This week, Boris Johnson tendered his resignation in the same way he conducted himself throughout his time in office: without a hint of humility and without so much as an apology for his conduct. After months of scandals and cover ups, he announced will be leaving office in Autumn and not before time.
But Johnson’s premiership has shown the true face of the Conservative Party, with Tory Ministers and MPs overwhelmingly prepared to tolerate his corruption until they realised quite how unpopular this was with the public. I don’t envy his replacement, who will surely have to explain why they chose to back him in the face of Downing Street’s lockdown parties, ripping up rules and standards to try and secure his position, turning a blind eye to abuse, and the rampant culture of abuse, deception and corruption which has characterised this Government so far.
Of course, this all comes at the worst possible time. With energy bills rising to almost £3,000 this Autumn, people can’t afford to sit around waiting whilst the Tories fight like rats in a sack for the top job. If they can’t govern because they’re in total disarray, then they must stand down and make way for those who can.
During the last two years, British billionaires increased their wealth by £220 million a day. On current progress, 1.3 million people living in the UK are set to fall into absolute poverty next year. That’s a legacy no Tory leader is going to reverse because the billionaires are the people who bankroll them. Labour will move a motion of no-confidence in the Government next week; not just because we need an end to Johnson’s premiership but because we need an end to twelve years of Tory devastation.