A British government watchdog has criticized former Prime Minister Boris Johnson for joining the Daily Mail’s writers’ list, for violating the rules governing the work of officials after leaving their government posts.
And the Daily Mail newspaper, which supports the Conservative Party, announced that Johnson would write a weekly column every Saturday, the day after a parliamentary committee decided that Johnson deliberately misled the House of Commons on more than one occasion because of the parties he held during the complete closure due to the Corona epidemic.
Johnson expressed his delight at writing to the Daily Mail, in a video clip published by the newspaper, saying he would only cover political issues when he “had to”.
In his first published article, Johnson talks about his battle with weight loss and using an appetite suppressant to avoid opening the fridge at night.
The Appointments Advisory Committee (ACOPA), which monitors the work of politicians for two years after they leave office, criticized Johnson for not respecting the rules governing the work of former officials.
A spokeswoman for the committee said Johnson told Acoba just half an hour before the Daily Mail published its announcement that he had joined it on social media.
📰 We are delighted to announce Boris Johnson as our new columnist
Famed as one of the wittiest and most original writers in the business, Boris’s column will appear in the Daily Mail every Saturday and you’ll be able to get a preview on MailOnline and The Mail+ on Fridays. pic.twitter.com/76uETBRmnF
– Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 16, 2023
She confirmed this was a “clear breach” of the rules, adding: “We have written to Mr Johnson seeking an explanation and will publish the correspondence in due course in line with our transparency policy.”
However, “Acuba” cannot force a politician to leave a job he has obtained, but Johnson’s usual disregard for the laws was evident in Thursday’s report issued by the House of Commons committee.
In the event that Johnson chooses to return to political issues, the newspaper will be a high platform to pursue his vendetta against Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Johnson had preempted the decision to condemn him by the Parliamentary Committee by submitting his resignation from Parliament, in order to avoid exposure to expulsion, as the House of Commons will vote next Monday to support the report of the Discrimination Committee, either supporting the imposition of sanctions on Johnson or rejecting it.