Farage says it’s the ’beginning of the end' for Boris Johnson
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Nigel Farage hit out at Boris Johnson on Tuesday and his comments arrive amid leaked footage revealing Number 10 staff joking about holding Christmas events days after one reportedly took place during lockdown. Former UKIP leader and GB News host Nigel Farage warned Dan Wootton this week’s uproar could have major repercussions for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives.
Farage admitted Johnson isn’t likely to resign unless he receives pressure from Tory back benches to do so.
“He’s a career politician, career politicians don’t resign because they’re not in politics for principle, they’re in it to climb the greasy pole,” he explained.
However, the allegations of illegal Christmas do’s still fly in the face of Conservative policy last year and the ensuing backlash could severely impact the next election.
Wootton’s guest continued: “I say it’s the beginning of the end of Boris Johnson.”
“Why would anybody believe anything he ever says again, anything the government ever says again?”
Number 10 staff, including Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton, were shown making jokes about the party in a leaked video obtained by ITV.
Laughing with other staff, Stratton said: “This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”
Sources have also claimed parties took place to the BBC, though Downing Street has maintained no such events took place.
Johnson’s former opponent Farage clearly believed the claims, though, and suggested the lies may have dire consequences for the party.
The allegations could be especially damning considering concerns over the new omicron variant of coronavirus.
Farage continued: “If they want, through Omicron, to start bringing in new regulations, why should any of us obey a single one of them?
“That’s the point at which, the Government actually loses all credibility.”
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“The point of which we don’t just grumble about government and decisions they make but we decide on mass to disregard government is a very serious moment.”
At the time where parties were alleged to have taken place, London and the South East were under strict instructions not to hold parties or large gatherings.
Indoor meetings of two or more people in London were explicitly banned unless ‘reasonably necessary’ for work.
Despite his track record, Farage maintained the PM could finally be held responsible for the latest allegations against the Tory party.
“Boris has never fessed up to anything in his life,” he added.
“He’s always got away with it. My opinion is, he won’t get away with this.”
In its latest statement, Downing Street maintained: “There was no Christmas party. Covid rules have been followed at all times.”
Dan Wootton Tonight airs Monday-Thursday at 9pm on GB News
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