what a joke. Even now when fresh blatant apologies emerge from one side of their mouth, a new set of distractions and distortions emerge from the other side.
But the damage has already been done.
The public has made up its mind.
They do not believe a word of the Prime Minister.
They know what that is.
As always with this Prime Minister those close to him find themselves doomed and the institutions they have sworn to protect are damaged.
Good ministers were forced to walk away from public service.
Chancellor’s career in flames
And the leader of the Scottish Conservatives performed pitifully.
For all those who are unfamiliar with the career of this Prime Minister.
This is not some fixable glitch in the system.
that’s the whole point.
That’s what he does.
This is who she is.
He knows he is dishonest and unable to change.
So he drags everyone else down with him.
The more people defame themselves by breaking his absurd defenses, the more people will believe that all politicians are the same.
Everyone is as bad as the other.
And that seems perfectly fine to this prime minister.
Some members of the opposition seem oblivious to the Prime Minister’s game.
Some people know what he’s doing, but are too weak to act.
But others are happily playing the role that the Prime Minister had cast for them.
This morning a minister is saying on the radio that it is tantamount to a speeding ticket.
no it’s not.
No one ever broke down in tears because they couldn’t drive faster than 20 mph outside a school.
Don’t insult the public with this nonsense.
But Mr Speaker, as it so happens the previous minister got a speeding ticket and then lied about it, ended up in jail and I know because I prosecuted him.
And last week we witnessed a strange spectacle.
One of the Prime Minister’s loyal supporters accused teachers and nurses of drinking alcohol in the staff room during the lockdown.
Opposing members can add themselves to it if they wish.
But those of us who are proud of our NHS workers, our teachers and every other key worker who found us in those dark days will never forget their contempt.
Not many people agreed with every rule written by the Prime Minister.
But they still followed them because in this country we respect others, we put good above narrow selfishness and we understand that the rules apply to all of us.
This morning, I spoke to John Robinson, a constituent of the Litchfield member I want to tell his story.
When his wife died of Covid, John and his family followed the prime minister’s rules.
He didn’t see her in the hospital, he didn’t hold her hand because she was dead.
His daughters and grandchildren drove 100 miles to the motorway, holding a letter from the funeral director in case they were questioned by police.
He had no service in the church, John’s son-in-law stayed away because he was the forbidden seventh mourner.
Doesn’t the Prime Minister realize that John would have given the world to hold his dying wife’s hand, even if it was only for nine minutes?
But he didn’t.
Because he followed the rules of the Prime Minister.
Rules that we now let the Prime Minister ignore indiscriminately, repeatedly and willfully.
After months of outrageous excuses, today’s half-hearted apology will never be enough for John Robinson.
If the prime minister had any respect for John and the millions like him who sacrificed everything to follow the rules, he would resign.
But he won’t.
Because he doesn’t respect John.
He does not respect the sacrifice of the British people.
He is a man without shame.
Members of Litchfield and watching the dodge dogs in the cabinet.
There are many decent, respectable members on the opposite benches.
Who honors John Robinson.
Who respects the British people.
They know how much damage the Prime Minister is doing.
They know that things cannot go as they are.
And they know that it is their responsibility to put an end to this shameful chapter.
Today I once again request him.
An out of touch, out of control don’t follow in PM’s slipstream.
Put your conscience first, put your country first, put John Robinson first and remove the prime minister from office.
Bring back decency, honesty and integrity in our politics.
And stop defaming everything this country stands for.