The conversation continues on Boris Johnson’s misleading of Parliament.
“Shouldn’t we be conducting a Brexit inquiry now…”
■ On the verdict that Boris Johnson misled Parliament about the Downing Street parties.
Shouldn’t we be conducting an inquiry now to see if the ex-Prime Minister has misled the public about Brexit? Or do we already know the answer to that?
Tony Howarth, London
A reader hints, perhaps semi-sarcastically, that there may be other instances where the former Prime Minister has deceived the public that may be worth investigating:
There is also a tribute from the President of People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals to the late Labor MP and Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson.
Readers also share their thoughts on beards and unfair summer dress codes for men, and one reader shares her experience of making the transition to London life after 16 years in Dubai.
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Readers debate Boris Johnson’s Covid request, excuses and popularity
■ A fair and impartial investigation has found Boris guilty of lying. So how did Tony Blair get away from lying to Parliament that Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction when it was clear that he did not?
Alan, via email
■ May I point out that Mr Johnson was only elected because people like me didn’t want Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister (he was too left-wing) and not, as Jacob Rees-Mogg points out, because Mr Johnson was popular. We had no choice.
Rinaldo Gozdek, London
■ Boris says “workforce morale was important in the fight against Covid” so the lockdown #10 lift parties were necessary workplace events.
In this case, why weren’t these parties promoted for NHS workers and other key workers?
Were all key workers entitled to a government-sponsored thank-you party? I did not know it! I’m waiting for my cake.
Diana, NHS worker, London
■ Judy Baldwinson (MetroTalk, Thurs) hails the deaths of Messrs Johnson, Trump and Berlusconi – but all won their positions by democratic vote.
Is she proposing that the right to vote should be limited to those who do it “right”? May I ask who do you think should not be allowed to vote in the future? It goes without saying that the majority of those currently eligible will do so.
I’m not sure it would meet with general agreement.
■ Boris has little regard for the laws of the country and has lied to all of us.
I hope that Parliament votes against him today to uphold the sentence and that he is stripped of all the rights and privileges normally accorded to those who have held high office, making it impossible for him to ever return to Parliament.
■ The British people are suffering from a painful 13-year Tory government.
But all Tory MPs care about is who will be knighted or knighted by disgraced charlatan Boris Johnson and whether they will back the report from the Tory-dominated Privileges Committee, which confirms what some always have knew Johnson was a serial liar.
Labor swept aside the Tories in 1997 and rebuilt our decrepit public services after the Thatcher/Major years. With Sir Keir Starmer, they can do this again.
David Bodimeade, Rayleigh
■ I am writing to commend your beautifully crafted headline: ‘Is Real Whopper A Career Stopper?’ (Subway, Fri).
While Mr Johnson appears to have a history of deception while hiding behind an image of disheveled good nature, it’s hard to believe that the MPs now condemning him wouldn’t have acted similarly.
That reminds me of the quote: “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Keeley-Jasmine Cavendish, London
n Jogging to lose weight? Forget it. Judging by the photos of Boris Johnson on his daily run, it’s clearly not working. Chris, Oxford
Glenda Jackson, champion of animals
■ While no one will forget Glenda Jackson, who has died aged 87 (Metro, Fri), for her extraordinary acting accomplishments, Peta will remember her for her off-screen work helping animals.
As MP, Jackson took every opportunity to advocate for better treatment of animals, denouncing animal testing, live export of animals for slaughter, rabbit hunts and wildlife circuses.
She passionately supported our campaign to replace the bearskins used in Kingsguard hats with faux fur, condemning the use of real fur as “completely unnecessary”.
Jackson fought for fairer animal husbandry and was proof that one person can actually make a difference. Peta asks her many fans to honor her memory by standing up for the animal cause – just like she did.
Ingrid Newkirk, Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Gray beards, summer suits, and work affairs
■ I have noticed that on TV news, when the weather is hot, the female presenters wear light summer clothing, while the males are still dressed in suits with collars and ties. Obvious sexism if you ask me!
James Spriggs, Burntwood
■ Why do many older men think it’s a good idea to grow a gray beard? A lot of TV presenters/celebrities of a certain age do this I think to look cool but they just look older and unkempt!
■ So the Philip Schofield saga continues and the ITV boss is being held accountable for handling the ex-host’s secret affair with a younger male colleague (Metro, Thu). I don’t know of any organization other than monasteries where you sign a celibacy contract as part of the job.
people have affairs. It happens. They lie about it. However, this is a private matter for those affected and their immediate family members. It has nothing to do with me, you, the company you work for, or, God help us, a committee.
One has to wonder why this has reached such extraordinary proportions. If it’s not homophobia, then what is?
■ I have been reading your newspaper for some time. What started as a crossword obsession has resulted in me waiting for Metro to get my full update
I can read at my table.
After 16 years in Dubai we have been in London for six months and I was very afraid of the change.
And it was a refreshing change. The long walks to the train and bus stations were the icing on the cake. The weather allowed us to roam freely and that freedom was intoxicating. We couldn’t get enough.
We’re always on the go. Winters didn’t stop us and when spring came it was a breath of fresh air, literally. We lead a very active lifestyle without any weather restrictions and the constant hum of the air conditioning. We have explored many places and there is still so much more to see. We even had the opportunity to visit Kent and the stunning white cliffs of Dover.
We loved our Dubai stint, but if anyone asks me again why we left, I reply, “It’s a breath of fresh air.” Thank you.
Warda Fatima, Newham
■ I just want to thank you for your two new additions to the newspaper, namely ‘Today’.
In History and Birthdays. I go for my morning walk to get the subway from the station for me and my neighbor.
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