No. 10 has also claimed that it was “untrue” to claim that Johnson was “warned about the event”.
This is not deemed credible by Johnson’s former top advisor, Dominic Cummings, himself a seasoned breaker of lockdown rules and a master of the elaborate fib. Opining ever darkly, and with keen malice, he is of the view that Johnson “knew he was at a drinks party cos he was told it was a drinks party and it was actually a drinks party.” In his blog, Cummings claims that both he and one other advisor warned that such a gathering would “be against the rules and should not happen.”
At the start of prime minister’s questions in parliament, Johnson tried to sound contrite. “I want to apologise. I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.” He claimed to know “the anguish they have been through”, acknowledging that there were things “we simply did not get right.”
Other parliamentarians were incredulous. Labour’s Keir Starmer called Johnson a “man without shame” and asked whether the PM could “see why the British public think he’s lying through his teeth”. Chris Bryant, also of the Labour Party, proved cuttingly unsympathetic. “So the prime minster didn’t spot that he was at a social event? Come off it. How stupid does the prime minister think the British people are?”
The PM’s reactive strategy to being found out is one born in the cribs of privilege. Why take the blame for your own actions when you can find the locus elsewhere? According to the veteran news reporter Robert Peston, a scorched earth policy is being considered against certain allegedly culpable civil servants. Once they have been cleared out, Johnson intends to “live securely ever after at No. 10.” Little wonder that Whitehall is both outraged and suffering a decline of morale.
Any hope of placing Johnson’s head on the block, politically speaking, will have to come from within the Conservative Party. So far, six Tories have publicly made their case that they lack confidence in the PM. In a functional sense, any leadership contest can only feasibly take place if 54 Tory MPs write to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, the powerful backbench body chaired by Sir Graham Brady. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross is one MP who has promised to do so.
Despite the Tory rumbles, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi is strumming the tune of “he’s human and we make mistakes.” To BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Zahawi claimed that Johnson had done enough. “He came to the despatch box and apologised and said he will absolutely submit himself to Parliament, because that’s our parliamentary democracy.”
Much stock will be placed on Gray’s report and how it goes down among the Tory faithful. Downing Street has chosen to neither confirm nor deny a Daily Telegraph account that Johnson has been interviewed by Gray.
As a former minister told Peston, the findings by the civil servant will define “the rest of her life”. She will hardly be remembered well for sacrificing her own colleagues to avoid the scalping of Johnson. The PM’s response then is bound to be something he has adopted during the entire course of his public life: apologise and hope it all vanishes.
Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Email: email@example.com
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Now I am seeing that center-right governments are failing and succdems are rising. The bankers will probably support succdems because they are open border and pass immoral laws. They serve them.
The banksters support anyone that furthers their agenda.
Thats their job unless their Goverment make restrictions.
We have seen it for several Skandinavian banks as new established in Lituania. They has been used to whitewash oligarc money. Now those banks get punished.
But the police and the tax control somes AFTER the money has left the building -the crime for billions are done, and we only find millions to be legal, which can be taxed.
That’s right, right now succdems are doing their agenda. Pro-vaccine, pro-illegal and pro-elitist.
Boris claims he is jewish.
OnTheFritzzz Please DO NOT CONFUSE BETWEEN JUDAISM AND Zionism zionist are FAKE JEWS AND BORIS IS CLAIMING TO BE zionist and he has SMELLY BACKSIDE AS HE USES TOILET PAPER THIS IS IMPORTANT PREREQUISITE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO BE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
Chris Gr Fantastic,please say it again this is music to my ears If you say it 100 times it will make my day Remember you have the smelly backside you use toilet paper
Pakis have smelly backside.
Chris Gr Pakis use water to clean their backside much cleaner and environmentally friendly whilst you people use toilet paper which leaves backside UNCLEAN ,SMELLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY UNFRIENDLY AS TO PRODUCE THE TOILET PAPER YOU HAVE DESTORY TREEES AND CHEMICALS USED ARE RELEASED INTO RIVERS AND SEA Even STUBBORN Japanese saw THE WISDOM IN USING WATER TO CLEAN THEIR BACKSIDE AS USING TOILET PAPER WAS MAJOR CAUSE OF INFECTION BEING LEFT ON SEATS OF RAILWAY,BUSES ETC
I am using water though
Chris Gr You must thank Turks for this as they taught you how clean your backside with water for hygienic reasons
Cretans did it in Minoan times
Chris Gr Can you produce or show CREDIBLE RESEARCH DOCUMENT THAT SHOWS CRETANS DID IT MINCAN. TIMES UNTIL THEN FACT REMAINS THAT THIS SYSTEM AND PRACTICE WAS INTRODUCED BY TURKS AS GREECE IS A PART OF TURKEY ALL HISTORICAL FACTS POINT TO IN THIS DIRECTION
Yes, search it
Ottoman Empire is the successor of Greek Byzantines.
