UK Justice Minister Resigns Over Partygate Revelations

    Photo: Crown Copyright [via The Telegraph]

    The Facts

    • Lord David Wolfson, a Conservative UK justice minister, has resigned from the MoJ after PM Boris Johnson and Chan. Rishi Sunak received fines earlier this week for breaking lockdown restrictions.

    • An investigation by the Met police found that the two had breached the law when they attended a party in Downing St. marking Johnson's birthday during lockdown.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This puts yet more pressure on Johnson to do the decent thing and resign. It's becoming ever clearer that his position is untenable and voters are incensed at his arrogance and double standards. By staying in office, the PM is eroding fundamental constitutional principles.

    Right narrative

    Now is not the right or responsible time for Johnson to go. The UK and the rest of Europe face an international crisis over the Russian invasion of Ukraine; though a change of leader would be appropriate under normal circumstances, the UK cannot risk appointing a lame-duck PM at such a grave time.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Boris Johnson will still the UK PM by August 2023 according to the Metaculus prediction community,

    Political split



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