There are storms around Boris Johnson, who according to a UK expert, is constantly being caught in new lies.
The surprise party on the occasion of Johnson’s 56th birthday is the latest in a series of accusations against Johnson – the prime minister who is referred to as the man with nine political lives.
A motion of no confidence may be raised against him, but whether he has to leave is not clear.
Johnson’s future now rests on his own party colleagues, according to a UK expert and associate professor at the University of Agder, Erik Mustad.
– There are so many skeletons in the closet here and so much has happened. It is the totality, which will be worth something for the Conservative Party to consider, says Mustad.
A scandalous marathon
To date, 16 gatherings have taken place in either Downing Street number 10 – where the Prime Minister lives and works – or in other public departments, writes BBC.
The collections are said to have taken place at the same time as there were very strict coronary restrictions in the UK.
The experienced bureaucrat Sue Gray is investigating the incidents.
The report can be published this week, despite the fact that it became known on Tuesday that the police have set up their own investigation, writes Sky News.
UK expert Mustad thinks it may seem as if Sue Gray has asked the police to launch the investigation. According to him, this may indicate that the commission has found things, which they see as clear offenses.
The police investigation may be the last straw, which makes several party colleagues turn their backs on him, Mustad claims.
– The investigation report and the police investigation will be a completely different public witch hunt by Boris Johnson than before. Now more people will probably think that they have to get rid of him, Mustad says.
However, he also says that despite the fact that the party members in the Conservative Party may have had enough of Boris scandals, it is not certain that they will say it in public.
– There are probably many who do not say anything for fear of their own political career, but who might have voted for distrust, if there was a vote in the party, Mustad says.
Does Boris have to go?
So far, six Conservative party members have publicly stated that they do not trust Johnson, but several are believed to have sent letters to Sir Graham Brady, leader of the 1922 committee, writes BBC.
In order for there to be a vote of no confidence, 54 letters must be sent to the 1922 committee.
– Only then will it trigger a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, Mustad says.
There must be a majority in the Conservative Party in the House of Commons for Johnson to be able to fall. Johnson can also choose to take matters into his own hands.
– If he sees that the investigation report is too discouraging, he can take his hat off and go himself.
Mustad explains that the Conservative Party has several times before made no-confidence motions against its party leaders.
– There are not many chances you get in that game before you are out.
So whether Johnson chooses to withdraw on his own initiative or whether he is pushed out of his own ranks remains to be seen. However, UK expert Mustad is sure that the investigation report and the police report will be decisive factors.
– He hangs in such a thin thread that there is almost nothing to hang in anymore, says Mustad, and adds:
Or can Johnson manage to get out of this too? He’s a master at coming back. He is seen as an elector, who enchants people, Mustad says.
– Nobody told me it was against the rules, Johnson replied last week, when asked if he knew about the garden parties in Downing Street.
Johnson has struggled to explain himself about the various charges, which have been leveled against him. Mustad believes Johnson’s explanations are only getting worse and worse.
– These explanations are pathetic. This has been his strategy all along: deny everything.
– And when the evidence comes, it’s just gossip. This is only getting more and more ridiculous, Mustad thinks.