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British PM Johnson fights for survival after lockdown party hangover

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The news about Prince Andrew may take the heat off for a day or two.

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I thought he would be gone by the summer, I'll revise that to the end of February.

He will not be missed. But not really looking forward to whoever is going to replace him.

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Johnson feeble attempt at an apology, with the excruciating spineless excuses.....

"No 10 is a big department with the garden as an extension of the office - which has been in constant use because of the role of fresh air in stopping the virus"

All just adds insult to injury.

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Though I don’t agree with boris’ policy to expats and taxation, if he has any sense he will tune out the noise and ride out the storm-the left wing media know this is their big chance to oust him and are going in all guns blazing.

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-the left wing media know this is their big chance to oust him and are going in all guns blazing.

What left-wing media would that be? The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Sun?

It's the far-right of the Tory party that want lying Johnson out, he's damaging their chances at the next election.

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As with Theresa May, I think Johnson will be ditched at timing and in a manner that pins as much blame on him as possible. People will be encouraged to blame him personally, not the Conservatives who've been in power for over ten years now. The main thing that will change is the visuals around the leader, not the direction or policies.

The LDP in Japan did exactly the same with Suga.

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This moron has a party on the heels of his own Covid experience and from all published accounts he seemd to have suffered quite a bit, aka ICU. His partner who was pregnant at the time also had Covid and this idiot didn't know the seriousness of his partying?

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The 1922 Committee may have a centenary kill.

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Boris: "Went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends,

A chance to share old memories and smoke our ***** again.

And it's all right now, learned my lesson well,

You see, I can't please everyone, and made a fool of myself."

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if he has any sense ....

If he had any sense he wouldn't have gone to a party in the middle of a lockdown he himself had legislated for.

London's Metropolitan Police have not ruled out a criminal probe into the party, which occurred at a time when Britons were banned from outdoor socializing

In the same week that Bozo and his mates were partying, hundreds of ordinary folk were handed mandatory fines for breaking the same Covid rules, in most (all?) cases on a much smaller scale. Not for them the benefit of an official police inquiry, they just had to pay their £100 fines.

If Bozo really wants to take responsibility let him pay the fines for all 40-odd attendants (plus interest and a further penalty for late payment?). I don't suppose anyone expects him to take responsibility for lying yet again to the British public and their elected representatives. He's done it far too often and gotten away with it.

Just stick a fork in him.

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Who is feeling the most heat in the UK right now. Boris Johnson or Prince Andrew?.....

Both of them are a complete embarrassment to the UK and both should fade away into obscurity.

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Cabinet member Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed Ross as a "lightweight" Tory figure, sparking rebukes from other MPs and warnings that the upper-crust Englishman was bolstering the case for Scottish independence.

Just can’t help themselves. More condescension, disdain and arrogance after Johnson has shown condescension, disdain and arrogance. There are Tory supporters who seem to like this sort of thing but I don’t think it’s helping their cause with the public as a whole.

The top Tory show ponies are out of control here.

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kohakuebisu makes a good point. The Tories may see this as an opportunity to dump all the public antagonism that has built up over the expensive consequences of Brexit, unpopular lockdowns, and the nightmare of home schooling on to Johnson and press 'rinse'. They do have Rishi Sunak as a viable replacement. But that's all. There's not much else in the locker.

It's a risk though. Ideally, more of Brexit and Covid would be dumped at his door a bit later (there is a lot more Brexit trouble to come, increased prices and shortages).

A party coup and the election of a replacement could go horribly wrong, with someone unelectable in a general election ending up in Downing Street.

They know that Johnson has bounced back from worse and has pulled votes from places no other Tory can.

It's really finely balanced. Johnson may have time, until the report comes out, to pull a few rabbits out of hats. And he does get lucky - the timing of the Prince Andrew story gives him some cover, unless the Tories decide to act.

This is as interesting as the Westminster swamp gets.

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They know that Johnson has bounced back from worse 

Such as?

