Immoral – Conservative MPs are tarnished by association with PM Johnson

Roger Roberts – Lord Roberts of Llandudno – has written a letter to his MP, Robin Millar, as follows:

Dear Robin,

Like many other constituents, especially Christian church members I am deeply disappointed in this government and this prime minister. Whether this attitude is reflected in the coming elections is of little importance, so much of the moral lead necessary in a prime minister cannot be found in Mr Johnson. Your own character is tarnished by association with him. I would welcome a meeting and discussion with you.

Yours faithfully,
ROGER – Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Roger’s letter is quite brief but it raises questions about Johnson and the Conservative party to a new level. There is a question of morality about Johnson’s behaviour, but, importantly, it extends to Conservative MPs who continue to endorse him with their support.

I don’t often write to my MP these days. But I did write once to my latest MP, raising a similar moral point to that of Roger. That was in connection with Dominic Cummings “Eye test” scandal, on which I outlined my observations at length, concluding:

I am rendered breathless by the shameless audacity of the government’s position on Dominic Cummings. It is immoral.

…this state of affairs is absolutely immoral and should not be allowed to stand.

Whether it is refusing to sack Cummings for breaking the Covid-rules, failing to come clean on how his Downing Street refurbishment was financed or allowing David Cameron to run riot within his government, the word “moral”, or more accurately, “immoral” is at the centre of all this.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Helen Dudden 27th Apr '21 - 7:55am

    Paul, anyone who agrees simply to keep the peace, is not serving the purpose of protecting those who voted for them.

  • John Marriott 27th Apr '21 - 8:26am

    The trouble is, Paul, most people just don’t seem to care! Does that say more about the kind of society into which we are evolving? “You’re all the same” they often used to say to me on the doorstep. You know, I reckon most of us are, unfortunately.

  • James Fowler 27th Apr '21 - 8:41am

    ‘We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality’. The problem with working up political steam (on either side) about morality is that it is almost invariably selective.

  • Paul Walter……..There is a question of morality about Johnson’s behaviour…………

    That made me smile; there is absolutely NO question about the morality of Johnson’s behaviour…

    BTW..BBC is showing footage of Cummings’s exit from No.10…At the time I thought “Why would a man with Cumming’s ego allow himself to be photo’d like a junior clerk being sacked, carrying his effects in a big box, instead of leaving quietly by the back door?”

    Now we know why he showed the world the ‘big box’…Pandora; anyone?

  • Sadly it does say a lot about ” society” that this Prime Minister and his administration are still held in such high regard by the electorate, not many of us can say we have lead an unblemished life but the lies and double standards being enacted at the moment by those who purport to be our betters, should not be swept under the carpet yet again.

  • Roger Roberts 27th Apr '21 - 11:21am

    Written Question Lord Roberts of Llandudno
    1. What mechanism exists to ensure that all ministerial and other government statements in the House of Lords are accurate ?

  • There’s a rather worrying element in Roger Roberts’ letter, which really should be challenged.

    What would make Boris Johnson’s behaviour disappointing to constitutuents, “especially Christian church members”?

    Are non-Christians less concerned with basic ethics and morality than Christians?

    Are Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and humanists more likely to shrug aside the Prime Minister’s dbehaviour because they expect lower standards in public life, or because they have lower standards themselves?

    Or was this just clumsy and ill-considered wording?

    I ask as a non-Christian humanist, and as Chair of Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats.

  • Roger Roberts 28th Apr '21 - 9:41pm

    Can I clarify the reference to Christian electors – Robin Millar M.P. is an officer of Conservative Christians !

  • Toby Keynes 29th Apr '21 - 9:37am

    Thanks, Roger, that certain adds useful context.

    Having said that, my concern was with the word “especially”, which indicates quite inappropriately that Christian churchgoers would be more concerned than others.

    I’d welcome your confirmation that you did not intend to convey that meaning.

    This matters because too many people – including some in this party – genuinely believe that members of their particular faith or belief group have higher moral or ethical standards than people outside that group.

  • Roger Roberts 29th Apr '21 - 5:03pm

    Robin has also been Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. How can this such a consistent supporter of the present P.M. and government ?

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