BORIS Johnson avoided a debate about his behavior and role in Tory sleaze scandals when the SNP branded him a “liar” in the House of Commons.
The prime minister was a no-show for the debate, hoping to reprimand him for his behavior, and instead Johnson was replaced by a cabinet minister at Despatch Box.
The SNP issued a no-confidence motion accusing the prime minister of “frequently violating” the principle of honesty in public office, highlighting Johnson’s attempts to undermine the Commons Standards Committee under the Owen Paterson line.
It called on Johnson to have his ministerial salary reduced by £ 41,567, noting that the prime minister “regularly ignores independent advice” on issues including international law and ministerial law.
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MEPs rejected the proposal by a majority of 107.
The Prime Minister did not take part in the debate and was instead photographed at a food and beverage market that has been set up outside Downing Street.
Meanwhile, Blackford called the indictment against the Prime Minister “condemning” and noted his attempts to tear up the lobbying rules, attempts to restrict the right to judicial review and “seeks to undermine the independence of the Electoral Commission”.
The Prime Minister was photographed at a pop-up in the Downing Street market while the debate was going on
He told the chamber: “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.
“Because unless the prime minister faces consequences – unless he gets 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.
Blackford opened the SNP’s opposition day debate on Tuesday
“And let’s be very clear – if the Prime Minister is not properly censored today – it will also be conclusive proof that the Tories really believe it is one rule for them and one rule for everyone else.”
He added that the Prime Minister had “demonstrated that he was a liar” and made missed promises about nursing scholarships and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
He said: “It is right to be careful about the language we use in this House, but when it comes to language, it is also right to be precise and honest.
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“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. ”
Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Michael Ellis said the calls for a no-confidence vote were like the pantomime season that came early, complete with an “over-the-top characterization” of the Prime Minister.
Ellis added: “But the reality is that when it comes to imaginative adventures, the Scottish National Party are experts, and I dare say that neither Parliament nor the people of this country will appreciate the exaggerated achievement or acknowledge, I must say, the absurd portrayal of the Prime Minister, a hugely popular Prime Minister of this country, who returned to Parliament with a majority of 80 seats and is in the process of rebuilding better. ”
Ellis then listed the government’s agenda since taking office.
Ellis went to the Despatch box instead of the Prime Minister
Blackford intervened, saying it was clear the government was making no attempt to defend the prime minister’s behavior.
Ellis replied, “The feeling is mutual, but I defend the Prime Minister’s behavior, the Prime Minister’s behavior: it is this achievement, it is this great performance litany to which he has no answer.”
Shameful former health minister Matt Hancock also appeared in the debate, first to defend himself over PPE contracts and on another occasion to accuse the SNP of “pathetic politics”.
The Tory MP added: “Honestly, the people of Scotland deserve better and they want to see real solutions to real problems, and unfortunately it is part of a pattern, Mrs spokesman with the SNP, that they put ideological purity before the interests of the people. Scotland. ”
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Second Tory MP Andrew Bowie also avoided discussing the prime minister’s behavior and instead suggested that the SNP “play politics” in a time of crisis in Scotland, citing his Aberdeenshire voters, who have been without power for days.
As for the SNP’s plans to hold the prime minister accountable, Bowie called it a “brass neck” and criticized the party’s record in the Scottish Government.
Despite Tory’s attempts to avoid the purpose of the proposal, SNP MPs kept the focus on Johnson’s behavior.
Steven Bonnar condemned the prime minister for “institutional sleaze”, while Stewart Hosie listed a number of scandals, including the Owen Paterson series and the prorogation of parliament.
Hosie (pictured above) said: “This is a pattern of self-serving, self-seeking behavior. And an approach to governance that is, to say the least, reckless and smells of dishonesty.
“The council starts at the top. The fish rots from the head down. It’s the Prime Minister. The goat should stop with him. And the process of ending this should end today in support of this decision. ”
Anum Qaisar, Airdrie and Shotts, warned: “The Prime Minister’s action has the potential to bring shame on Parliament.
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“Scandal after scandal risks bringing this particular house into disrepute, yet there has been no independent investigation to hold those responsible to account.
“The deception and dishonesty of this old boys’ network is rooted in the government and the Lords.”
Meanwhile, Marion Fellows said she was “disappointed and angry” but not surprised by the prime minister’s behavior.
She said: “Given his penchant for saying what he thinks people will hear and change his mind and break promises when appropriate.
“I wish Scotland were not part of this union, but while we are SNP MPs like me, we must and should and should criticize the current Prime Minister for dishonorable behavior, which is poorly reflected both in Britain here and internationally.”
MPs rejected the SNP proposal by 321 votes to 214, with a majority of 107.