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Maybe best to let him continue, then everyone will have a good chance to see him for what he is, even his die-hard supporters

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Privilege and stupidity at its finest. The man has no sense of right and wrong, is only sorry he got caught and he would do it again because he does not believe that the laws for commoners apply to him as Prime Minister.

Show him the door.

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Peter14..

Privilege and stupidity at its finest

Yes, agreed. But he set himself the goal of becoming PM and got there. The real stupidity award must go the the electorate that voted for him and his sort.

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Not pleasant reading the front runners to replace Boris...

An Indian rich boy, a Pakistani princess, a Margret Thatcher cosplayer, Micheal Gove, yes really! and good old Japanophile Jeremy Hunt..

Can we not have John Major back?

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With Boris Johnson in peril over ‘partygate’, who could step in as UK PM?

A couple of political leaders who are descendants of South Asians are waiting anxiously to take over any time.

Just that how many Anglo-Saxons would accept them to govern Great Britain..?

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Just that how many Anglo-Saxons would accept them to govern Great Britain..?

Govern the UK.

I’d say the majority would accept a non ‘Anglo-Saxon’. London elected a man of Pakistani origin as mayor and there are numerous non ‘Anglo-Saxon’ MPs in Tory, Labour and Lib Dem seats.

I’d take Sunak over Johnson but Patel is totally unfit for office. Gove is pathetic and Truss cannot be taken seriously. Nothing to do with their ancestries.

It’s a sad state of affairs when Sunak is the least objectionable choice.

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He needs to step down its that simple.

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Can you honestly point the finger at any politician that could competently step up govern lead?

Irrespective of party or political affiliation?

Covid changed the political landscape as much as peoples lives.

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Jimizo...

I’d say the majority would accept a non ‘Anglo-Saxon’. London elected a man of Pakistani origin as mayor

White Anglo -saxons are now only 40% of the London population. The rest of the country may not be as welcoming as "Londoners". Most of the "minority" MPs are not minorities in their constituencies.

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The AvengerToday  09:25 am JST

Boris: "Went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends,

A chance to share old memories and smoke our ***** again.

And it's all right now, learned my lesson well,

You see, I can't please everyone, and made a fool of myself."

You might think that after getting CoVid and surviving in 2020, he would know better than to 'fiddle' while the UK 'burns' with a virus.

Bojo, you BOZO - just go-go. Resign and go away. You blew it.

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Prime Minsters do not begin and end on a belief the failures of the present, reflect the next incumbent from whatever party, can wave a magic wand and the political equivalent of Mary Poppins will descend from above singing....

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-58436009

And don't believe any politician from opposition parties can pretend overwise

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A couple of political leaders who are descendants of South Asians are waiting anxiously to take over any time.

Just that how many Anglo-Saxons would accept them to govern Great Britain..?

You can just say, "I'm afraid of white people not being in charge forever", it's okay. The mods on this site will support it.

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Johnson betrayed his country and people Express sister, but there has to be a credible alternative and there simply isn't.

Taxes must balance and reflect the excessive public sector debt burden.

Tax facts - 2022/23

https://www.rsmuk.com/ideas-and-insights/tax-facts

Balance of payments, UK: April to June 2022

https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/balanceofpaymentsukapriltojune2022

Notice what is missing?

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In fact, not all British white people are even Anglo-Saxons. They found that on average 25%-40% of the ancestry of modern Britons is attributable to the Anglo-Saxons.

A genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German DNA.

I think this is all a massive aside, although a fascinating one. But I don't think anyone expects British DNA to have popped out of the ground. Anglo-Saxon DNA is heavily German (the name is a clue). We also have Celtic DNA and other "indigenous" Britons as well as a smattering of Norman and Viking.

However, until the 20th century, there was pretty limited immigration for nearly a thousand years, so other than identifying that the inhabitants of an island was made up of the DNA of the European people who settled it, there are very few conclusions to be drawn from DNA analysis.

And moving back on topic, anyone but Patel. She is an awful human being.

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Notice what is missing?

I know: the data that you couldn't be bothered to provide.

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anyone but Patel. 

Even Rees-Mogg?

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