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Bounce in British House of Commons: Boos for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson deviated in answering almost every question about ‘party gate’ or resignation. He mainly talked about policies that he is proud of. There was a no-confidence vote.

 

Already from the announcement of Boris Johnson, there was loud booing. It set the tone for a rowdy session. A successful vaccination campaign, new hospitals and low unemployment were Johnson’s most repeated arguments on every question about partygate. Partygate refers to the scandal in which Johnson held parties at his official residence during the lockdowns. He has always reacted clumsily to this until now. Either he didn’t know it was a party, or no one had told him he was breaking the rules.

According to Johnson, Labor is easy to talk to. “While they wanted to put everyone in lockdown, we were vaccinating. This allowed us to restart our economy, which means that we are now among the best growers,” says Johnson. “The staff you are talking about were hard at work. I am proud of that.”

“Every week, it gets worse with Johnson, and people want a turnaround to a decent government,” opposition leader Keir Starmer said. “Nobody told him not to be at the party. Does he really think he can come up with such a lame excuse again?” Johnson gives no further details about the parties. “That investigation will solve all questions about it. I won’t answer that now.” After some additional questions from Starmer, Johnson says, “He’s wasting our time. He asks for things that should emerge from the investigation.’

Starmer went out of his way for a moment when he spoke of the Queen. “She sat there, alone, the night before her husband’s funeral. While you stuffed suitcases with booze and drummed up a DJ. Aren’t you ashamed?’ Then the chairman interrupted the opposition leader. It would be against the rules to involve the royal family in discussions in parliament.

Gradually, the hearing turned, and questions about other subjects arose. For example, opposition members of the Labor Party are trying to stick to partygate for a while, and a Conservative MP is also explicitly asking for Johnson’s resignation. Yet the debate gradually subsides, and eventually, most MPs drop out.

This did not lead to a vote of confidence. However, the long-term danger has not yet passed. MP Christian Wakeford defected from the Conservatives to Labour just before the session. “We welcome a new MP who knows what the Prime Minister does not want to know: you must resign,” Starmer said.

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