Boris Johnson insists he won’t change and criticism of his behavior ‘doesn’t matter’

In a series of bizarre radio interviews from Rwanda, the prime minister insisted that people were “tired of hearing about me and the things I allegedly did wrong” and that his ethical behavior “doesn’t matter”.

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Boris Johnson questions his future after the by-election defeats

Boris Johnson vowed not to change his behavior after a double whammy in crucial by-elections in a bizarre series of broadcast interviews.

The Prime Minister said the idea that he would undergo a “psychological transformation” after the embarrassing defeats “won’t happen”.

And he said he feels serious questions about his ethical behavior “don’t matter.”

“As a leader, you have to distinguish between criticism that really counts and criticism that doesn’t count,” he told the BBC during a trip to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

He claimed the public was “heart sick of hearing about me and the things I allegedly did wrong.”

And he told Sky News his party suffered the crushing defeats because “people were absolutely sick of hearing about stuff I’ve stuffed, this endless churning of stuff when they wanted to hear what this guy was doing.”

Prime Minister visits Rwanda for Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting



He said the lesson he learned from losing two seats in one night was “we just need to focus on all the things we’re doing to move the country forward.”

Asked whether he would change his behavior because of the by-election results, the Prime Minister said after Oliver Dowden’s letter: “If you say you want me to undergo some kind of psychological transformation, I think our listeners will know that I don’t will happen.”

And he claimed that the “only real argument some of my critics have heard make any merit about the change of direction they would like to see is a return to the EU’s single market. That’s literally the only manifest point I’ve seen.”

Asked if there were any circumstances under which he would consider resigning in principle, he said: “Well, I think for example if our government decides, if you put it to me, that we have to abandon the Ukrainian cause, because it’s just getting too difficult and that the cost of supporting these people in their heroic fight for freedom was too high in terms of inflation, in terms of economic damage, yes I think I would accept that I lost a very important argument and I would leave, but I don’t see that.”

But he later denied that this was the only principle that would trigger such a move.

“I didn’t say that — you asked me for an example policy question, I found one,” he said.

Mr Johnson has been faced with a range of transgressions for which people have called for his resignation, including breaking the law and misleading the House, saying: “Wait, let’s look at this in a more cheerful way if that’s possible.

“Actually, I got a new mandate from my colleagues, and I will deliver.”

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