Boris Johnson boasts “not even a flesh wound” when compared to Monty Python’s Black Knight

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford compared Boris Johnson to the character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, who claims his fatal wounds were only minor injuries

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Ian Blackford says Prime Minister is acting like ‘Monty Python’s black knight’

Boris Johnson shrugged off Monty Python comparisons by muttering that his no-confidence vote didn’t even leave a “flesh wound”.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford compared the Prime Minister to the comedic character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, who claims his fatal wounds were only minor injuries.

Mr Johnson was seen saying “not even a flesh wound” as he was accused of “deception and denial” about his future at Downing Street.

In his first PMQ clash since surviving a vote of confidence on Monday, the prime minister joked his political career had “hardly started” and that “absolutely nothing” would stop him from fulfilling his mandate.

It comes after Mr Johnson retained power by a vote of 211 to 148, meaning 41% of the Tories were against him.

Mr Blackford said he had long called for the “lame duck” Prime Minister to step down, but failed to notice that four in 10 Tory MPs agreed.

The Black Knight in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail



The SNP chief said: “The Prime Minister is acting like Monty Python’s Black Knight, running around declaring it’s just a flesh wound.

“And no amount of deception and denial will save the Prime Minister from the truth: this story will not go away until he goes away.”

The Ross Sky and Lochaber MP, who wanted to know, asked: “Can the Prime Minister tell us how democratic it is for Scotland to be hit by a Prime Minister we don’t trust, a Conservative party we don’t support and Tory -Governments we haven’t elected since 1955?”

Mr Johnson replied: “We had a referendum in 2014, as I have told the House before. I think he should respect the mandate of the people.

“He keeps saying that he wants his country to be independent. Our country is independent… and the only way independence could ever be reversed would be if we had the catastrophe of a Labor-SNP coalition that would bring us back into the EU.”

Boris Johnson came under fire during PMQs

Earlier in the session, Labor’s Angela Eagle confronted the Prime Minister about the Tory struggles – telling him the vote was proof he was “loathed”.

She demanded to know, “if 148 of his own backbenchers don’t trust him, why on earth would the country?”

Mr Johnson joked that his political career had “hardly begun” and said he had “picked up political opponents everywhere” because “this government has done some very big and very remarkable things that they don’t necessarily approve of”.

“And I want her to know that absolutely nothing and nobody, least of all her, is going to stop us from continuing to work for the British people,” he added.

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