Quotes about Boris Johnson

I’ve known twelve Prime Ministers in my lifetime and by a country mile Boris Johnson is the worst

It inflicts reputational carnage in everyone involved in politics and on the House of Commons in particular. I think the significant difference between the John Major era and now is this. Yes, there was all sorts of wrongdoing during the latter stages of John Major premierships but nobody ever thought that John Major was a person of anything but unimpeachable integrity and straight dealing.

Now, the person who is in charge of the ship is regarded as serial dissembler, a habitual liar, as somebody who has made his career through ducking, and dodging, and diving and deceiving people. That’s the difference and that is why it’s so incredibly serious and enormously damaging.

I’m sorry to say it, but I’ve known twelve Prime Ministers in my lifetime and by a country mile Boris Johnson is the worst. His natural instinct is not to be open, not to be transparent, not to be accountable but narcissistically to think, what suits me? How can I extricate myself from this awkward situation? By what means can I arrogate blame somewhere else? This is way below the standard that the British public are entitled to expect.

And when people say, well, isn’t it important that we focus on the big issues rather than on wallpaper or the cost of a flat? I suppose the answer to that is this, if there isn’t a most basic level of trust in the most senior minister in the government it is very difficult to operate a democratic polity at all. That’s the problem. This guy stinks in the nostrils of decent people.

10 December 2021 – John Bercow, Conservative MP from 1997 to 2019, former Speaker of the House of Commons