‘The gig is over’ – top Tory calls on Boris Johnson to quit
Former Tory cabinet minister Steve Baker told MPs Boris Johnson should step down, saying the ‘gig is over’. He said he had been tempted to ‘forgive’ the Prime Minister for breaking Covid lockdown rules, but admitted that possibility for him was now ‘gone’. ”.
Mr Baker said the problem he had with Boris Johnson, ‘having watched what I would say is contrition, beautiful and wonderful contrition’ is that it ‘only lasted as long as it took to get out of the principal’s office”.
He said, “And that’s not good enough for me, and it’s not good enough for my constituents. I’m sorry, that’s not the case. And I’m afraid I’m now in a position where I have to recognize that if the Prime Minister was in another senior position, if he was secretary of state, if he was minister of state, deputy parliamentary secretary, permanent secretary, general manager, if he was the general manager of a private company or a director on a board of directors, he would be long gone.
“The reason he hasn’t been gone for long is that the impeachment of a sitting prime minister is an extremely serious matter, and God knows people will know that, I had something to do with it too. .
“This is an extremely serious matter and an extremely important decision and it tends to loosen history and all of us, we should all approach such things with respect and admiration and an awareness of the difficulty of doing so and the potential consequences and that is why I was tempted to forgive.
“But I have to say now that the possibility of that happening, really, for me, is gone. I have to say I’m sorry, that for not having obeyed the letter and the spirit – and I think we heard that the Prime Minister knew what the letter was – the Prime Minister should now be gone since a long time. I will certainly vote for this motion. But really, the Prime Minister should just know the concert is over.
MPs will today decide whether a Commons committee should look into allegations that Mr Johnson misled the House with his repeated denials about Downing Street parties during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister will miss the House of Commons vote on a Labor-led motion calling for the Privileges Committee inquiry because he is on an official visit to India. When asked on the first day of his trade mission to India whether he had knowingly or unknowingly misled Parliament, Mr Johnson replied: ‘Of course not.