Quotes about Boris Johnson

If trust in the word of our leaders in parliament is lost – then trust in government will be lost too

Parliament is an echo chamber. Lies can become accepted as fact, which – as the Speaker has pointed out – has consequences for policy and for reputation.

That is why deliberate lies to parliament have been fatal to political careers – and must always be so. If trust in the word of our leaders in parliament is lost – then trust in government will be lost too.

At No.10, the prime minister and officials broke lockdown laws. Brazen excuses were dreamed up. Day after day the public was asked to believe the unbelievable. Ministers were sent out to defend the indefensible – making themselves look gullible or foolish.

Collectively, this has made the government look distinctly shifty, which has consequences that go far beyond political unpopularity.

No government can function properly if its every word is treated with suspicion. A report by the Constitution Unit of UCL tells us that the public trust the courts more than the civil service; the civil service more than parliament; and parliament more than the prime minister.

10 February 2022 – John Major, Conservative MP from from 1979 to 2001, former Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Leader of the Conservative Party, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom