Boris Johnson yesterday canceled a planned visit to a vaccination center in the English county of Lancashire, after a member of your familya -whose identity has not been revealed- tested positive for covid. The rules do not force those who have a complete vaccination schedule to self-isolate if they live with a positive. But the prime minister has decided to withdraw from the world for a few days. He will continue to hold meetings with his team, but most of them “will be virtual.”
With ostracism he tries to hide his head under the ground like an ostrich waiting for the storm created after admit their presence at a party held in Downing Street Gardens in May 2020 in full confinement.
The justification he offered in the control session in the House of Commons that “I thought it was a work meeting” did not convince Neither outside nor within their own ranks. There are many “Tory” deputies who are calling for his resignation. So Johnson has decided to disappear. Although it is not very clear if the absence will calm things down or make the crisis even worse.
At the moment, the cabinet ministers close ranks before the leader. Although they are looked at with a magnifying glass, yes, the movements of the person in charge of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, the two favorite candidates to succeed him. The head of the department for Northern Ireland, brandon-lewis, came out in defense of the still tenant of Number 10, assuring that he was the right person to “hold the position of Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.” “I think he will be able to go ahead and win the next general election because he is doing a great job of getting the country forward not only in the face of the pandemic but also by improving the economy. He is someone who wants to take care of (unfinished business) and do it with passion and in a way that benefits the whole of the UK.”
In this regard, Lewis urged critics to wait for conclude the internal investigation into the “Partygate” which is now carried out by Sue Gray, second permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office. His boss, and head of the British Public Administration, Simon Case, had to abandon the investigations when it was revealed that one of the controversial events in 2020 had also been held in his office.
Scotland Yard has also decided to wait for the conclusions before assessing whether to open your own investigation to clarify whether both Johnson and the 30 participants in the controversial party on May 20, 2020 – all of them Downing Street workers – have committed a possible crime. Although the invitation email sent by Johnson’s personal secretary encouraged people to bring their own bottle of alcohol to enjoy the good weather, according to legal experts, it would not be so easy to prove that the rules were broken. On one side, the “premier” was technically in his own home and the attendees (with or without alcohol) were at their workplace, something that was allowed at the time.
In any case, the discontent among the Tory ranks is enormous. One of the most critical voices is that of the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, who has publicly called for the prime minister’s resignation. “[Johnson] He accepted that he acted badly, so his position as Prime Minister and leader of the party is not sustainable and he must resign”, he qualifies.
Ross is one of the deputies who has already sent a letter to the 1922 Committee – which represents deputies without portfolios – requesting a motion of confidence against the premier. 54 formal requests are needed to activate this mechanism. If Johnson lost the confidence of his ranks, a primary would be called in the formation. In her day, Theresa May managed to survive the challenge, but later ended up resigning. The Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, does not reveal how many letters he has received until they have reached the threshold. But, according to the media, there are already dozens.
For her part, the spokeswoman for Housing of the Labor Party, Lisa Nandy, pointed out that Johnson “should not trust that he will survive” this controversy and revealed that his formation has asked the Government for a list of the events at the government headquarters that ministers were able to attend. Nandy stressed that the degree of “public outrage is immense”, especially from the families of the victims of the pandemic.