|Boris relaxing quietly at home|
It is quite simple. The Prime Minister has broken a law that he introduced. It was not a minor little infraction, it was brought in to safeguard the health of the nation. What could be more important?
It is now beyond doubt that Boris Johnson and his staff flouted this on numerous occasions. His Chancellor also took part in the merry making. I lost an aunty and a cousin to the pandemic. I couldn't attend my aunt's funeral and we couldn't hold a proper wake for my cousin. Yet Boris and Rishi partied away. What sort of example have they set? What message have they sent? The fine is meaningless to the pair of them, they are rich men.
The Conservative party needs to take a long hard look at itself. If they allow these two to continue in their jobs, then they have sent a clear message that the law simply doesn't matter. Once that message is sent, we've opened the door to anarchy and mob(ster) rule. You may think "well, he isn't too keen on the Conservative Party so he would say that", but perhaps the most iconic post war Conservative Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher would have strongly agreed with me. Heaven only knows what she'd have made of it all.
A timely reminder! pic.twitter.com/2wPQPt0B0j— Lucy Brazier OBE (@lucybrazier) April 13, 2022
The repercussions of that are enormous. I don't want to live in a country where the rule of law is ignored. If we've given up on the concept of the rule of law, the UK is finished. If the rules can be flouted by those rich enough to pay fines with impunity, we are no better than despotic, tin pot regimes, where there is one law for the ruling class and another for everyone else. A Prime Minister should set an example. Sadly the one he's set is appalling. Not only did he break the law, he leid to Parliament about it. If you think breaking the law doesn't matter, don't complain when someone steals your car or punches you in the face. When we start saying "this law doesn't matter" then we are on a rocky road.
Some may argue that there is a case for disobeying demonstrably unjust laws. But if the covid laws were unjust, why did Boris Johnson, as Prime Minister pass them? I was under the impression they were passed to save us from a deadly virus. That is why we, as a nation bought into them. I have no regrets for observing the laws, but I simply cannot imagine anyone being so sensible should a new variant require another lockdown, which I pray to the good Lord doesn't happen.