“In the name of God go”: Tory anger builds as Boris Johnson fights back
The front pages continue to focus on yesterday’s events in the Commons.
“In the name of God, go,” David Davis appealed to the prime minister, according to the Metro, the Daily Mirror, the Guardian, and the online-only Independent.
The Daily Express put it differently, writing, “In the name of party unity, back PM!”
The Daily Mail assumes a similar strategy, asking “a narcissistic mob of Tory MPs” to concentrate on growing inflation and the Russian build-up on the Ukrainian border instead. Their main headline read “Grow up, in the name of God!”
Other tabloids seemed to be taking a much less confrontational approach
The Sun made use of the “pork pie plot”, printing a “pork pie-outline” to represent the issues it assumes are as of now helping and hindering Johnson.
Whereas The Daily Star made use of a picture of an elastic duck outside Downing Street to consider Mr Johnson a “lame duck prime minister”.
- The Daily Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson’s spokesperson has said they won’t quit should a no-confidence vote is initiated, which Mr Davis tells the paper could prompt “an extended period of distress” for the Conservatives.
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The Financial Times
focused on the defection of Christian Wakeford to the Labour party has bought Johnson some time, while the I-paper claims Labour is in talks with other Tory backbenchers who are thinking about joining the party.
- The Times says plotters have pulled back, yet figures inside the government are developing progressively worried that the reports of parties held during lockdown will be more harmful than anticipated.
- Also, the Guardian says the issuance of Sue Gray’s report could trigger one more wave of no-confidence letters, with an anonymous source telling the paper Mr Johnson didn’t have “unconditional authority” to proceed in Downing Street.
There are also some stories on the easing of England’s COVID restrictions.
The Independent reports that NHS chiefs think the health sector is still in danger, quoting Matthew Taylor, the NHS Confederation’s chief executive, as saying: “Covid-19 has not magically disappeared.”
According to the Times, teaching unions are outraged that secondary school students will no longer be required to wear masks in class, accusing the government of failing to uphold its responsibility.
“It would be a scandal if the move was prompted not by science, but by the PM’s need to win round Tory MPs,” says the leader of the Mirror, accusing the prime minister of using the easing of restrictions to cover the party scandal.
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