Government whips and advisers ‘are not above the law’, says speaker, after rebel MPs ‘spoke out’
Do do conservatives really care about people like us? It is partly because millions of voters are beginning to doubt the answer to this question that Boris Johnson is having such a hard time, writes Allister Heath.
The Prime Minister’s traumatic struggle with the establishment over Brexit has turned him into a hero for swathes of the country; two years later, that goodwill has been wasted, and many of its 2019 working-class recruits fear conservatives have gone back to type, a sentiment borne out by grim stories of illicit wine drinking.
But ‘partygate’ is just the straw that broke the camel’s back after a series of disappointments, the explosive and exasperating symbol of a government that has forgotten that its mission was to defend a silent majority long ignored by the Conservatives. metropolitans like Labour.
Shaken by Covid, angered by failures of illegal migration and crime, the people of Johnson – in the counties and in the Red Wall – are in the grip of a vicious and escalating crisis in the cost of living that, strangely, it is about to strengthen with hikes towards National Insurance (NI).
The traditional argument for voting Tory – that they will make you better – is no longer credible.
Allister Heath: Boris must start by scrapping National Insurance hike