Jo Swinson: The problem with Boris Johnson...

Jo Swinson: The problem with Boris Johnson...


Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson will make a speech entitled: ‘The problem with Boris Johnson.’

In her speech, Jo Swinson will be outlining why Boris Johnson cannot be trusted by voters, including his lies about the Irish Sea border, about protecting the rights of EU citizens, and lying to the Queen to unlawfully shut down democracy.

She will make the case that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can take seats away from the Conservatives and deprive Boris Johnson of a majority.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson is expected to say:

When I meet children and teenagers in schools, they often ask me what you need to be good at to become a politician.

And my answer is always this: Being able to write a press release and understand legislation are important for the job. But you can learn all of that.

What matters the most – and is almost impossible to learn -- is caring. Caring about the people in your community and in your country, so that your decisions are based on what you genuinely believe to be best for them.

I say it is impossible to learn, which perhaps is just as well as I am not sure Boris Johnson has time for lessons on caring alongside his technology lessons.

Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson. And he will do whatever it takes, sacrifice whatever is needed, to get what he wants.

This is a man who decided which side to support in the EU referendum by game-playing whether it would get him the keys to Number 10.

His life has been about becoming Prime Minister – not out of some deep-seated desire to make people’s lives better, but out of some sense of Etonian entitlement. Because it’s what people like him get to do.

And you cannot trust a word Boris Johnson says. The man will say anything, if it means getting what he wants.

He lied to the 3 million other EU countries citizens in the UK when he told them he would guarantee their right to stay.

He lied when he said that no Conservative Prime Minister would ever put a border down the Irish Sea.

He lied when he said over and over that we would leave the European Union by 31 October.

He lied when he said he would rather be dead in a ditch than ask for an extension to Article 50.

Well, there might not be a ditch, but Boris Johnson has dragged office of Prime Minister through the mud.

Lying to the Queen to unlawfully shut down our democracy.

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