‘Problem starts at top' – what has everyone said about Johnson?

A selection of political commentary about the outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson: ‘Problem starts at the top’ – what has everyone said about outgoing Prime Minister? No10 Downing St

Boris Johnson is on his way out of Downing Street following dozens of ministerial resignations.

Here’s a flavour of what’s been said about the Prime Minister this week – by his own party and political opponents.

Ex-health secretary Sajid Javid: “Last month I gave the benefit of doubt one last time … I have concluded that the problem starts at the top.” 

Ex-equalities minister Mike Freer: “I feel that we are … creating an atmosphere of hostility for LGBT+ people.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “There will be a widespread sense of relief that the chaos of the last few days (indeed months) will come to an end.”

Rishi Sunak, ex-chancellor: “It has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different.”

John Glen, former economic secretary to the Treasury: “The country deserves better, and I must return to the backbenches.”

Former science minister George Freeman: “I’m afraid the culmination of your lack of transparency and candour with parliament (and willingness to ask your ministers to mislead parliament), your removal of key pillars of the ministerial code, your handling of your appointment of a deputy chief whip who it turns out you knew had a history of sexual abuse allegations, is too much.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford: “A few weeks ago I compared the Prime Minister to Monty Python’s Black Knight. Actually turns out I was wrong. He’s actually the dead parrot. Whether he knows it or not, he’s now an ex-prime minister.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer: “What a pathetic spectacle. The dying act of his political career is to parrot that nonsense.”

Jo Churchill, former minister for agri-innovation and climate adaptation: “A jocular self-serving approach is bound to have its limitations.”

Former Tory vice-chair Bim Afolami: “I, personally, just couldn’t think I could defend that sort of behaviour any longer.”

Ex-Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: “There’s no way he can stay on until October. It’s arrant nonsense to think he can.”

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