So it was that, having thus far avoided a grilling from Andrew Neil, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson rocked up at New Broadcasting House this morning to be interviewed by the host of The Andy Marr Show™. And now that the transcript of that interview has been made available, we can see the scale of the dishonesty to which he resorted in order to bluff his way through it. There were lies. A lot of lies.
This was especially true on his attempted blame-shifting on the London Bridge attack, as he blustered “When the judges reviewed his sentence in 2012, they had no option but to comply with the law that Labour brought in 2008”. It was not Labour’s law that had to be complied with, but that which the Tories had enacted in 2012. And his sentence was reviewed not in 2012, but in 2013. This lie was then repeated. A lot.
“He was sentenced under Labour’s system that allowed him to be released automatically having served only eight years … this whole system of automatic early release, which was brought in by Labour … .because of changes to the law that were brought in by the Labour Party … that was brought in by Labour … 74 other individuals who’ve been let out early on the basis of this Labour change to the legislation”. Not true. Any of it.
But hey ho, and on to the next whopper, as Bozo asserted “Jeremy Corbyn has said he would disband MI5”. Lie. Flat-out lie. Also, Priti Patel has made a similar claim against Diane Abbott on the basis of something Ms Abbott said 32 years ago. Desperate.
On the NHS, Bozo kicked off with a recycled whopper: “We’re upgrading 20 hospitals and building 40 new ones”. Marr had to correct him. “When you say I’m putting in seed money for a business plan it’s not a hospital. Seed money for 36 business plans is not 36 new hospitals”. Nurses? Same again: “you mentioned 50,000 nurses” said Bozo. Marr reminded him “Of which 19,000 as you know are not new”.
Social care went the same way. Where, Marr asked, was the clear plan that had been promised on the steps of 10 Downing Street? “I accept that the full plan needs to be developed”. So he didn’t have a plan? “Actually I think there is an emerging national consensus about this”. There isn’t. No plan, no vision, no idea.
Child poverty? “Actually there are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010”. The Government’s own figures show it has increased by 500,000. Brexit and Northern Ireland? Marr asked “On Brexit will there be tariffs and checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland into Great Britain?” Bozo: “Absolutely not”. Absolutely not true.
Nor was his answer on the avoidance of a Brillo grilling. Marr: “Why are you avoiding being interviewed by Andrew Neil?” Bozo: “I’m perfectly happy to be interviewed by any interviewer called Andrew from the BBC”. No he isn’t. There was, though, one last whopper held back until the very end: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party … would abandon NATO”. That also has no basis in fact.
Jezza has made no secret of his opinion that NATO should have disbanded in 1990, but neither he, nor his party, have advocated abandoning it.
Boris Johnson is a habitual liar and unfit to be Prime Minister. But you knew that already.
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