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A Question of Ethics

June 7, 2022 12:45 PM
By Stephen Hardy MBE in Bexhill & Battle Observer

Dear Editor


A question of ethics.

In November 2020, Prime Minister Johnson's adviser on the

Ministerial Ethics Code, Sir Alex Allan resigned when Boris Johnson

rejected his findings that Home Secretary Priti Patel had bullied her

staff, thus breaching the Ministerial Code.

In May 2022 Lord Geidt, Johnson's current ethics chief said in his

annual report that he considered receiving a fixed penalty notice for

breaching the law constituted a breach of the Ministerial Code and

therefore was a resigning matter. Johnson rejected this saying he

did not 'consider the circumstances in which I received a fixed

penalty notice were contrary to the regulations.'

In June 2022 Johnson's anti-corruption champion in the House of

Commons, MP John Penrose resigned his own post because, as he

wrote, 'The only fair conclusion to draw from the Sue Gray report is

that you have breached a fundamental principle of the Ministerial

Code - a clear resigning matter'.

Is there a discernible thread here? How long will it take the 211

Conservative MPs who voted for Johnson to stay as Prime Minister

on Monday to realise that they have been supporting a man without

any ethical principles and no moral fibre at all?

Yours faithfully

Stephen Hardy

6 George Close

Robertsbridge

TN32 5BY