David Cameron called him a “fat pig”, able to get out of any scandal.

But Operation Big Dog Rescue – a campaign launched by his allies earlier this year in the midst of a party-gate scandal – has failed to save Boris Johnson.

He hoped that a “dead cat” strategy with “red meat” policies such as offending the BBC and sending asylum seekers to Rwanda would save him.

But it failed and now he is “dead meat” and Tory MPs are not ready to tolerate his lies and dodging any more.

Johnson has also been compared to a cat with nine lives who has survived endless scandals and crises.

However, in the end it was the three P’s – Patterson, Partigate and Pincher – that meant he wasted those nine lives.

So what were the nine lives of Boris Johnson?

Shortly after becoming a graduate student at The Times, Johnson wrote an article that included a fictional quote attributed to his godfather. The editor, Charlie Wilson, a tough Glasgow man known as “Gorbals”, who had a face like thunder in anger, found out and fired him.

But P45 turned out to be a great blessing, as Johnson moved to The Daily Telegraph, where his journalistic career got off to an impressive start.

He became a correspondent in Brussels and gained notoriety for stories such as the EU ban on shrimp cocktail chips, standardized condom sizes and plain bananas. By this time he was famous.

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While editor of The Spectator and MP for Henley, he had an on-and-off affair with the columnist Petronella Wyatt, during which she had an abortion and a miscarriage.

When the affair was exposed, he denied it, calling it an “inverted pyramid”. Tory leader Michael Howard, as tough a boss as Charlie Wilson, sacked him from the relatively obscure post of shadow arts minister.

Then there was an affair with journalist Anna Fazakerley. When he was mayor of London, he had an illegitimate child with art consultant Helen McIntyre.

Far more vocal was Jennifer Arcuri, a flamboyant and extroverted American businesswoman who claimed she had a four-year affair with him from 2012 to 2016 and that they slept together in an apartment where she had a pole dancer.

He divorced his second wife, barrister Marina Wheeler, in 2020 and last year married Carrie Symonds, a former Tory press chief.

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Boris Johnson has made some terrible mistakes, most of which have one thing in common – accused them of racism or, in some cases, homophobic.

For example, when he mocked Tony Blair’s foreign trips, he referred to black people as “flag-waving, watermelon-smiling pecans”.

He accused Papua New Guinea of ​​”cannibalism and capital murder”, Turkish President Erdogan of “sex with a goat” and called him “the enemy” of Ankara.

During the 2016 referendum to leave the EU, Johnson said President Obama “partially dislikes the Kenya of the British Empire” and compared the European Union to Hitler’s Germany.

He also called gay men “t-shirt bums” and claimed Muslim women in burqas “look like letterboxes”.

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Imprisoned Iranian-British dual national, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffewas released by Iran in March after spending six years in prison after being convicted of an alleged plot to overthrow the Tehran regime.

She worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity that advocates for media freedom. The Iranians claim she was conducting “propaganda against the regime,” but she says she was on vacation when she was arrested.

Nazanin and her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, have been highly critical of Johnson’s handling of her case and his failure to secure her speedy release.

Johnson’s mistake as foreign secretary was to tell the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2017 that she was “teaching people journalism”, which was not true.

His critics say it showed negligence, a gross failure to master his task and a cavalier disregard for Nazanin’s safety.

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It was seen as another rude and insensitive remark made by Boris Johnson when he was Foreign Secretary.

He said this at an event for EU diplomats in London when asked about corporate concerns about a hard Brexit. It revealed his disdain for pro-EU business leaders, and particularly the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which is staunchly pro-Remain and opposed to Brexit.

This disdain was revealed again during a the wobbly performance fiasco at the CBI at a conference last November, when, obviously ill-prepared, he mixed up his notes, completely lost the thread and started babbling about Peppa Pig.

He gave the impression that he didn’t care about offending the CBI and saw them as a bunch of unreconstructed “whiners” and enemies of Brexit.

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Prime ministers are in shape to enjoy free holidays in luxury destinations, but Boris Johnson likes Tory donors to pay for him.

