Boris Johnsons' 'masochist strategy' will not work says Swarbrick
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s public mea culpa for attending a garden party in May 2020 will not bear fruit as Britons had already made their minds up after a string of allegations. The adopted “masochist strategy” of looking remorseful and apologising in front of a microphone in the House of Commons will not sit right with people. That is the view of LBC host Tom Swarbrick who also suggested that Mr Johnson may not have apologised had he not been “caught out”.
Mr Swarbrick is of the opinion that Mr Johnson should have confessed to the wrongdoing before.
Six Tories have already submitted a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson and another 20 are reportedly on the verge of following suit to unseat the Prime Minister.
If Sir Graham, who is the chairman of the 1922 committee, receives 54 letters from Tories leadership contest will be triggered.
Talking to a fuming caller who deemed Mr Johnson’s position “untenable”, Mr Swarbrick declared that a lot had of the damage could have been avoided had he told Britain about his blunder before.
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He said: “I don’t understand how anybody thought it’s a good idea to subject the Prime Minister to what is by his standards a long interview when he’s got nothing new to say?
“There’s no new information that you can put out there.
“It’ just all back against the wall trying to defend yourself.
“Maybe they thought that the masochism strategy would work, that if he just looked really, really sorry and regretful that it might work and that people might end up feeling sorry for him. But I am not sure it worked!
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The irate caller then told the LBC presenter that he had no choice but to ditch plans to celebrate the milestone of turning half because of the Covid lockdown at that time, adding that Mr Johnson’s late apology was too little to late to appease fuming Britons.
He said: “I don’t think it has because people really are looking at the shame on you, they are not taking pity because at the end of the day he should have known better.
“Now should he be ousted? He has done a lot of good as well and people got to realise that, in some of his policies with the vaccine rollout he has done a really good job but things like this really let him down.
“At the same time he was having his parties in the garden I had to cancel my 50th birthday party because of what happened and something like this you think, it’s one rule for one and one rule for another!”
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Mr Swarbrick reiterated that being upfront about breaching lockdown rules and consequently dismissing all the garden bash attendees would have gone a long way towards placating the incensed British population.
He said: “The reason why I am not sure that the masochist strategy is going to work for Johnson here is because we’re past the point where Johnson can say sorry because he’s been caught out.
“Had he owned up first time when this stuff first came out and said ‘Listen I am so sorry, I can’t believe this took place, this is an absolute disgrace, I am sacking everyone involved in it, blablabla’ then maybe people would have some sympathy than if week after week after week more information came out he was hold before the camera to just keep repeating how sorry he was.
“But the only reason why he has had to say sorry is because he’s been caught out!”
Yesterday a seventh Tory, Christian Wakeford has submitted his letter of no confidence in the embattled Prime Minister whose future is in jeopardy less than three years after his rise to power.
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