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Enough of the scandals

07 October, 2021

‘Boris Johnson’s record as foreign secretary was stained by a litany of blunders’

• IT’S come to something when Met police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick can survive eight scandals and remain in post as she is deemed to be irreplaceable.

Wayne Couzens, teenage murders, Wembley shambles, the Daniel Morgan inquiry, Sarah Everard vigil, Extinction Rebellion farce, Operation Midland, Jean Charles de Menezes.

Yet Sir Ian Blair was forced to resign as Met Commissioner after a Tory coup led by Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London in 2008, and within hours of him taking control of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Blair’s shortcomings were, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a race discrimination case from assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur and an inquiry by HM Constabulary into £3million of Met contracts awarded to his best friend.

We all know that Johnson’s record as foreign secretary from 2016 to 2018 was stained by a litany of blunders and poor diplomacy. His mistakes, errors and misjudgments made him a liability for the Theresa May government.

Fast-forward to 2019 and we have Johnson the prime minister promising to defy the doubters, doomsters and gloomsters.

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