Like his friend Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a sleazy, corrupt, liar who only cares about his pwn interests. They are both assisted by enablers who help them until things get too hot at which point some of the enablers abandon ship to advance their own interests or to salvage their reputations. The number of people in the Trump administration who fit this description are too many to count.
Johnson’s government was rocked yesterday by the simultaneous resignations of two senior cabinet members who in their letters said that they no longer had confidence in Johnson’s leadership after a series of scandals
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a huge blow on Tuesday when two of his top ministers announced their resignations, saying they could no longer work for a government mired in scandal.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and [health secretary] Sajid Javid both announced they were quitting in letters posted to Twitter within minutes of each other on Tuesday evening.
“The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously,” Sunak said in his resignation letter. “I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
Javid and Sunak were not the only ones to go on Tuesday.
Shortly the two quit their jobs, Conservative party vice chair Bim Afolami announced live on television that he too was resigning.
Afolami called for Johnson to step down and then said he would also give his own resignation. “I think you have to resign because I can’t serve under the Prime Minister.”
Several other junior-ranking government officials also announced resignations later on Tuesday.
It has been one long series of scandals through which Johnson has insisted he will stay on.
The most immediate controversy facing Johnson is Downing Street’s handling of last week’s resignation of deputy chief whip Chris Pincher, who stepped down from his post last Thursday amid allegations he had groped two guests at a private dinner the night before.
Downing Street has struggled to explain why Pincher was in government in the first place, amid a wave of revelations about his previous alleged conduct, denying Johnson knew anything specific about the allegations.
On Tuesday, it emerged that a complaint had been made against Pincher in the Foreign Office about three years ago and that Johnson was briefed on what happened.
[W]hile he managed to win the confidence vote, he suffered a further blow late last month when his party lost two parliamentary by-elections in a single night, raising new questions about his leadership.
UK opposition leader Keir Starmer said it was “clear” that the government was “collapsing.”
“Tory cabinet ministers have known all along who this Prime Minister is. They have been his cheerleaders throughout this sorry saga. Backing him when he broke the law. Backing him when he lied repeatedly. Backing him when he mocked the sacrifices of the British people,” the Labour Party leader said in a statement released after the two resignations.
These resignations seem to be a coordinated attempt to bring Johnson down.
Sunak’s statement that “I recognise this may be my last ministerial job” is a bit of disingenuous posturing. It is an open secret that he has long been eying Johnson’s job. In the backstabbing culture of British politics, it is believed that Johnson, seeking to undercut a rival, was the one who earlier leaked to the media damaging information about Sunak’s wife taking advantage of a tax provision that enabled her to avoid paying UK taxes on her huge Indian income, and also that Sunak was the holder of an American green card. While both those things were legal, it was hardly a resounding sign of the couple’s commitment to the country that they reside in and claim to want to serve. The timing of the resignations may be Sunak getting both revenge on Johnson and advancing his ambitions.
Will Johnson now act like Trump does when people turn on him and say that he hardly knew them or that they were terrible at their jobs, even though he was the one who hired them?