A significant number of people well outside of party politics are raising concerns, about the amount of money being spent on redecoration of the flat above No 11 Downing Street. Yet these reactions are not the only issues that are rising behind the focus on the Prime Minister and his partners source of funding. The fact that he is claiming that his income of £157,000 is not sufficient will be understood by some people who may well have also spent around £58,000 to decorate their wealthy and high profile flats. After all Boris used to be earning £850,000 when he was not Prime Minister thanks to the Telegraph and other sources. Understandably many people who earn a great deal less than either of those sums find it very difficult to observe that he is upset publicly and is asking for funds to come from supporters to pay for his child’s care. The fact that according to the Telegraph, that his party workers are now upset is hardly a shock. However there are many other people who will never be listened to by the Telegraph who are also finding our current situation very unacceptable. Along with that is the concerns that he is breaking all sorts of Ministerial rules but we are being told very publicly by James Cleverly that he gets to make the decision as to whether the rules have been broken. Another very strange public decision following the recent death of Prince Philip is the idea that the Queen will be given a £200m boat which was something that was discussed very significantly back in 1997 when HMY Britannia stopped being used. The Queen and Prince Philip did want a replacement but for such a decision to take place less than a month after his death, and yet 24 years after the last boat went out of service given the age of the Queen makes no real sense. There could be many other ways of acknowledging the memory of Prince Philip than placing his name onto a boat that will be of little benefit for most people in our society.
Clearly the leader of a Party that has a huge majority is not very easy to be challenged from outside of his Party. As James Cleverly has pointed out, his accountability is at the next election which is slightly confusing as whilst he was elected in his constituency, no one else outside of the Conservative Party gets to choose if he is selected as the Prime Minister or Party Leader. Perhaps James Cleverly is getting confused with the difference between our Prime Ministerial setting and the Presidential setting over in the USA. We certainly need the Prime Minister to change his behaviour or there may reach the time when his colleagues will force him to move out, and if that does happen how will that be national accountability?