In a political era characterised by scandal, it is not easy to keep track of the seemingly endless list of misdeeds, from the petty to the brazen to the unfathomably costly, that we now take for granted.
Whilst Gavin Wiliamson's bullying, Suella Braverman's leaking, Andrew Bridgen's lobbying and Matt Hancock's dereliction of duty caught a good deal of attention in recent days, Boris Johnson's resignation honours scandal may be the better (worse) example of our current political dysfunction and plummeting standards.
To summarise, those on the honours list include:
- Multimillionaire Tory donor, David Ross, who funded a holiday to Mustique with Carrie Symonds.
- Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail, again, having already been blocked by the Honour’s Committee twice.
- Shaun Bailey, former Tory London Mayoral candidate, who resigned after breaking lockdown rules by partying.
- Johnson loyalists and sitting MPs, Nadine Dorries, Alister Jack, Alok Sharma and Nigel Adams (who are attempting to 'defer' their ennoblement, in order to avoid embarrassing by-election defeats).
During his premiership, Johnson had already created 86 peers, meaning that a hefty percentage of the 778 members of the House of Lords will have now been appointed by him; double those appointed by Cameron and May. For context, neither Tony Blair nor Gordon Brown produced a resignation honours list.
To add injury to insult for hard-working British people, former Prime Minister Liz Truss will also get to put her cronies in the House of Lords even after her disastrous seven-week tenure that plunged the UK into financial chaos!
To be included in this tawdry list might now be considered less than an 'honour', which is a particular pity for others who fully deserve their place on the same list.
Without root and branch constitution reforms that includes the House of Lords, we continue to rely on a weak, naïve 'good chap' model of government, which is clearly coming apart at the seams, allowing, as it does, disastrous Prime Ministers to stay in power by promising peerages to friends and allies who prolong their grip on power.
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