Quotes about Boris Johnson

The prime minister and our present government not only challenge the law, but also seem to believe that they – and they alone – need not obey the rules, traditions, convention

All of this is against the backdrop of the prime minister being investigated for several apparent breaches of the ministerial code.

He chose to ignore critical reports on his ministers; rejected advice from his independent adviser on ministerial standards – who resigned; and attempted – but failed – to overturn a unanimous Standards Select Committee report that condemned the behaviour of a parliamentary colleague and friend.

It may be possible to find excuses for each of these lapses – and others – but all of them, taken together, tell a different tale.

The prime minister and our present government not only challenge the law, but also seem to believe that they – and they alone – need not obey the rules, traditions, conventions – call them what you will – of public life.

The charge that there is one law for the government, and one for everyone else is politically deadly – and it has struck home.

Our democracy requires that the truth and the law should be respected and obeyed – above all, by the government. But, sometimes, it seems that – even if it is obeyed – it is not always respected.

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