Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on the Prime Minister to be censored

The SNP Westminster leader on Tuesday urged Conservative MPs to start shouting Mr Johnson and warned, otherwise it would show there was “one rule for them and one rule for everyone else”.

But after a sad three-hour debate, described at one point by Vice-President Dame Rosie Winterton as a “snake fight”, MPs rejected the SNP proposal by 321 votes to 214, with a majority of 107. Blackford claimed that Mr Johnson had lied repeatedly. and told a half-empty Fælled it was time for him to go.

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He said: “Month after month, scandal after scandal – the indictment is getting longer and longer, but not a single person is ever held accountable. If the public is to have any confidence in this place, then it needs to change today.

“Unless the Prime Minister has consequences – unless he is censored – he will not just think he has gotten away with the mess he has made in the last few months, he will think he can do it all over again.

“And let’s be clear – if the Prime Minister is not properly censored today, it will also be conclusive proof that the Tories really believe that there is one rule for them and one rule for everyone else.

“They may want to forget, but the public certainly does not.

“The Tories marched through the lobbies to undermine our standard parliamentary process, to tear the rulebooks to pieces, all to protect a friend of the Prime Minister who was found to have broken the rules.”

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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP pointed to Mr Johnson’s language and accused him of repeatedly deceiving the house.

He said: “On March 4, 2020, the Prime Minister said ‘we have restored the nursing scholarship’ – completely and factually untrue.

On 17 June 2020, the Prime Minister said that there were 400,000 ‘fewer families living in poverty now than there were in 2010’ – both the Office for National Statistics and the Children’s Commissioner have confirmed that this is false.

“On 7 November 2019, the Prime Minister told Northern Irish companies – personally – that the protocol would mean ‘no forms, no checks, no barriers of any kind’ – once again, clearly not true.

“It is right to be careful in relation to the language we use here in the house, but when it comes to language, it is also right to be precise and honest.

“And on the basis of all the evidence, I can only conclude that the Prime Minister has repeatedly violated the sixth principle of public life. I can only conclude that the Prime Minister has proven to be a liar. “

Blackford added: “This Prime Minister is at the center of naughtiness and corruption – he orchestrates a lot of it.”

The debate also saw the Vice-President of the House of Commons, Dame Eleanor Laing, warn MPs who took part in the debate about using “temperate” and “parliamentary” languages.

She said: “Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Ellis said Mr Blackford “chooses to launch the pantomime season in November, complete with an exaggerated characteristic of the Prime Minister, who clearly wants to disappear in a puff of smoke”.

Johnson, he added, was a “very popular prime minister in this country who returned to Parliament with a majority of 80 seats and is in the process of building back better”.

Conservative former health minister Matt Hancock said the SNP proposal was “pathetic politics”, but SNP MP Steven Bonnar condemned Mr Johnson for “institutional sleaze”.

Conservative MP Andrew Bowie said he was “angry” when Parliament discussed the proposal while “Scots are freezing in their homes, have no access to services” because of Storm Arwen.

MPs for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine said the SNP “played politics” while people in Scotland “dealt with a disaster and a crisis”.

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