PM ‘brings shame to the country’ says radio caller
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An enraged caller from Canary Wharf launched a bitter attack on Boris Johnson as he beseeched the Prime Minister to “resign” after undermining the country on too many occasions. Caller Simon described Mr Johnson as a time bomb for Britain, arguing he turned the UK into a global laughing stock because of his actions. In a passionate rant against the Conservative Party leader, the lifelong Conservative supporter vowed to never vote for the party again because of Mr Johnson.
Simon told LBC presenter Nick Ferrari that Mr Johnson’s resignation is long overdue as he is too unreliable and incautious to lead a country.
He said: “Boris rarely does the decent thing, honestly he should resign.
“He should have resigned before now.
“You can’t trust a word he says and you know he’s just bringing shame and embarrassment upon the country, I just don’t know where to start.
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It is understood that over one third of the minimum amount of no-confidence letters required to trigger a leadership contest have been turned in to the head of the 1922 Committee.
The Tory MPs who have publicly revealed that their confidence in Mr Johnson has irreversibly waned include Sir Gary Streeter, Anthony Magnall, Tobias Ellwood, Peter Aldous, Andrew Bridgen, Douglas Ross, and Sir Roger Gale while the others opted to stay anonymous.
And if on one hand several Tory MPs decided to desert Mr Johnson things do not look much better from a constituency’s perspective as Simon has chosen to abandon what he perceived as a sinking ship to cross the parliamentary divide and join Labour because of Sir Keir Starmer.
He said: “I am a natural Conservative.
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Simon stressed that Sir Keir has qualities his opposite number Mr Johnson does not possess such as “honesty”.
He said: “I’ve voted Conservative all my life, I am in my fifties now.
“But up to the last election, I just can’t bring myself to do it anymore.
“And the choice now between someone like Boris and someone like Keir Starmer who is clearly an honest upstanding guy I am turned to Labour now.”
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And when asked by Mr Ferrari if there is anyone who could persuade him to carry on voting Conservative such as Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss, he replied he has already made his mind up and there is no way back.
He said: “There really isn’t [someone who could persuade me to keep supporting the party].”
“I mean you think back and compare the current Cabinet we’ve had in the past like Maggie [Margaret Thatcher] these were people of stature and statesmen …”
Penny Mordaunt, who is the trade minister and a former defence secretary, is being tipped as a potential rival to big-name contenders for the job.
But Ms Mordaunt wanted assurances about the “competency and integrity” of people in Downing Street if she were ever to consider becoming the third woman in Britain’s history to hold office after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
She said: “Like you, I am shocked at the stupidity of what has taken place against a backdrop of sacrifice and discipline from the country.
“As well as the issues Gray is looking at, I want to be assured of proper oversight, competence, and integrity in how Downing Street is operating.
“It is critical to a functioning government and the trust of the public.”
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