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Tory grandee suggests ‘shambolic’ Boris Johnson should resign to save the union

17 Jan 2022 2 minute read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces England’s second lockdown last night

Boris Johnson should resign to save the union, a Tory grandee has suggested.

Lord Dunlop, who authored a UK Government report on devolution, argued that the “shambolic” UK Prime Minister’s “authority” has been “weakened” by reports of boozy lockdown parties being held in Downing Street.

He suggested that Johnson does not have the necessary skills to work effectively with the devolved governments to make devolution work.

The intervention by Dunlop, who played a central role in the UK Government’s efforts to prevent Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum, comes after Jacob Rees-Mogg branded the Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross, “lightweight” for calling for Jonson to resign.

It also follows the Eton-educated politician being unable to name the leader of the Welsh Concervatives, Andrew RT Davies, when he was asked if he could do so by a Labour MP.

On Boris Johnson’s leadership, Dunlop told The Sunday Times: “He’s another accident waiting to happen. That’s why his position needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. Otherwise his shambolic governing style will continue to sabotage the substance of the government’s work.

“There’s no more important work than strengthening our UK Union. This week the government announced an agreement with the devolved administrations brokered by Michael Gove on important reforms to how they work together more effectively. Their success will depend on the leadership, commitment and attitude of the prime minister.

“I don’t see Boris, whose authority is so weakened, being able to provide the necessary leadership the country needs at this time. It pains me to say it, but it’s time for him to go.”


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Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 months ago

It matters little whether it’s Johnson or some other Tory politician in charge – the damage has been done and the Union is coming to an end. You can’t erase centuries of neglect and hope to keep the Union intact with a change of leader.

Grayham Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Not in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Jack Bryn
Jack Bryn
8 months ago

More and more Unionists and Loyalists appear to want Johnson to go, but people who believe in freedom and national self-determination want him to stay, so that he can self-cannibalise the beleaguered Union. A time of flux!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

You cannot save a Union that in reality doesn’t exist. The British Union is a marriage of inconvenience.

They can wrap it up in cotton candy and look through rose-tinted glasses, but when something is not worth saving allow it to die with dignity.

Last edited 8 months ago by Y Cymro
Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
8 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

The British Union is a marriage of inconvenience.

aka ‘a forced marriage’

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago
Reply to  Welsh_Siôn

Forced is an understatement. I’ve never known a marriage where the vows were:

“Do you England take by force Wales, to have and to stranglehold, from this day backwards, for better to far worse, from richer to poorer, to shove and scold , in sickness and Ill heath , only your death will we part, according to oppressive English law, this is my solem threat.

Gareth
Gareth
8 months ago

If one good thing has come from Boris Johnson being elected PM, is that it has opened the eyes of many a Indy sceptic, to the total and utter folly that is the UK Gov, when it comes to Wales. The younger generation are seeing first hand, the corrupt institution for what it is , and the utter contempt the have for anything outside of the Whitehall bubble. We can, and must, have a better future away from this, as an Independent country, where a fair and just society prevails, and Boris, may just have brought this a little closer.

Quornby
Quornby
8 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Amen.

Andrew
Andrew
8 months ago

Get Boris done.

Grayham Jones
8 months ago

The UK is finished Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Ireland 🇮🇪 must be independent from the English government stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a New Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Quornby
Quornby
8 months ago

A complicated crisis on the Ukraine border. What a time to have a blithering idiot in Downing Street.

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