Desperate allies of the prime minister even claimed that people caught speeding four times didn’t “actually endanger life” – despite the fact that they’re being banned from driving. And as former England player Gary Neville pointed out, that’s exactly what happened to him
Gaslighting allies of Boris Johnson have defended his police sentence, saying not all crimes are that serious and murder is not the same as manslaughter.
One ally even claimed someone didn’t “really put lives in danger” by being caught just over the speed limit four times – while the Prime Minister braces for three more partygate penalties.
The proposal to the i-Newspaper was ridiculed by Gary Neville, who pointed out that people fined for four times speeding within a certain period of time would be banned from driving.
The ex-England player said it happened to him, tweeting: “I can relate. Was recently caught at a speed of 35-40.
“For the first time in 30 years, I’m now over 12 points. So I’m banned. Because that is the law. And breaking the law means no excuses, no gaslighting, no lies! Speed kills and I’m so sorry!”
The Prime Minister is preparing for a tough statement before Parliament on Tuesday, in which he will apologize for being the first Prime Minister to commit an offense – but will not resign.
Opposition parties are said to have given letters to Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle demanding a vote on whether to refer the Prime Minister to the Commons Privileges Committee, which would investigate whether he had misled MPs about Partygate.
If he is found to have broken the rules, Mr Johnson could be suspended from Parliament for disregard for privilege.
Sources told the Sunday Times the statement was “very guarded” but cited the war in Ukraine as one reason why he should stay.
He admitted spending nine minutes at a birthday party in his honor in June 2020, while indoor social gatherings were banned, pubs were still closed and there was no vaccine.
The Prime Minister was also with up to five other parties being investigated by police, prompting fears he will face multiple fines in the coming weeks.
And today the Sunday Times reported that not only was he present at a lockdown to leave his former Spin Doctor, but he also led the celebrations.
The November 2020 event started with drinks in the press office to round off the week but turned into a party when Mr Johnson arrived, poured drinks for himself and attendees and gave a speech, it said.
Three months earlier, the government introduced special fines of £10,000 for people organizing unlawful gatherings of over 30 people.
Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “While the British public was making enormous sacrifices, Boris Johnson broke the law.
“If the latest reports are true, that would mean that the PM not only attended parties, but attended at least one of them.
“He deliberately misled the British people at every turn. The prime minister has reduced his position. The British people deserve better.”
But an ally told the i’s Paul Waugh: “If you’re caught doing 35mph four times, that doesn’t mean you’ve been driving at 140mph.
“That doesn’t mean you really put your life in danger because the cumulative effect of all your speeding in 30 mph zones is 140 hours per hour, does it?”
Another told the Sunday Times: “While there are people who will say that breaking the law is a black and white thing, most of us live in a world where we have been issued speeding tickets or fines for speeding.
“Ministers on both sides of the House have received penalties for all sorts of things over the decades.
“There’s a difference between murder and manslaughter and there’s a hell of a difference between a £50 fixed fine and what we’re generally outraged about breaking the law.”
Later this week he will try to step out of line with a delayed trip to India to discuss defense and trade.
He will travel to Ahmedabad, followed by New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi for talks on defence, diplomatic and economic partnership.
No10 said it would announce “major investments” in key industries in Gujarat and “push progress” in trying to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with India.
It comes amid claims that Whitehall Enforcer Sue Gray has been told by the Met she cannot release her report of lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street until all fines have been distributed.
However, No10 has previously clarified that they do not expect to release until the police investigation is complete anyway.
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