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shadow on climate peak
“The United Kingdom is not a corrupt country,” Boris Johnson said yesterday at the climate summit in Glasgow. The gravity of global warming and the focus should have been on the UK as the savior of climate envoys.
But Johnson could no longer escape the scandal that had been going on for several days in Westminster. Speaking to the international press, Johnson assured that “British MPs who break parliamentary rules will be punished.”
The furore began when conservative Owen Paterson was found breaking lobbying rules late last month. The MP worked as a consultant to a medical company that won multi-million dollar contracts with the government to supply testing materials during the pandemic. To make matters worse, Patterson used his Westminster office to do his second job. This is against parliamentary rules.
A clear case of conflict of interest, a parliamentary integrity committee ruled. Patterson has been banned for one month. But Prime Minister Johnson jumped into the abyss for his party ally. He tried to delay Patterson’s suspension and avoid resignation By amending the rules regarding side jobs. Johnson also won a vote in the House of Commons to change the rules.
In the meantime, the criticism grew. Opposition leader Keir Starmer accused Johnson of bias and allowing corruption. Johnson’s own party also expressed dissatisfaction. Conservative Kevin Hollinrek said, “It’s wrong if powerful people can make the rules for themselves.” Patterson eventually saw no other way and resigned.
But the British media did not leave it here. A week after the revelations. The Sunday Times reported that wealthy entrepreneurs who donated £3 million to the Conservative Party could be given the title of nobility and placed in the British House of Lords. The matter is now with the police.
The Guardian noted that 90 out of 360 Conservative lawmakers earn substantial extra money from a second job. And that too in front of some Labor MPs. And Prime Minister Johnson was also discredited. Because did he announce his free vacation to Spain at the luxury villa of a politician friend?
The revelations are causing huge damage to the reputation of Johnson’s conservative party. The so-called Tories have traditionally been seen as an elite party. Party of the rich who hold each other’s hands above their heads. As early as 1925, ‘buying’ the title of the nobility was prohibited by law. But, as many Britons now think, very little has changed.
side jobs not terminated
Boris Johnson is avoiding confrontation as much as possible this week. He missed the debate about side jobs for politicians. Instead, he preferred to visit a hospital in Northumberland. During the climate summit, he eventually defended his party members and promised to deal with allies who break the rules.
But he said today: Eliminating other jobs for British lawmakers is not an option at the moment.