‘Every single time!’ Bryant slams Boris for ‘dismantling whole system’ at time of crisis
Boris Johnson tries to ‘dismantle the rules’ says Chris Bryant
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The Chair of the Committee on Standards in the House of Commons told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Boris Johnson’s “disregard for Parliament is pretty intense”. He suggested that the raft of scandal that has engulfed the Prime Minister’s leadership in recent weeks has shown the lengths Mr Johnson is willing to go to take apart the system in order to jump “hurdles” that lie in his way.
Mr Bryant claimed “all of this started unravelling” when Mr Johnson decided to “dismantle the rules because his friend Owen Paterson got into trouble”.
He suggested the Prime Minister did not like the lobbying rules that placed the former North Shropshire MP in the firing line so was “going to try and dismantle the whole system”.
The Labour Rhondda MP slammed how “that is what it feels like every single time” Mr Johnson faces an obstacle to his leadership.
The frustrated MP went on to take aim elsewhere, adding that under Mr Johnson’s leadership it “feels like they [the Conservatives] have politicised the Civil Service” as he tore further into the Prime Minister’s ability to run Britain.
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The Labour MP also likened Mr Johnson’s appointment of the Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate the COVID-19 rule-busting parties in Downing Street as “getting the housekeeper to investigate whether the housekeeper had had a party”.
Mr Case was allegedly present at a rule-breaking party he was tasked with investigating.
While claiming the bash was “a quiz” it was described as a “Christmas Party!” in an email invite to punters who attended.
Mr Bryant added how he was “not convinced” that the appointment of Civil Servant Sue Gray, whom he accused of being friends with “every single one of” those involved in the rule breaking bashes, was the right direction for the Government to be travelling in either.
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He said: “This is the kind of problem you have with a completely dysfunctional Downing Street!”
He suggested a “completely independent figure” should gather evidence on the possibly illegal parties before adding the Metropolitan Police should then investigate.
The Met have said they will not retrospectively investigate the now alleged eight parties in Downing Street and Westminster, arguing there is insufficient evidence.
The Rhondda MP added: “The problem is, Government needs to have moral authority, especially in a time such as this during the pandemic.”
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He added how “the whole point of ‘pandemic’ is that we are all in this together”.
But he stressed that if it feels as if some people have been breaking the strict Coronavirus rules, especially if those writing the rules, then there is a danger people simply “won’t abide by them”.
Mr Bryant noted how there are “very few checks and balances” in British politics, claiming it is “a bit winner takes it all”.
As a result, he slammed that with a majority of 79 in the House of Commons, the Conservative Party “can pretty much do what you want”.
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