Well, it wasn’t that bad, the report. I’ve read it and will give you the link as it’s an easy read of only 12 pages, two of which are blank. She doesn’t (can’t)  give the details but even so she’s pretty damning. Hell, yes. See the quotes below. So it doesn’t get Johnson out of the soup, although guess what the refrain is now?  Let’s wait for the police to report! And actually Sue Gray does have a fuller report, which Johnson says will be published in its entirety after the said police report comes out.

Yesterday the Commons was pretty explosive but I didn’t watch it in full – I hate that bear pit ethos of the shouting and booing, but the bits that I did see showed Tory MPs saying what a disgrace Johnson was and how they were taken for fools – amazing!

And yet he hangs on.

There is a really big time bomb waiting to explode with this police investigation. Think of it a Prime Minister under investigation by the police. And why? Here are a few quotes from the report:

“i) Against the  backdrop of the pandemic,  when  the Government was asking citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some the behaviour surrounding these gatherings is difficult to justify.

ii) At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government, but also of standards expected of  the entire British population at the time.

iii)…..There were failures of leadership  and judgement by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office. Some of the events should not have been allowed to take place.

iv) The excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time…..” 

The police will be investigating 12 of these gatherings and Sue Gray has handed over all her investigative material including digital information, documents and the data gathered from 70 interviews plus don’t forget 300 photographs. That’ll be interesting viewing.

The decent thing would be that Johnson resigns but apparently one Tory MP said that a screwdriver will be needed to prise his fingers away from No 10.

Penny Kocher, 1st February 2022

Further reading:

Investigation Into Alleged Gatherings on Government Premises During Covid Restrictions – Update 31 Jan

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16 thoughts on “An update – the Sue Gray report

  • 1st February 2022 at 10:47
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    Maybe this time….. BJ seems to be like Teflon man, maybe this time something will stick. Would quite like it to run for a while and destabilise the whole party. We need to get these greedy lying sociopaths out!

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    • 1st February 2022 at 12:51
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      Yes, I’m with you on this one Sue!

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  • 1st February 2022 at 11:02
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    Theresa May was brilliant! Keir Starmer also very good.

    Johnson and a few of his cronies trying to divert attention with Brexit/Ukraine/ vaccinations.

    And SNP Ian Blackford ejected for calling Johnson a liar -I thought anything said in the Commons was ok unless repeated outside the Commons.

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    • 1st February 2022 at 11:21
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      But as was said, Blackford ejected for calling Johnson a liar but Johnson not ejected for being a liar. Can’t make it up. Then Johnson accused Starmer of not prosecuting Saville which is an out and out lie. Hoyle should’ve demanded an apology for that slur but it was passed over. Absolute disgrace

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      • 1st February 2022 at 12:56
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        I am with you on this – it’s a total disgrace that Johnson’s lying is tolerated and never prevented by Hoyle. Once a lie to the House, just one, led to an instant resignation. Now,, it’s just constant. Awful!

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    • 1st February 2022 at 12:53
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      Yes, Theresa May was sooo good as was Starmer and as for Iain Blackford being chucked out – for telling the truth – what the actual….. !

      The lies seem to be tolerated when once it was seen as a major crime to mislead the House. It’s actually shocking to see this happening.

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  • 1st February 2022 at 11:03
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    I also read the report yesterday and was quite surprised at it’s brevity. I think you or I could have written it in an afternoon but I suppose the work behind it including 70+ interviews, was what took the time. As you say the tone is measured but essentially censorious so I think she has done a difficult job well. I was remined today that the ‘cash for questions’ investigation took 2 years…..God help us!
    I think there should be a general election before 2024 and any ‘normal’ PM would now be seeking to renew the mandate. If only I felt confident that the Tories will lose, but a greatly reduced majority would be better than nothing.

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    • 1st February 2022 at 13:01
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      I agree a greatly reduced majority would be better than nothing. I just wish Starmer could capture the imagination of the majority, but at the moment he is very much someone who is ‘against’ so many things, quite rightly so, but what is he ‘for’ – that’s the question. But he’s decent and honourable and that is what we need. because at the moment to the outside world our ‘politics’ is a source of utter amazement. We are going through some really astonishing times.

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  • 1st February 2022 at 15:38
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    One good thing to come out of this mess – BJ has had to put off his call to Putin while he deals with his domestic woes. Thank heavens – he could have made the Ukraine situation a lot worse. He may be a classical scholar but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a blundering fool.

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    • 2nd February 2022 at 08:49
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      Unfortunately the phone call is today. And I don’t hold much hope for that as all the politicos scrambling to say something about Putin’s sabre-rattling and the troops at the border seem to know nothing about history. Why do politicians never get advised by historians? I despair!

      I’m not an apologist for Putin, no way, he’s a beyond tricky b…..d but even so if you just look at Russia’s history and their history of invasion…… Why was there an Iron Curtain immediately after the war? Do people forget that a total of 24,000,000 military and civilian Russians died. Compare that to our deaths of 450,700. Russia is also surrounded by hostile troops and Ukraine to them is more or less kind of in a Russian zone rather like the US considers South America to be theirs. Yes, Putin is dangerous but the West is prodding a mangy, old bear that will bite if goaded too far.

      As for Johnson – I can’t stand seeing him playing the diplomat, I turned the telly off immediately when it came to what he was doing in the Ukraine.

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      • 2nd February 2022 at 08:53
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        I found an interesting discuss about Putin on Politico.

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  • 3rd February 2022 at 10:40
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    If you lost 20 followers over these, and previous comments, I applaud you. I’m sick of my husband saying ‘you couldn’t make it up’. Today I read that the government is saying N Ireland has the right to do what it wants as far as searching lorries, import (from EU), paperwork etc goes and so as the majority of N Irelanders voted leave maybe they can be given credit for that now. Time for PR voting, ok you get coalition government but at least you’d be spared Tory misrule.

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    • 3rd February 2022 at 12:55
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      Although we had a coalition govt. 2010 – 2014 the Tories ran rings around the LDs who were well meaning but naiive. After agreeing that there would be a referendum on the voting system as part of the coalition agreement, Cameron reneged on his promise to have a free vote and campaigned against the idea. Well, turkeys don’t vote for Christmas do they……………..!

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    • 3rd February 2022 at 13:47
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      Thanks Flora – yes what is needed is for the Lib Dems and Labour plus the Greens to form a coalition before the next election on the basis that a good PR system would be put in place and then when that’s done – go their separate ways until and unless a coalition is needed for government.

      However, that won’t happen this coming election, Labour isn’t ready for it. So if Labour loses maybe they’ll do that for the next one? I doubt if I’ll be around when that happens as Labour is always hoping for power but doing its best not to get it!!!!

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  • 16th February 2022 at 16:56
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    Thank you for your insights into Partygate, Penny.

    Perhaps I am cynical but I do think that this whole Partygate issue is a smoke screen to distract us from the other stuff they are slipping by us in Parliament while we are all upset by their shinanigans.

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