In one tweet, Zarah Sultana nails the real issue with Boris Johnson’s outrageous lockdown comment

boris johnson
Support us and go ad-free

Boris Johnson has caused outrage over an allegation he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than go into a third lockdown.

No.10 said the report was untrue, with defence secretary Ben Wallace denying the allegations had merit. Meanwhile, ITV‘s Robert Peston claims that there are now three sources who confirm the allegations.

But while many people were arguing over who said what, it was Labour MP Zarah Sultana who got to the heart of the issue:

Scientists have said imposing lockdowns earlier could have saved thousands of lives. Instead, more than 120,000 people have died .

As a result, many have called for an inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, an inquiry that will not be held for months.

The allegation only adds to a slew or recent accusations of corruption and sleaze aimed at Boris Johnson’s government.

Thousands on refurbishment

The prime minister is also dealing with accusations he received money from a donor to refurbish his flat.

Johnson and fiancée Carrie Symonds live in Number 11 Downing Street, which they have recently invested in refurbishing. Prime ministers receive an annual allowance of £30,000 to maintain their home in Downing Street, but many allegations put the amount spent by Johnson much higher.

Liz Truss, international trade secretary, said any money spent over £30,000 came from the prime minister’s own pocket. However, some reports suggest the money originally came from another source. The Daily Mail obtained an email from Conservative peer lord Brownlow in which he offered to donate £58,000 to the ‘Downing Street Trust’ – a trust that has never been formed.

On 23 April, former adviser Dominic Cummings alleged in a blog post that Johnson intended to get donors to “secretly pay” for the refurbishment, calling the plan “unethical” and “possibly illegal”.

Labour has since called for an inquiry into the allegations.


Already under fire

These new allegations only add to the scrutiny the prime minister is facing over leaked text messages between him and James Dyson.

After Dyson received no assurance from the Treasury that his employees would not pay extra tax, he took the matter directly to Johnson.

The leak is just the latest in a long line of allegations of corruption and ‘Tory sleaze’, with the SNP’s Ian Blackford asking how many coronavirus (Covid-19) contracts the prime minister personally fixed.

With the combination of the allegations against him, the prime minister ought to be feeling the pressure. But after over a year of dishonesty in parliament, contract scandals, and a mishandled pandemic, it’s hard to know whether these new allegations will make a difference to Johnson’s position.

Moreover, these latest allegations only confirm what we knew all along – that this is a corrupt, sleaze-ridden government that cares more about how much money their mates can make than the lives of ordinary people.

Featured image via YouTube/The Telegraph

Support us and go ad-free

We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support

The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.

The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.

So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.

Support us