Boris Johnson’s latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson
Fréa Lockley

Jacob Rees-Mogg backed Boris Johnson as ‘the one’ to “unite” the Conservative Party. But Rees-Mogg’s backing came just days before Johnson deleted a clanger of a tweet about voting in the local elections.

“I just voted Conservative”

On 2 May, Johnson proudly declared, “I just voted Conservative in the local elections” on Twitter. But there were no local elections in his Uxbridge constituency. Johnson swiftly deleted his tweet. However, things are pretty difficult to hide on social media, and it didn’t take long for this news to travel far and wide:

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Johnson’s aides have since claimed that he actually voted “near his second home in Thame in South Oxfordshire”. But many people questioned why he deleted the tweet so fast. As a political correspondent for the Times commented:

Other people also asked why he deleted the tweet so fast:

Just days before, speaking to Sky‘s Sophy Ridge, Rees-Mogg declared:

I think [Johnson] could unite the party and win an election.

Admittedly, Rees-Mogg said this before the ‘confusion’ over Johnson’s voting. But trusting his integrity is difficult. Because Johnson’s lied too many times before. In fact, as Labour’s David Lammy noted:

He’s a liar, liar…

And Lammy has a point.

In Johnson’s regular Telegraph column, he claimed that a no-deal Brexit was “gaining in popularity” and had the most support from the British public. In April, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), forced the Telegraph to issue a correction. IPSO said Johnson’s claim amounted to “a significant inaccuracy, because it misrepresented polling information”.

And let’s not forget Johnson’s famous declaration during the EU referendum. He famously burned a £350m cheque claiming that’s how much we send to the EU every week, and promised that money would go to the NHS. According to i News, a “senior Vote Leave staffer” said this helped “to swing the referendum result”. Although debunked, in 2017 he still insisted, “once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350 million per week”.

As The Canary reported in 2018, Johnson lied three times in one speech over his comments about Turkey in the Brexit referendum campaign. The discredited ‘threat’ of Turkey joining the EU was a key argument for Brexiteers.

Before the EU referendum, Johnson also played a leading role in spreading “euromyths”. He claimed the EU threatened everything from sausages and cheese to bananas. A former Telegraph colleague said that “Johnson’s half-truths created [a] new reality.”

It doesn’t stop there. The Times fired him for lying in 1988. In 2004, he lied about an extra-marital affair and lost his position as Conservative shadow arts minister. And then there are his continued offensive racist comments.

This isn’t the first time Rees-Mogg’s shown unwavering support for Johnson. But while so many questions about Johnson’s integrity remain, the last thing anyone should be doing is proposing he could become the next PM.

Featured images via LadyGeekTV/Wikimedia and EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Wikimedia

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    1. Boris Johnson’s latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM.

      Just to inform ALL Tory M.P. + Minister we voter will Not vote for any party
      that betrays our leaving Votes of E.U.
      All you Tory party member promised us back in 2016 referendum vote and still Not delivered upon,
      AS OF YET WHY???
      “I a free voter no ties to any party in power or out of power plus pay NO fees to vote will inform ALL the parties in Govt that stand for E.U. election on the 23 May you will not be getting our votes any party members O.K.
      ////
      We showed Tory party in May local election what happen when you fail us resident plus voters in your job in Govt posts we changed the outcome of local area seats up & down the country not just in our areas we live free voter live in.
      ////
      So, we can also remove any Govt party’s form power just as fast. we wish all you members of Govt to keep your words and get us out of E.U. no string attached this includes the C**P D.U.P. PARTIES backstop rubbish
      As the D.U.P Party should be running their own country,
      N. Ireland not the U.K.
      The job of running U.K. is the Tory party is supported to be doing NOW! but failing to do now.
      Therefore, we free voter think the Tory party should be out of power now. a new G.E. should be held in NOV 2019 is what we wish now all parties in Govt NOW.

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