BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg warns ‘weak’ Boris Johnson ‘skinny apology’ to ‘make things worse’
Boris Johnson apology ‘not enough’ says Kuenssberg
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Boris Johnson admitted attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden of No 10 during England’s first lockdown in a heated PMQs. The Prime Minister’s apology will not make everything “disappear”, Laura Kuenssberg has said as Tory MPs have called on him to resign. Speaking on the World at One, Ms Kuenssberg said: “MPs I have managed to speak to the last half hour have suggested it is not enough, this does not make this all disappear.
“I think we saw Boris Johnson today with no smirk, no swagger, no jokes. None of what his supporters enjoy.
“We saw somebody who looked rather weak, pleading with his own party and the public to wait until this official report and somehow desperately hoping that it might all be ok.
“I think today’s appearance does give him some time but I think sometimes rather than a full-fat apology, a skinny apology that says, ‘I was there but it was within the rules’.
“That’s actually got the potential to make things worse rather than clearing it up.”
Many have said they will not vote for the party if Boris Johnson stays in charge, with one Twitter user saying the Prime Minister is “finished”.
It comes after the Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Wednesday he “believed implicitly” that the May 2020 occasion was a work event, but that he “should have sent everyone back inside” and apologised to MPs.
John Coleman, 47, an English teacher from Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, said he may vote Labour in the next election as a result.
Posting on Twitter, he said: “I speak as a Conservative voter and former party member… this government needs to fall and it needs to fall now!! Amoral leadership #JohnsonOutNow.”
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Speaking to the PA news agency, he added: “At the moment it is highly unlikely I will vote Conservative next time round. There are too many sycophants and lightweights in Cabinet and an amoral clown at the top.
“He is finished. He is either incompetent or lying. He needs to resign.”
Mary Gater, a lifelong Tory voter whose father’s funeral in February 2021 had limited attendance due to Covid restrictions, told PA she will seriously consider voting differently in a future election if the Prime Minister is still in charge.
“He has acknowledged he did wrong, but it is difficult to reconcile his responses because the damage is now done,” the 58-year-old self-employed designer from Malpas, in Cheshire, told the PA news agency.
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“I doubt he does understand the sacrifices and quite frankly the horrors some of us have endured.
“I could be very bitter I am not at all… I am merely tired of the lies and complete lack of empathy.”
Nick Peterson, a 33-year-old architect from London, said that he believes the Prime Minister thinks that despite widespread outrage, he will not face any serious repercussions.
Mr Peterson said: “I think he knows the inquiry will not be disastrous. That he’ll be able to ride it out and survive regardless of the damage the story has done to the reputation of the Government.”
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