Daisy Cooper: Boris Johnson must resign #bbcqt

In a confident performance on BBC Question Time on Thursday night, Daisy Cooper tackled the question of the day. Should Boris Johnson resign?

She was forthright. The prime minister has broken the law. He has lied to parliament and the public. He must resign and the police should investigate.

The prime minister has broken the law. He has misled parliament and the public. He should resign and then face a full police investigation.

Interrupted by Fiona Bruce who said the Metropolitan Police have said they will wait until the outcome of the Sue Gray investigation, Daisey Cooper responded:

And that smacks of an appalling stitch-up between No 10 and the Met Police.

Sue Gray is a civil servant. She does not have the authority and the powers to get people to give evidence on oath. She does not have the powers to determine whether people broke the law or not. She can ask people what they think and what they remember, then she can write it up.

We know what happened the last time that happened, Boris Johnson lied to the last civil servant he appointed. He told Lord Geidt that he had no recollection of where the money had come from for doing up his flat and then he had to apologise for having forgot or mention he’d had WhatsApp exchanges with the donor.

Fiona Bruce, he said the messages were on an old phone. Daisy Cooper:

Exactly. Excuses. Excuses. People around the country were experiencing utter horror at the time. People have told me how they saw their loved ones dying alone, in hospitals and in care homes. A friend of mine had to watch her brother take his last breaths on an iPad. And now we know that at the same time, Number 10 had party after party after party. And when they go found out, they lied and they lied and they lied. Boris Johnson has to resign.


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  • nigel hunter 14th Jan '22 - 10:08am

    I understand Johnson knew Dicks at Uni in the 80s.To me this indicates that they were ‘aquainted’. Their careers progressed to today,s positions.Johnson is known for using people to get what he wants.Equally the ‘partner’ wants something in return when climbing the career ladder.Johnson gives her her ‘dameship’. Johnson will ,as it is in his nature,want something in return. Result Met drags its feet on investigating ‘partygate’
    Yes an establishment stitch-up
    As a side issue someone in his family has contracted Covid. How convenient that it happens now when he is under investigation.A ploy to avoid the frenzy that his irresponsibility has produced.Like hiding in a fridge.

  • Boris and his whole cabinet are collectively to blame. As the Secretary of State for Wales and therefore member of the government said on the same programme last night, government works by a cabinet team, so he cannot speak out against Boris. Since Boris has broken the law, that means unless the cabinet remove him, they are all complicit and should all stand down for judgment by the ruling group. If Conservative MPs stand by them, then the only ethical action would then be for the government to resign and be judged by the public in a general election.

  • Good performance by Daisy.
    My one criticism is that she never at any point said she was a LibDem. I think this is one of the main omissions our spokespeople make when on panels like this: they assume every viewer knows which party they represent. Yes I know the presenter introduced her as a LD, but lots of viewers will tune in late or will forget. So our people really should try to mention the party as they speak. What’s a shame is that Daisy actually had a great opportunity to do it last night when she was talking about mandatory vaccinations. She said individual liberty was a key principle for her – she could so easily have added, “As a Liberal Democrat….” It’s a shame she didn’t.
    But that’s my only ‘note’. It was a good confident performance and she did us proud.

  • Nigel Hunter 14th Jan '22 - 5:08pm

    As far as a stitch up is concerned I note that Sajid Javids brother Bas is deputy assistant Commissioner.He was in charge of Covid operations .Is this a conflict of interests.It equally does seem that the establishment engineers all events to others detriment.

  • Mick Taylor 14th Jan '22 - 5:11pm

    I agree with Daisy. It’s a real pity that the Lib Dems will benefit far more if BJ remains as Prime Minister, than if he quits.

  • Neil James Sandison 17th Jan '22 - 4:18pm

    Clear , forthright , and well delivered just the sort of leadership we deserve and the country needs .

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