By Isabel Ringrose
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Boris Johnson remains, but his crisis deepens

Tory calls for Johnson to resign are increasing yet he manages to hang on
Issue 2791
Boris Johnson uses machinery watched by young workers who are laughing at him

Boris Johnson tried to discover what a worker does this week (Pic: Number 10 on Flickr)

Boris Johnson is clinging onto power as more formerly loyal Tories call for him to go. But whether he can make it out of this crisis is still unclear.

What is clear is that Johnson should be booted out—­immediately. And not just for his parties, but his government’s attacks on ­working class people and the bigotry he spreads.

The number of letters of no ­confidence in Johnson is reportedly not far off the 54 needed to trigger a vote, with as many as 45 being handed in.

Tory party rules mean that a majority of MPs would have to vote against Johnson to spark a ­leadership contest. If he survives, Johnson is protected from facing another vote for a year.

But the number of Tory MPs who have called for Johnson to quit keeps piling up. One of his most loyal ­backbench ­supporters, Sir Charles Walker said it was now “inevitable” Tory MPs would remove him.

Former communications ­director Jack Doyle, chief of staff Dan Rosenfield and principal private secretary Martin Reynolds quit last Thursday. Reynolds had invited over 100 Downing Street staffers to a bring your own booze lockdown party in May 2020.

Johnson tried to paint their ­resignations as a sign that things were changing at Downing Street in response to the partygate scandal.  

But policy chief and long-standing Johnson ally Munira Mirza resigned that same day. 

She claimed it was over Johnson’s “scurrilous” remarks that Keir Starmer had failed to prosecute child abuser Jimmy Savile when he was director of public prosecutions.

The next day special advisor Elena Narozanski resigned.

Meanwhile Tory cabinet ministers are slowly distancing themselves from Johnson’s leadership.

The Gray report—carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray—included evidence from more than 70 witnesses into lockdown-­breaking parties.

At least three of the events were attended by Johnson, including a “bring your own booze” gathering, a birthday celebration and a leaving do. With the Met police ­launching its sudden investigation into 12 of the 16 parties, the full details of Gray’s report remain—for Johnson—­helpfully hidden.

Only an “update” was released, taking aim at “failures of leadership and judgment”.

Johnson has said he was “sorry for the things we simply did not get right, and sorry for the way this matter has been handled”.

He still insists he has not broken any Covid rules or misled parliament.

Simply waiting for the Gray report to be the nail in Johnson’s coffin proved to be a waste of time.   

Yet the union leaders, taking their cue from the Labour Party, sit on their hands. 

It’s up to everyone to build a bigger fightback against the Tories and the cost of living crisis—and support all the strikes, protests and struggles that are taking place. 


The blame lies with Boris Johnson

Carrie Johnson, wife of Boris Johnson, is under attack with claims that she is influencing bad policies.  

She has been accused of being behind the decision to allow the evacuation of animals from Afghan capital Kabul last August, while people were left behind.

Deputy Tory chairman Lord Michael Ashcroft’s book, First Lady, claims she is the real problem.

It says she’s steering Johnson’s rule and skewing his judgement. And it says he would not be in this deep crisis were it not for his wife. 

The book “suggests his wife’s behaviour is preventing him from leading ­Britain as effectively as the voters deserve”.

This attack seeks to blame a woman for her partners’ failings. 

But it is Boris Johnson who is responsible for the crisis he is in and the decisions he makes.

And regardless of who his wife is, Johnson was a bigoted, racist, Tory liar well before they met.


Protest at the cost of living crisis

Protests are set for this Saturday 12 February across Britain around the slogan “Cost of living crisis, we can’t pay”. Initiated by a range of groups, they are all supported by the People’s Assembly.

Mass turnout at these protests will show the level of anger of the cost of living crisis, and show the Tories there is resistance to their rule.

Bangor, 12 noon, The Town Clock

Birmingham, 12 noon, Waterstones, Bullring

Brighton, 1pm, The Level

Bristol, 1pm, College Green,

Coventry, 1pm, Broadgate

Eastbourne. 1pm, Bankers Corner, 65 Terminus Road

Edinburgh, 1pm, UK Government HQ in Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth House, 1 Sibbald Walk, Edinburgh EH8

Glasgow, 1pm, George Square

Lancaster, 1pm, Market Square

Liverpool, 12 noon, St Luke’s Church

London, 1pm, Parliament Square

Manchester, 1pm, Wellington Statue, Piccadilly Gardens

Milton Keynes, 1pm, Outside Marks and Spencer

Newcastle, 1pm, Grey’s Monument

North Herts (Hitchin), 10:30am, Windmill Hill

Nottingham, 1pm, Brian Clough Statue, Market Square

Peterborough, 1pm, Cathedral Square

Sheffield, 12 noon, Town Hall

Southampton, 1pm, Guildhall

Stoke, 1pm, Hanley Bus Station, Lidice Way.

…and one next Saturday, 19 February

Cardiff, 2pm, Central Square Wood St 

To find your protest go to thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

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