British Prime Minister Johnson defends himself in the corruption case

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to defend himself for three hours today against corruption charges. The House of Commons is angry with the Prime Minister for raising his hand over a party member accused of corruption.

UK reporter Leah van Beekhoven: “It’s about a former minister who choked on side jobs for an energy company. This guy had made just over £100,000 a year. A panel of MPs that investigated this found a thirty-day fine to suffice. I think Boris Johnson said it was an exaggeration and last week instructed his group to vote against the suspension. Most did not want it, because they thought it was right for the minister to be suspended. But they were threatened, and could forget their careers if they broke the rules. So they voted against implementing the suspension. In any case.

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The result: voters and media outraged the next day. “As a result, Prime Minister Johnson has again annulled the vote and the Member of Parliament concerned has gone out of politics,” Van Beekhoven said. Johnson thought that was the end of it, but the drain had been open ever since. And that’s what today’s debate is about: about how many side jobs she has, and about general nepotism in the British ruling party.


According to Van Beekhoven, there are enough indications that some British politicians could be corrupted. “Let me give you an example: The company that Rep. Owen Patterson works for, lobbied for 500 million won in contracts to supply medical products for the Covid crisis, many of which were not successful. According to a previous study, it was companies familiar with the conservatives that made millions from The decades before the Covid crisis.

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According to van Beekhoven, corruption in England goes further than what Sywert van Lienden did here in Holland. Everyone knows that money can buy influence in British politics. Tory treasurers, usually millionaires and CEOs of successful companies, can count on a seat in the Senate when they donate thirty million. Until the prime minister picks against money in the Senate, that’s an old custom here. Oddly enough, everyone could live with that, but suddenly it wasn’t anymore.


Prime Minister Johnson is in the spotlight today in particular. “Today it is about the accumulation of all kinds of things, of which Boris Johnson is the boss,” says van Beekhoven. No member of Parliament has to answer before the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Values ​​on often questionable financial issues. Some say the reason for last week’s vote was to blow up the entire committee. They were again investigating Johnson’s financial dealings. The Prime Minister wanted to set up a new committee and rewrite the rules, but that was no longer possible.

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Van Bechoven does not dare say for sure whether the case will have dire consequences for Johnson’s premiership. “A lot of commentators say yes, but I honestly don’t know. Johnson has been high in the polls for a long time. He could have done more or less what he wanted with the Conservative Party, because voters loved him and he won the election. It also gives the lasting impression that it’s not a political scandal. Great. He holds so much charm and optimism that it has been dismissed as a joke. Despite the coronavirus chaos and despite Brexit, Boris Johnson has remained unmoved. But not anymore, as he is falling behind in the polls. So the This corruption movement affects the voter anyway.

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