The corruption scandal in the Tories that forced the resignation of the deputy Owen Paterson has led to a new and spectacular divestic fall from Boris Johnson's popularity, faithful to his bipolar leader. 50% of the British disapproved at this point the management of the Premier, compared to 30% that approve, according to an opinion survey for The Observer.
Keir Starmer's Labor Party has become a single point of the Conservative Party (36% to 37%). The leader of the opposition condemned Johnson's behavior in the BBC as "corrupt and depreciable", for trying to protect the deputy that was one of the greatest allies in the Brexit campaign.
Johnson's collaborators have minimized the scandal as "a storm in a cup of tea", but the Premier faces an authentic temporary in the debate scheduled for Monday in Westminster. The chairman of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, has promised that he will do everything possible "to protect the integrity of Parliament".
Johnson initially supported his "protected" Owen Paterson, although he was forced to withdraw his support from the disclosures that he had received from private companies - for Lobby and in exchange for political favors - up to three times his salary of 95,000 euros per year. Until last Friday, according to The Guardian, Paterson was charging $ 9,300 per month of the Randox company, benefited from a British government contract of 560 million euros for COVID tests.
"I am completely innocent and I have not violated the rules," said Owen Paterson, 65, at the time of resigning as a deputy and dismissing the "cruel world of politics". The Tory parliamentarian was facing at least thirty days of suspension for having infringed the regulations of the lobbies by perceiving large sums of money from private companies.
The Paterson scandal exploded just after the return of Boris Johnson (by private plane) of the Glasgow COP26 opening. Without just time to capitalize on the impulse given to the summit, Johnson was again trapped in the skein of the political skates at the hands of the most or less direct collaborators of him.
The resignation of Paterson, and the Rockolesco Paper of the Premier when it came initially in its defense, displaced the climate summit of the covers and threatens even with compromising Johnson's final impulse to the negotiations for a final agreement in Glasgow.
Within the Conservative Party itself, the critical voices against their leader will resonate. Former Premier John Major described as "shameful and wrong" the attitude of the Johnson government before a scandal "that threatens to also ruin the reputation of Parliament." Major took advantage of the occasion to qualify as "ridiculous" the repeated threats of the Government of him to leave the Protocol of Ireland just when he is trying to create an international consensus around climate.Updated Date: 07 November 2021, 14:49