Boris Johnson is 'innocent until proven guilty' says Rees-Mogg
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The Prime Minister is facing increasing talks to resign after he admitted he attended one of the many parties held in Downing Street throughout the coronavirus pandemic when the rest of the country was under strict lockdown rules, set by the Government.
In a recent leak, it was revealed his wife, Carrie Johnson, held a surprise birthday party for the Prime Minister with more than 30 guests being invited – another breach of lockdown rules.
Now in a column in the German publication, Zeit Online, journalist Nils Markwardt said Mr Johnson is unlikely to leave the political arena.
The journalist wrote: “Regardless of whether Johnson survives this scandal or has to leave soon, it would be surprising if he didn’t remain in the political arena in some form.
“Especially since after a few self-deprecating jokes about the cake, many would probably forgive him.
“Above all, however, it is to be feared that the principle embodied by Boris Johnson, this mixture of aggressive agenda and habitual timidness, will become a populist thing.
“The party ain’t over yet.”
Mr Markwardt claimed Mr Johnson has a “virtuosic relationship to the truth” much like Donald Trump.
He said Mr Johnson’s “well-calculated chaos” that surrounds him makes the British public forget he is “deeply rooted in that part of the British upper class which views other social classes primarily as service personnel”.
Several Tory MPs have rallied behind the Prime Minister to defend him from the increasing calls to resign amid the partygate scandals.
On Tuesday, Northern Ireland minister Conor Burns ridiculously claimed the Prime Minister was “ambushed” with a cake.
The MP for Bournemouth West told Channel 4 News: “It was not a premeditated, organised party.
“He was, in a sense, ambushed with a cake.
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“They came to his office with a cake, they sang happy birthday, he was there for 10 minutes.
“I don’t think most people looking at that at home would characterise that as a party.”
The Prime Minister was accused of “fat-shaming” SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, in a heated debate during the PMQs on Wednesday.
Mr Blackford said the impending National Insurance tax rise ‘hangs like guillotine while they eat cake,’ as he called on Tory MPs to oust the PM.
But Mr Johnson hit back saying: “I don’t know who’s been eating more cake.”
The jibe was met with jeers and laughter from the Tory backbenchers.
However, the British public lashed out at the Prime Minister for fat-shaming Mr Blackford, with some saying they will not vote for the Tories again.
On person tweeted: “Unacceptable behaviour. Someone, tell him that he is not in Eton now.
“I voted Conservative all my life. Time for change though.”
Another person said: “Resorting to fat-shaming are you now @BorisJohnson??
“Absolutely disgusting. I will add that to the very long list of reasons you must go.”
A third person wrote: “Boris Johnson is still lying and now also fat-shaming.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg
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