PM told by Commons committee to issue 11 corrections to false claims

Boris Johnson has been urged by a Commons committee to issue 11 corrections relating to occasions when he falsely claimed employment is higher now than it was before the pandemic.

The chair of the Commons liaison committee, Sir Bernard Jenkin, issued the effective rebuke to the prime minister after a session in March when Johnson wrongly claimed that he had already corrected the record.

The number of people in payroll employment – working for a company – is higher now than it was before the pandemic. But total employment is lower, because there has been a large fall in the number of people are who self-employed. But this has not stopped Johnson repeatedly telling MPs that overall employment is higher – despite this error being pointed out to him more than once by statistic experts.

In evidence to the committee in March, when asked about this, Johnson said that he thought No 10 had already corrected the record.

In a letter released today, responding to a letter from Johnson following up on points raised during the hearing, Jenkin says Johnson has still not said what he has done to correct the record on this point. He identifies 11 references in Hansard to Johnson telling MPs employment is higher now than before the pandemic. Jenkin goes on:

I would be grateful if you could send the committee a copy of these corrections, once they have been made.

The liaison committee is often seen as the most senior of the Commons committee because its membership comprises the chairs of all select committees. (Guardian Live).

2 thoughts on “PM told by Commons committee to issue 11 corrections to false claims

  1. It is now completely ironic that Boris resembles Churchill the insurance dog, because that is exactly what Britain needs now – insurance against the ultra-slow-motion car crash that is playing out this week.

    And Boris’ attitude – a millisecond of contrition followed by “Oh yes, I am contrite”, “Oh yes, nothing more to see here”, “Oh yes, let’s move on now”, “Oh yes, we need to get on with governing the country” – is definitely very insurance Churchill.

    And just in case anyone still think that Boris’ bumbling buffoonery is a positive thing, really it isn’t and Britain deserves and should expect much, much, much better than this.

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  2. Water off a ducks back. Boris will (as usual) simply ignore this and carry on regardless.

    This extreme example of an entitled attitude may well be because Boris believes that he is the reincarnation of Churchill – though due to karma this is apparently not Winston Churchill (as he would like to believe), but Churchill the jolly old “Oh Yes” dog from the insurance commercials.

    Unfortunately, if he had any realistic chance of carrying out his role as PM (or MP or Mayor), Boris needed to be somewhat more serious than a fictional animated character invented with the specific purpose of being jovial, a bit bumbling and somewhat stupid for the purposes of selling insurance.#

    It appears that Henry II had the right idea in 1170 when (according to Robert Dodsley in 1740) he made a reference to Thomas Becket, only in this case it needs to refer to a PM not a priest.

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