Major’s partygate dig brutally shut down ‘His incompetence managed to bring in Tony Blair’

Sir John Major's government 'was riddled with sleaze' says host

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LBC Radio host Nick Ferrari erupted over former Prime Minister Sir John Major’s comments about Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Sir John took aim at Mr Johnson during a press conference this week, criticising Mr Johnson over the lockdown partygate allegations which have swirled around Westminster for the last two months. Mr Ferrari levelled equal criticisms at former party leader, accusing his own Government of having been “riddled with sleaze” so much that he led to the election of Tony Blair.

Mr Ferrari said: “So this man, who presided over a Government riddled with sleaze, most of his male MPs having affairs, the disastrous policy as regards Europe.

“The ERM, exchange rate mechanism, that destroyed the pound, that led the Conservatives to the biggest defeat of a standing party, since the Great Reform Act of 1832.

“His incompetence managed to bring in Tony Blair with the biggest majority since 1832.

“And he’s lecturing Boris Johnson.”

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During his speech this week, the former Prime Minister said: “The loss of public trust can be swift and unforgiving.

“We have seen that playing out in recent weeks, trust in politics is at a low ebb, eroded by foolish behaviour and leaving a sense of unease about the way in which our politics is conducted.

“Too often, ministers have been evasive and the truth has seemed to be optional.

“When ministers respond to legitimate questions from the public, from inquisitors, from the media, with pre-prepared sound bites or half-truths or misdirection or wild exaggeration then respect for government and politics dies just a little more.”

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Sir John added: “Politicians are not all the same and lies are just not acceptable – to imply otherwise is to cheapen public life and slander the vast majority of elected politicians who do not knowingly mislead.

“But some do mislead and their behaviour is corrosive, it tarnishes both politics and the reputation of Parliament.

“It is a dangerous trend.”

“He said our reputation has been shredded by what’s been going on in Number 10, internationally,” pressed the Sky News presenter. 

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