Boris Was Right to Sing But The Last Move in The Partygate Saga Remains A Gray Area

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson picked the most difficult moment of his presidency so far to sing a song in his office again in February when the protest against Party Gate reached its climax. “I shall live,” he sang with his newly appointed advisor, Goto Hari. The song seemed out of tune with the times at the time, but now it seems he had a good reason to sing.

Johnson appears to have escaped the Partigate party. Found guilty in the police investigation, yes. It is true that the first British Prime Minister was punished for breaking the law. A major setback for his party in the local elections held on May 5 without any doubt. But the threat to his premiership appears to be over, save for one last hitch.

That will be the publication of the report by Sudanese government official Sue Gray, due to be submitted next week. This report is expected to list the names of senior civil servants who have violated the lockdown guidelines. The prime minister is also expected to be named. But after Johnson paid a £50 fine and closed the matter, Sue Gray’s report is not expected to bite him further.

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The pessimists had read a conspiracy into this, which Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey had warned about when the police investigation was launched. This investigation “may give the impression of a conspiracy or cover-up,” he said. He said the investigation was ordered to defuse the crisis and buy time for Johnson. Two months later, the vitriol directed at him appears to have exhausted itself.

And if it was a conspiracy, it succeeded in the best traditions of yes minister – or yes prime minister. The toughest thing Sue Gray can say now is that he is not expected to bite Johnson. Meanwhile, unrest within his party’s deputies subsided. Their biggest fear was that voters’ anger against Johnson might spill over to threaten their chances of re-election.

The biggest sign of this was the May 5 local council elections. The setback for the Conservatives was significant, but it was not the move that a wave of threat of anger against Johnson would have provoked. Some MPs who had called on Johnson to step down, always well short of the 53 members required for a vote of no-confidence, withdrew their resignations.

It helped immensely that Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer was trapped with his own “Birgit”. Allegations surfaced in the popular media, as a result of undoubtedly wise Conservative digs, that he attended a party during lockdown where beer and Indian foods were served. The Labor leader is still facing an investigation.

Amid uncertainty and widespread defeat in local elections, the Conservatives had already managed to win by majority to control Harrow Council, a clear indication that they could, if they tried hard enough, to neutralize any electorate anger. on the partyget.

So Gray

The final step in the saga will come about the names of Sue Gray, and what you choose to say about them, most notably the Prime Minister of course. Police issued 126 fines to 83 individuals, without naming anyone. It is advantageous again to Johnson, that no second fine has been imposed on him.

Gray sent notifications to a number of individuals she intends to name, to respond with any objection to this by 5 p.m. Sunday. Boris Johnson said it’s “completely up to Sue Gray” who calls her. Publication of this report may be delayed if anyone you wish to mention requests legal protection against such a move.

The crucial question in that report will be Gray’s determination of whether Boris Johnson went to parties – which Downing Street calls “gatherings” – knowing that these were parties, and that he was breaking the law. Johnson offered the defense earlier that he did not know he was breaking the law.

An interim report prepared by Gray earlier found “failures in leadership and governance”. She said some events “should not have been allowed to happen”. Whether it should be stopped by Boris Johnson or by Downing Street officials will determine how sharply her finger will be in pointing the finger at the prime minister. Either way, Johnson doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.

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