Boris Johnson is right, it’s not a party – it’s a bunch of crooks

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Boris Johnson’s response to the party-gate scandal is simple: ‘Party? What party?’

And he’s right. There is no party. There is only a bunch of crooks.

Dan Cody, No Majesty Lead Editor


Seven Tory politicians helped firms access a VIP lane for PPE contracts.

In total, we know that the government has presided over a cover up of £3.5 billion of Tory-linked Covid contracts.

But no formal investigation has yet taken place, meaning this is most likely the tip of the iceberg.

Boris Johnson sits next to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits next to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel during a session about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, in London, Britain September 6, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

But this lack of curiosity is hardly surprising from a prime minister who has been consistently anti-lockdown, ignored scientific advice and originally failed to take Covid seriously at all.

But cash for the Tories doesn’t just buy you access. It also buys you power.

All 16 of the Conservative party’s main treasurers – apart from the most recent, who stood down two months ago having donated £3.8m – have been offered a seat in the House of Lords.

Most of us were too busy to read these headlines. We were too busy worrying about our jobs, many of which were lost to a pandemic which stifled growth across the country. Or, tragically, dealing with the loss of loved ones, often without being able to see them face to face in their final moments.

We lived milestones moments of our lives remotely, occupied with more anxiety than joy.

Meanwhile, government ministers and our own prime minister held parties, drank and danced the night away. A government which has nothing short of contempt for those it governs.

In a time when the hands of power are unable to waver from lies, and the mouths cannot tell the truth, surely it must be time for a change?

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Daniel Cody

Daniel Cody is SEO Editor at the New Statesman, and the creator of No Majesty. He is the host of the podcast Britain on the Rocks.