Q&A Election Candidates Q9.

HERE for Caithness

Question 9.

After partygate and the fixed penalty fine do you think Prime Minister Boris Johnston should resign? – Yes or No

Thurso & Northwest Caithness

Iain Gregory

Yes.

(And so should one or two others, whether fined or not).

Ron Gunn

Yes. There was a time when, if politicians did something wrong, (or were caught out) they did the honourable thing and resigned. Now in both Holyrood and Westminster there is very little integrity.

Matthew Reiss

Yes or no questions often include a “Don’t Know” option. Sorry, to answer this question we need “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I do not have this. A fixed penalty is not a criminal conviction but is offered to the “suspect” by the Police where they deem it appropriate in lower level cases. A verbal “warning” is another option, as the First Minister received. The office of Prime Minister is the highest democratic seat in the land, carrying massive responsibilities, not least Ukraine. There is no doubt in my mind that the current publicity is detracting from that high office and that is very unhelpful at this perilous time.

Struan Mackie

Yes

Alex Glasgow

In the early stages of the Great War, Asquith was replaced by Lloyd-George (the History Books still are unsure if this Welsh Wizard were a good one). In the run up to the Second World War, Chamberlain was replaced by Churchill; then, when the Pacific War still was ongoing, Churchill was replaced by Atlee. At the height of Suez, Eden was replaced by McMillan.

No-one is indispensable. Beyond that, the office of the PM is entirely beyond the purview of a ward cllr

Karl Rosie

Yes.

Wick & East Caithness

Bill Fernie

Yes………that is the short answer. The longer answer makes me so mad………and its personal. The covid rules affected my family when my wife’s health deteriorated over the two years during covid up to her death in July 2021. Like many we obeyed the rules and she missed so much contact with other family members.

Willie Mackay

Well this is not a question I would have expected with only days to go before our local authority elections. The question would have been better if it read …..When and if Prime Minister Boris Johnston resigns who would you propose leads the country and why ?

Neil MacDonald

Yes

Jan McEwan

Definitely, YES. The PM has lost all integrity by lying to the Country through Covid, when the rest of us were obeying the law

Andrew Jarvie

For me, Boris Johnston has no option but to resign as PM over the whole affair. Which is a great shame, because the whole fiasco completely overshadows all the great work he has lead, particularly the world-leading vaccine rollout, throughout Covid. It wasn’t just the fact that social gatherings seemed to be the norm in Downing Street, it was the denial, deferral and deceit throughout as more and more evidence of events came out. The PM had the chance, right at the start when the first story broke, to admit that this was not the only such event and to apologise profusely. Instead the situation spiralled in the bizarre situation where the PM said that no one told him the events were against the rules, despite being the one to tell us every night on TV what the rules were.

Raymond Bremner

This is not a matter relating to local Government elections or the Highland Council.

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