Sunak and Javid resign – is this the end for De Pfeffel?

Ernest Hemingway wrote of bankruptcies that they happened gradually, then suddenly. It seems, this evening, that this is also true of moral bankruptcy, as the Chancellor and Health Secretary have handed in their resignations.

And with backbench Conservative MPs actively calling upon the Cabinet to act, is this the moment when Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson finally meets his political maker?

It’s not before time, as senior Conservative figures are forced to confront the realisation that they have been complicit in enabling this debasement of our political culture to carry as long as it has. Frankly, how many of the current Cabinet can hold up their hands and say that they did anything to stop it?

And silence is complicity too.

One assumes that somebody will be offering the Prime Minister the metaphorical tumbler of whisky and a revolver shortly, although knowing him as we do, he’ll probably neck the whisky and shoot the messenger – anything to evade capture.

Tim Farron has summed up my thoughts in his usual pithy manner…

Ed Davey has also offered his view. He isn’t messing about…

More news and commentary as we have it…

* Mark Valladares is the Monday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.

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  • Tristan Ward 5th Jul '22 - 7:16pm

    Time for a vote of no confidence to force tory MPs to declare their position on the record.

  • Brad Barrows 5th Jul '22 - 7:20pm

    Sunak and Javid may be hoping to salvage their reputations by choosing to distance themselves from the current PM…or they could be making their moves to be in pole position to take over when the vacancy arises.

  • George Thomas 5th Jul '22 - 7:53pm

    “You have discredited our great country long enough.”

    How much of this is criticism of presentation style only? The UK hasn’t got such a reliance on foodbanks just because of Boris Johnson, the journey to that point is over more than a decade of short-sighted and sometimes plainly bad policy choices.

  • Yeovil Yokel 5th Jul '22 - 9:04pm

    Did (the) Major help show Johnson the door?

  • @ George Thomas Well said, George. As former Chair of a Foodbank, I witnessed all of that, and totally agree.

    An acknowledgment of this would be an honest step forward and restore a bit of integrity however uncomfortable that may be for some people.

  • Charles Smith 5th Jul '22 - 9:33pm

    The resignations came as Johnson was apologizing for what he said was a mistake by not realizing that former whip Chris Pincher was unsuitable for a job in government after complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.

  • Logically it would be crazy for the Tories to seek a general election in the near future but could Johnson – caring little for the fortunes of his party – go for his last hurrah by dissolving parliament? It would
    be impossible for the opposition to vote
    against it. Battle stations?

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