For Christmas 2019, he and then-fiancée Carrie jetted off to the millionaires’ playground of Mastic in the Caribbean for a £15,000 holiday.

After Carphone Warehouse tycoon David Ross donated the lavish villa, it was condemned by the Standards Committee deputies for not specifying who wrote the check. Not for the first time, the committee noted.

Then there was Wallpapergate, when he forced another Tory donor, Lord Brownlow, to pay a large part of the £112,000 bill for £840-a-roll gold wallpaper by the flamboyant designer Lulu Little for his Downing Street flat.

There were Tories fined by the election commission for an inaccurate account of the donation, and the Prime Minister’s ethics adviser, Lord Haidt, who later resigned, criticized him for his “unwise actions”.

It was reported last month that Johnson wanted Tory donors to pay for a £150,000 treehouse for young son Wilfred in Checkers. It was also reported that he wanted to appoint Kerry, then his girlfriend, as head of his administration when he was foreign secretary, and in 2020 he asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to find Kerry a job at a royal charity.

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The Prime Minister’s Brexit ally Owen Paterson, a former Cabinet minister, has been found by the Standards Committee to be in “egregious” breach of lobbying rules after he was paid more than £200,000 by private medical company Randox.

In a result that sparked outrage, Johnson ordered his lawmakers to vote against Patterson’s 30-day suspension.

But after a strong political backlash, he made a humiliating U-turn and backed down. Paterson then resigned as an MP, triggering a by-election in which his majority of almost 23,000 in North Shropshire was spectacularly overturned by the Lib Dems.

The row has left many of Johnson’s MPs furious with the prime minister for his apparent determination to defend the Brexit stalwart, who has been found guilty of a serious breach of parliamentary rules.

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Dominic Cummings, a former aide to the prime minister who was kicked out of Downing Street after his high-profile trip to Barnard Castle in May 2020, has hit back at Johnson in a series of blogs contradicting his denials.

First, the Prime Minister said that there are no Downing Street parties. Then, when a video emerged of former press secretary Allegro Stratton holding a mock press conference and laughing, he said he was furious and apologized.

It emerged that an email from his close aide Martin (“Party Marty”) Reynolds told staff to “bring your own booze”. In total, police issued 126 fines to 83 people in Downing Street, including Johnson and the then chancellor, Risha Sunak.

The report by senior civil servant Sue Gray was devastating, saying some of the behavior at Downing Street was hard to justify and some of the events revealed a “serious breach” of proper government standards. There was fury from those affected by relatives who lost loved ones during the pandemic and from many Tory MPs.

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Boris Johnson’s big lie was the last straw for Conservative MPs.

Chris Pincher resigned as deputy chief executive of the company last Thursday after admitting he had “too much” to drink and was accused of groping two men at the upmarket Carlton club.

For 24 hours, Johnson failed to expel him from the parliamentary party until a formal complaint was lodged.

Johnson denied at the time that he had been warned about Pincher’s previous behavior and concerns about his suitability for the department’s deputy chief position when he was appointed in February of this year.

This was despite him previously resigning as whip in 2017 after a former Olympic rower accused him of behaving like a “pound shop Harvey Weinstein”.

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As more allegations against Pinscher surfaced, Johnson was reported to have said that Pinscher, a close ally involved with Big Dog Rescue earlier this year, was “handy” and quipped: “Pinscher by name, Pinscher by to nature” – reports that he never refuted.

As the Tory rebellion reached a deafening climax, cabinet heavyweights Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned two weeks after Tory leader Oliver Dowden resigned following twin by-election defeats in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton.

More than 30 resignations followed and a delegation of Cabinet ministers, including Nadhim Zahavi, followed the resignations of Sunak and Javid, who made a Commons resignation announcement that MPs compared to Sir Geoffrey Howe’s in 1990. , who was appointed chancellor in less than 24 years. hours earlier – told him the game was over and it was time to go.

However, this was not the end. He sent a delegation and insisted that he was still fighting.
But overnight, after the number of government resignations topped 50, including more cabinet ministers, he bowed to the inevitable and announced his resignation, just under three years after becoming prime minister.


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