LibLink: Ed Davey says Tory MPs are now responsible for Johnson’s behaviour

The Guardian has a round-up of views across the political spectrum (although, not surprisingly, no loyal Tory MPs have contributed) under the headline “Boris Johnson survived the no-confidence vote. Can he cling on to power?“.

Ed Davey writes:

Tory MPs are now responsible for his behaviour

After months of defending the indefensible, Conservative MPs had a golden opportunity to finally put an end to Johnson’s sorry premiership. Instead they doubled down, narrowly choosing to put the career of a lying lawbreaker over the good of the country.

The scenes prior to yesterday’s no-confidence vote made clear that the Tories are headed for a civil war while this desperately weak prime minister attempts to cling on to office. This will mean a summer of discontent for the rest of us. For Johnson, the cost of living crisis and spiralling NHS waiting times are merely collateral. His entire focus is self-preservation. His selfishness is hurting our economy and harming families up and down the country.

In spite of the spinelessness of most Conservative MPs last night, what is clear beyond all recognition is that the people of Britain have lost confidence in Johnson. They recognise that he is not fit for office. So why can’t Conservative MPs? Liberal Democrats are fighting this Conservative government in seats across the country. The people of Tiverton and Honiton will speak for Britain in giving their verdict on Johnson in two weeks’ time – the Conservative party will have no choice but to listen.

And here is Ed in a reflective mood, but with the same message.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • David Evans 8th Jun '22 - 1:41pm

    Headline from PMQs

    Johnson tells MPs: ‘No-one can stop us delivering’

    Very true. You can’t stop what hasn’t started.

  • Tristan Ward 9th Jun '22 - 6:47am

    It’s not just the Conservative MPs who supported Jonhnson thsi week who are responsible. It’s every member of the Conservative Party who voted for him to be Prime Minister back in 2019. They knew (or ought to have known) what he was – and yet they voted for him.

  • Helen Dudden 9th Jun '22 - 9:56am

    It’s not simply winning or losing, being responsible to those who put you there.
    Unless, there is a real clean up at Westminster, politics will become more sleazy.
    Personally, I can’t understand how Johnson still remains.

  • The Conservative ‘landslide’ at the General Election was on the back of a 43% share of the votes.
    The backing of the current prime minister is 59% of those MP’s who represent the conservative vote.
    A straight multiplication would suggest that Johnson enjoys the confidence of a straight quarter of UK voters .
    That feels pretty correct. It’s no mandate.

  • This Johnson article usefully links to the Polish article above and my comment to read Queen Elizabeth’s letters written during WW2.

    In Queen Elizabeth’s letter during the war she comments on freedom means having to take responsibility, and that the voter/public/free people need good education to be well informed to make the right choices with that freedom. She praises to the hikt all those who stand up for freedom and shows how much they suffered with us. Don’t be sceptical, read “Counting One’s Blessings”.

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