IT had been nearly five years since Boris Johnson last appeared on Good Morning Britain. Since he became Prime Minister on July 24 2019, most of his Cabinet and a number of his junior ministers have appeared on GMB. Sacrificial lambs having to explain away Johnson’s latest gaffes and U-turns, squirming as they try to give credible answers to challenging questions from forthright interviewers.

It’s no wonder that bumbling Boris, the man who is ultimately responsible for every decision this UK Government makes, has given the programme a wide berth for so long.

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Predictably, it was a car-crash interview beginning with yet another lie when Johnson said he is an honest man. Johnson’s naivete is staggering if he thinks the public are going to be fooled by that howler. Johnson’s past is a matter of public record and the public know that the Johnsonian credo is that it is necessary to lie.

We know that this Tory government is completely out of touch with the British public, exemplified by the fact that when Johnson was asked by Susanna Reid how much Carer’s Allowance was, Johnson didn’t have a clue.

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Today, the British public have the opportunity to make their feelings known in council elections. It will be an opportunity to vent their frustration about the Johnson premiership, partygate, the rise in the cost of fuel, food, National Insurance, the use of food banks and the refusal to exact a windfall tax on profiteering energy companies.

Last, but not least, the public have the opportunity to pass their verdict on that sleaze-ridden, corrupt and incompetent midden that is Westminster.

Sandy Gordon

HE just can’t help lying, can he? Appalling man from an awful party.

Sandy Walker

ALMOST at the same time on Sunday that Abbi Garton-Crosbie was watching Kwasi Kwarteng assuring Sophy Ridge that “Boris Johnson will still be PM even if Tories have bad election result” because of his so-called achievements, Craig Roy was offering a much more plausible explanation to Martin Geissler – that in the absence of a written constitution the UK is currently relying on Tory party rules to replace its Prime Minister.

Unlike Pakistan, which recently changed its prime minister within three days, a change takes up to three months in the UK.

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According to Craig Roy, without a prime minister during this period of heightened tension the country would be leaderless and unable to maintain its global involvement.

If this really is the case then the Prime Minister has dispensed with government by Cabinet that traditionally makes all decisions regarding governance of the UK.

Collective Cabinet responsibility has served the UK well since the roles of ministers were reformed urgently in 1916 to ensure continuity of all government functions during critical periods. The First World War revealed that because of the departmental structure, loss of a minister – in particular the coordinating role of the prime minister – would seriously disrupt the government.

Consequently the abrupt departure of a prime minister today would have minimal effect because the Cabinet is actually a Privy Council Committee of ministers appointed by the monarch that would continue to function until a new prime minister is appointed.

Surely Boris Johnson has not nominated MPs for appointment to the Cabinet who would be unable to govern the country, even for a few weeks, if he is thrown under a bus after a disappointing election result?

John Jamieson
South Queensferry