Quotes about Boris Johnson

Whilst the lie is easily bad enough to make a reasonable person question the Prime Minister’s position, the truth is at least as bad

The clue is in the word leader; to lead is to set an example for others to follow. It is to completely understand that you will not ask members of the public to take on privations that you are not willing to abide by yourself. It is, unequivocally, a case of leading by example.

It has hurt this week to hear that the leader of our great Conservative Party has not been prepared to lead in such a way. Claims by the Prime Minister that he did not know that he was attending a party seem at best misguided and at worst cynical.

But it isn’t the hurt caused to me or my fellow Conservative MPs that is important, but rather the hurt caused to all those families who went without, whose loved ones died alone, whose funerals went unattended and whose livelihoods were lost that Mr Johnson has truly failed.

Sadly, the Prime Minister’s position has become untenable.

Leadership is not just about the job title, or even making big decisions; it is equally about having a moral compass. Of knowing not just right from left but right from wrong.

As more and more revelations have been published and I fear more are yet to come out, it is clear that not only were rules broken in Downing Street, but that the initial response was to stretch the truth about them being broken too.

There is an old saying in politics that it is the lie that gets you in the end, but that does not apply here. Whilst the lie is easily bad enough to make a reasonable person question the Prime Minister’s position, the truth is at least as bad. There is currently a moral vacuum at the heart of our government.

13 January 2022 – Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP since 2010