Boris Johnson partygate probe slammed as ‘irrelevant’ by public
GB News: Public asked if they are bothered by ‘cake gate’
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Voters have had their say on the House of Commons’ Privileges Committee investigation into whether former PM Boris Johnson misled parliament when denying lockdown parties in 10 Downing Street. GB News took to the street for Jacob Rees-Mogg’s show, and the public didn’t sound too impressed over the Westminster soap opera.
One woman told the camera “I think it’s silly that it’s still going on and I think we should just move on.”
“I think people are just stressing over small things when I think a lot of people were partying, maybe there were some but I think a lot of people were trying to just make the most of their life.
“I don’t see anything wrong with having a cake in the office and I think it’s stupid.
“I think people just want to blame the government for things, and they’re seeing this as an opportunity to blame the government when really they should just move on.”
A man told Mr Rees-Mogg’s “Vox populi, vox dei” segment he used to think the issue was worth investigating but he’s since changed his mind.
“It’s too long ago now to even bother about.”
A second woman lambasted Mrs Harman’s investigation, calling the probe “irrelevant”.
“It’s irrelevant with all the other things that are going on in the country, in the world. It’s irrelevant! Let’s move on.”
A fourth member of the public said it was important to “find out the truth about things, especially within politics.”
She added, “even though it might be trivial to some people it is important when it is people in power”.
The four members of the public had their say after an excoriating monologue from Boris’s former top Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said the investigation into his former boss is leading to the “Americanisation of our political system”.
He told GB News viewers, “I am worried about the Americanisation of our political system; in America as soon as a politician upsets any interest group there is legal action, there are impeachments… which assumes people don’t act in good faith and undermines trust, poisons the well of politics”.
“The truth is most politicians of either persuasion act in good faith, even if they then make mistakes.
“This is not a legal question, it is a political question. The privileges committee is not even a proper legal set-up, it has a gossamer of constitutional propriety thrown over it, but it is in fact a political committee against Boris Johnson who had a mandate.”
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Mr Rees-Mogg also noted the 20-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, by the then-Blair government in which Harriet Harman served as Solicitor General.
He alleged that “dodgy dossiers, bad information, fake news” was produced to justify the invasion, and noted that Mr Blair was never subject to a Commons investigation of the sort investigating Boris Johnson.
He said the Blair government “used information that was inaccurate to put its case across. It even had to get its legal advice updated to ensure it had the legal basis for doing it.”
“It’s worth bearing in mind that the second most senior legal advisor to the Government at that time was the then-solicitor general Harriet Harman, who now low and behold presides over the Privileges Committee which is looking into something completely different.
Mr Rees-Mogg said Boris Johnson’s defence dossier, submitted to the committee this lunchtime, includes “lots of information in it about what people thought at the time – which is what matters – because ministers talk to parliament in good faith, they say what they know at the time and what they are briefed about”.
Despite submitting his defence to the Committee this lunchtime, Mrs Harman has yet to publish it, leading to allegations from Boris loyalists that it’s a “stitch-up”, and her committee is buying “more time to move the goalposts again to get the result they’re after”.
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