ER Editor: For reaction on Twitter, we recommend checking out PartyGate, #DowningStreetParties, and #PartyGate. It seems that several convivial, boozy parties were being held way back by Johnson’s crew when the country was put in lockdown. Somebody has been sitting on these videos strategically for quite some time… Thanks to Peter Brookes of the Times for his cartoon, which deserves republishing here in full.
As a reminder, the UK Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee is a powerful group of backbenchers, who have already been appealed to by Elizabeth Hart (see link below). Johnson has these to contend with ultimately. They got rid of Thatcher back in the day. See The Covid Response is the Biggest Crime in History – A Call on the 1922 Committee for Justice. In this regard, holding parties while the country was on lockdown may be the least of Johnson’s worries. Of note:
Elizabeth Hart self describes as an “independent person investigating the over-use of vaccine products and conflicts of interest in vaccination policy.”
“I am challenging the increasing number of questionable vaccines and repeat vaccinations being foisted upon children, adults and animals by the burgeoning and unfettered vaccine industry. There’s a ‘big picture’ on lucrative over-vaccination which needs to be examined,” she says.
In a message reposted by Robin Monotti, Hart said:
“The Covid-19 response has been a disaster, with enormous amounts of money and resources squandered on highly questionable PCR tests, ‘leaky vaccines’, masks, electronic surveillance etc; along with the massive economic and social costs of lockdowns and restrictions.
“It’s now time to investigate how this happened and seek accountability.
In this regard, please see below my email to Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, UK Conservative Party.”
The 1922 Committee, also known as “the 22”, is a committee of all backbench Conservative MPs. It is an influential group who can call a vote of no confidence if 15% of the parliamentary party write a letter calling for the vote. At the end of November 2021 letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson were submitted and in mid-December Tory MPs were told they can email letters of no confidence over Christmas.
The subject line of Hart’s email dated 29 December 2021 reads “The treacherous Covid-19 response – calling on the 1922 Committee for justice” and begins, “Dear Graham Brady, re the ongoing Covid debacle…
“I think we need a very close look at what was happening in March/April 2020 in the UK, when there seemed to be a very strong desire to beat up the ‘cases’ and deaths attributed to Covid-19 to justify a ‘vaccine solution’ at all costs.”
Johnson’s plan to dodge resignation uncovered by media
UK PM reportedly deciding which heads ‘should roll’ for him to survive lockdown parties scandal in a scheme dubbed ‘Operation Save Big Dog’
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working on a plan to help him survive as head of government following a probe into parties his office allegedly held in breach of Covid-19 rules, The Independent has reported.
The prime minister, who is reportedly personally involved in drawing up the plan, dubbed it “Operation Save Big Dog,” the paper reported on Friday. The scheme allegedly involves a major “root and branch” government reshuffle, which was already flagged by other British media but also includes a list of other officials that should resign over what has since become known as ‘Partygate’.
The list allegedly includes Dan Rosenfield, Johnson’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, his private secretary, among others. Downing Street also supposedly believes at least one senior political appointee and a senior official will have to go for Johnson himself to stay in power, according to two Whitehall sources cited by The Independent.
Such personnel decisions would be a “bare minimum to translate contrition into action,” a former Tory cabinet minister told the paper. Letting heads roll is not the only way for Johnson to mitigate the fallout from an internal inquiry launched by senior civil servant Sue Gray in the wake of the scandal, however.
The ‘Save Big Dog’ plan would also see ministers supporting Johnson with public interviews praising his achievements and “difficult choices” made during the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme also includes discovering how much support Johnson’s potential rivals within the Tories could command among the backbenchers.
The list of leadership rivals includes Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and even former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, The Independent reports, adding, however, that Hunt is unlikely to drum up enough support to win the race.
Although the paper reported that cabinet officials referred to the scheme by its ‘Operation Save Big Dog’ code name, Downing Street did not comment on the existence of the plan. “We absolutely do not recognize this phrase,” a spokesperson told The Independent.
The news emerges amid a scandal prompted by media reports about Johnson’s office holding a number of parties in April 2021. Held in breach of the nation’s Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the parties also occurred just one night before the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.
Downing Street issued an apology to Buckingham Palace but it is unclear if it admitted that the gatherings were in breach of Covid-19 rules. An internal inquiry was launched into a number of the alleged parties. Police said they would wait for the internal inquiry results before deciding if they should open a criminal case as well.
Featured image: FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson. © AP / PA / House Of Commons. Credit to Peter Brookes of The Times above.
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This is just another perspective on the matter: 1 What is the reason for a resignation, partying as it contravenes the lockdown or setting up lockdown in the first place or partying as an indication that the virus was harmless and all party goers were aware of this?
2 It is not only the head of goverment who should resign but the entire Cabinet, even HM Opposition who clamoured for an even longer and harder lockdown and opposed lenience that allowed England to celebreate New Year’s Eve.
3 The 1922 Committee is made up of Conservative MPs who do not have a senior (Cabinet) or junior position in Government. The total of government positions is over 100. Due to the electoral system (first past the post rather than proportional representation), backbenchers may loose their seats, especially in marginal constituencies where the difference between the two most successful parties is small. In theory, this guarantees that some MPs listen to their voters and are more independent of their party.