Ian Blackford shamed over bid to pull rug from under Boris: ‘What a waste of time’
Ian Blackford's attack on Boris spectacularly backfires
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The SNP’s Westminster leader announced yesterday (Sunday) he would submit the motion in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Mr Blackford said the Prime Minister needed to be held to account for his “disastrous actions”.
He said his party would act as the “real opposition” by rebuking Mr Johnson.
The move has drawn the ire of many Brits, who see it as a political stunt at a time when parliamentary debates should be used to discuss the pressing matters facing the nation.
Hannah Al-Othman, a Sunday Times journalist, wrote: “What a waste of vital Parliamentary time”.
She added that Mr Johnson has “got a majority of almost 80″ and that “there is absolutely no way it will succeed”.
Ms Al-Othman said: “It’s nothing but a play to social media and a waste of time. This is the stuff of student politics.”
Ben Walker, co-founder of polling site Britain Elects, said: “Well, at least it’s a way of upping the numbers for Yes [campaign], I guess.”
The Conservative Government has a working majority of 77 seats in the Commons.
This means it is highly unlikely Mr Blackford’s motion will pass, as it would require a major rebellion.
Speaking at the SNP’s virtual conference, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber accused Mr Johnson of presiding over an “omnibus of omnishambles” during his time leading the Government.
He claimed Downing Street was guilty of “chaotic governance”.
Mr Blackford added that a recent speech in which the Prime Minister referenced children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig was evidence Mr Johnson was “becoming deeper and deeper out of his depth”.
The SNP MP said: “Unless he faces consequences for his disastrous actions, he won’t just think he’s gotten away with the mess he has made of the last few months – he will think he can do it all over again.”
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Many Britons believe, however, that the attempt will be futile and of no consequence at all.
Writing on Twitter, @ryan_wain said: “SPOILER: Boris Johnson survives it.”
Meanwhile @1PaulMichael asked: “Will anyone notice?”
@OliAworth commented: “Have they considered actually helping their Scottish constituents, rather than pointless stunts such as this?
“The UK deserves better than this Government, and Scotland deserves better than the SNP.”
And @OrsoDanLutharr noted: “They have an 80 seat majority, this is pointless.”
Jack Clark, chair of the Scottish Young Liberals, claimed “the SNP are keeping the Tories in power”.
Mr Johnson defended his record in Parliament last week.
On Wednesday, he told MPs: “We are delivering for the working people of this country. We are fixing the problems that they thought could never be fixed, and we are doing things that they thought were impossible.
“There are now more people in work in this country than there were before the pandemic began. That is because of policies that this Government has followed.”
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