Liverpool was right about Boris Johnson all along. Now he must resign…


There is an unfair label that people in this city have often been taught that after difficult moments they hold a grudge and struggle to move on.

Acousticians have the habit of being right in the end.

The harsh verdict of political editor Liam Thorp after the historic Supreme Court ruling

The Prime Minister allowed shameful words to be published about the hard-working Scousers, the families in Hillsborough and Ken Bigley, the engineer from Liverpool who was so brutally murdered in Iraq in 2004.

Johnson was, as many will know, editor of Spectator magazine when it so callously sullied the reputation of all the people in this beautiful city.

This is nonsense – and today’s stunning, historic, unprecedented Supreme Court ruling, in which Boris Johnson was unanimously condemned for acting illegally by suspending Parliament, shows once again how right Liverpool was all along.

In the years that followed, many were captured by the clumsy, eccentric, messy and untidy hairy figure that Boris Johnson tried to portray. Many of them will have told the people of Liverpool to go ahead and accept his apology.

Johnson may have been dragged to Liverpool by his then party leader Michael Howard to offer a forced and deeply insincere apology at the time – but it did not matter, Liverpool had his number.

But this city has a habit of sticking to its guns once it gets the measure of someone – and boy, boy, they were right about Boris Johnson.

Liverpool MP Maria Eagle played a key role in the Hillsborough justice campaign and knows the damage the Spectator’s words have done to the city.

She said: “Boris Johnson is a charlatan and a liar.

“The people of Liverpool have known this for a long time – they have not forgotten what he has done to this city.

She added: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling was an absolute destruction of the Prime Minister, as a lawyer I can tell you that this is unprecedented.

“When he became Prime Minister, I asked him to apologize to Liverpool, which he did not, that says it all.

“This court is usually very careful, so what they have done today is overwhelming – I don’t see how he can survive it, he should resign immediately.

Many suspect that this Prime Minister believes he is above the law – so it seems highly unlikely that he will see today’s incredible, damning verdict against him as a reason to leave.


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