Try the translater again. It said You is nothing and only can be used as very expensive fertilizer by UNICEF.
I know that but individual Jews are not the collective.
BoJo the Clown always looks drunk.
You probatly is raiased as a camel Yourself.
It wasnt meant to make the camels unhappy.
He is the best prime minister after Mrs Thatcher what you on about… little clown
Attila Absolutely because he has PROVEN TO HAVE SMELLY BACKSIDE TRUE?
Balu time to change the record now you are just like a broken record repeating yourself
Get turkish balls out of your mouth, a bit more air will help you think clearly
Nothing wrong with my thinking stupid idiot ..your mum loves my balls she swallows the whole lot… you r a c***. Pisss offff
Attila You are Absolutely right once you confirm that you are using water which environmentally friendly not toilet paper as producing toilet paper is made from trees hence destroying forest and pollution
I would say they should make a better election system.
It was a big mistake to leave EU having no plans as well. They even slammed doors.
Jens Holm Whole system is rigged and opposition is tamed and cooped Beyond reformation or repair
And this kiddies is why it’s ALL fake. People like Johnson are high enough in those Ivy Towers to know the truth. It’s all fake news for Big Pharma to make money and the security complex to tighten it’s hold on society. Never listen to what the leadership says, watch what they do. Not too long go, a similar story was leaked about New Zealand’s Prime Minister and former US POTUS Obama partying late into the night.
Sure. Opium should be the only choise.
Nato out of afghanistan, get your opium fix now cracker, its going to be scarce!
We are not there anymore.
MAIN QUESTION WHY MASS MEDIA HAS BROUGHT OUT THIS ISSUE AT THIS TIME WHAT IS THE ESTABLISHMENT AND GOVERNMENT HIDING AND MEDIA IS FOCUSING ON THIS ISSUE WHICH WILL BLOW AWAY S LYING,CHEATING,MURDERERS INNOCENT ARE FUNDAMENTAL AND KEY REQUIREMENTS TO BE PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN AND MUST HAVE SMELLY BACKSIDE WITH USAGE OF TOILET PAPER OTHERWISE ONE CANNOT BE PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN
I believe the criteria for leadership today for any nation is to be a liar, cheater and murderer.
I in a too many only mode. This is really bad there too.
Ivan freely PLUS SMELLY BACKSIDE eh!
Its the same reasons as for the leader hyupocrasy in the rest of the world. Medias bring it as a comment to Our system. By that we can choose.
You are Prime Minister there until a majority in ther PM dont say so or they resign themself.
They are not Russia, China, Belarus or Assad.
Jens Holm British Parliament has no credibility and basically a rubber stamping laws created by civil servants but then you will never understand governance of an organized country from your comment about
Well actually Denmark is not far away. Its Our theird biggest trade partners. We easy learn their language and I only has been their twice.
By that I and we many times has critiseized the Brittish election systems and its side effects.
Its a supercapitalistic system forgetting too many of their population. The rich decide too much. But its also true almost anyone has invaded it as emmigrants and so many are unussefull by themself or the system there.
Jens Holes Fact remains to this day ENGLISH PEOPLE ARE LARGEST AND MOST VIOLENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GROUP IN THE WORLD THEY MASSACRED THE PEOPLE WHO WELCOMED THEM AS GUEST AND TOOK OVER THEIR LAND
Im sure You have rolled cigaret using all history books and the Holy Choran as well.
Jens Holms Why involve religion AND DIVERT THE ISSUE and ACCEPT THE TRUTH IT HURTHS BUT TRUTH WILL ALWAYS WIN AT END
Just because you allowed them to invade your country you f****** idiot…. Brainless moron
Attila Please say I am an idiot 1000 times it is music to my ears I am tot brainless but fact remains that YOU HAVE SMELLY BACKSIDE BECAUSE YOU REFUSE TO USE WATER AND YOU USE TOILET PAPER ENVIRONMENTALLY NOT FRIENDLY PRODUCT