Are you going to resign, Prime Minister?
“In recent days, a number of members of Parliament have faced pressures and intimidation from members of the Government because of their declared, or assumed, desire for a vote of confidence in the party leadership of the Prime Minister. It is of course the duty of the Government whips’ office to secure the Government’s business in the House of Commons. However”. It’s a significantly-sized however.
Behind the hot water pipes, third washroom along, Victoria Station
“It is not their function to breach the ministerial code, in threatening to withdraw investments from members of Parliaments’ constituencies which are funded from the public purse. Additionally, reports to me and others, of members of staff at Number 10 Downing Street, special advisors, Government ministers and others encouraging the publication of stories in the press seeking to embarrass those who they suspect of lacking confidence in the Prime Minister is, similarly, unacceptable”. There was yet more.
“The intimidation of a member of Parliament is a serious matter. Moreover, the reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail. As such, it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. And they’re also welcome to contact me”.
As if that were not bad enough for those fully invested in The Adoration Of The Boris, it soon got worse: ITV political editor Robert Peston revealed “I understand Sue Gray has found the email from a senior official to PM’s principle private secretary Martin Reynolds warning him the 20 May party should not go ahead, as per Cummings’s revelation and my blog below … So huge question now for Gray to determine how PM could have thought this party was a legitimate work event as per his narrative”. Huge indeed.
Add to that the widely shared reports that those who wavered when Bozo and the member for times long past Jacob Rees Mogg tried to change the rules to save Owen Paterson were threatened in a similar manner to that described by Wragg, and you have the makings of premeditated and seriously unparliamentary behaviour. And it gets worse still.
Ben Kentish of LBC recalled “I was told by Tory MPs, at the height of the Rashford row, that members of the govt were threatening to withhold money from schools in their (deprived) constituencies if they voted to extend free school meals. These practices aren’t new but Will Wragg has shone a light on them”. So was this just normal arm-twisting?
The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog thought it was, although they are Bozo boosters first, last and forever. In between smears of Christian Wakeford, the Tory MP who defected to Labour yesterday, they sneered “Wragg needs to put his big boy pants on”. But one former head of the PM’s policy unit disagreed.
Camilla Cavendish, who served under Young Dave, observed “[Will Wragg] allegations unprecedented - whips often strong arm MPs but if they have really threatened to withdraw money, that’s mafia territory”. Time for Bozo to be given a leaving offer he can’t refuse.
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