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?
6 George Close