Dear Dr Murrison,
In January 1977 in the High Court Lord Denning, (described by Margaret Thatcher, as probably the greatest English judges of modern times), in a ruling against the then Attorney-General, quoted Dr Thomas Fuller who wrote in 1733 “Be you ever so high, the law is above you”.
Boris Johnson made history when he became the first prime minister to have been found to have broken the law whilst in office!
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has still claimed he did not break the law, yet he has been fined by the police, for flouting lockdown regulations put in place by his own government!
To make the matter worse, Johnson then lied to the House of Commons, saying there had not been any parties. The fine is proof of those lies.
A snap YouGov poll of the 12 April – after the fines were made public – showed by 75% to 12% the public believed Johnson did knowingly lie about whether he broke lockdown rules. This view was shared by 55% of Conservative voters.
If a minister lies to Parliament then he must resign! He is known as the Right Honourable, so resigning when proven to have lied to Parliament should be a matter of personal honour.
Some have said Britain cannot change leaders with the war in Ukraine. France is actually in the process of a Presidential election at this time.
As Denning quoted “Be you ever so high, the law is above you”.
Britain cannot have a Prime Minister who acts as if he is above the law, and above Parliament. The Conservative Party’s failure to ditch Johnson will be welcomed by some opposition parties. He is seen increasingly as a growing liability, who will drag the Conservative Party down with him.
Yours most sincerely,
A P Milroy