A furious Labour MP blasted Boris Johnson in the Commons today and said he wasn’t able to visit his dying grandmother due to the Covid rules, and asked why he did not sack Dominic Cummings.
Tamanjeet Singh Dhesi told MPs in the Commons today in an impassioned speech to Johnson that it’s “one rule for him and his chums and another for the rest of us plebs.”
He demanded an apology from the Prime Minister over “sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical government ministers” who defended Johnson’s chief advisor at the time for his 60-mile round trip to Barnard Castle during the first lockdown.
Dhesi told the Metro.co.uk, that many have felt “absolutely exasperated at the duplicitous and hypocritical nature of so many in government’ and that it ‘trickles down from the top.”
The Labour MP for Slough said he is happy that the Prime Minister offered him an apology, but it should not have taken more than a year after he went to Barnard Castle to “test his eyesight” over the Cummings “Specsavers saga.”
Johnson also did not sack the Health Secretary Matt Hancock over his affair where by he broke social distancing rules and had let the public down.
Hancock was caught having an affair with aide Gina Coladangelo after CCTV shows the pair embracing in a passionate kiss.
Dhesi said, “My grandmother whom I love dearly, was lying on her hospital deathbed and none of us were allowed to be there to comfort her in her final moments.
“I couldn’t even carry her coffin on my shoulders. I also had to endure the agony of watching, alone, online the funeral of uncle.
“And we were not there to comfort my brother-in-law’s father, who had somehow contracted Covid in a Slough care home, during his final moments.
“All this, because we followed government guidance. Having experienced such painful personal sacrifices, like many others.
“Imagine our collective disgust when in order to curry favour with the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, we see sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical government ministers lining up to defend the indefensible, saying ‘it’s time to move on,’ with some even having the gall to tell us that they too go for a long drive when they need to get their eyesight tested.
“What an absolute disgrace and they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
“So when is the Prime Minister finally going to apologise to the nation for not mustering up some courage and integrity for doing the honourable thing and sacking his chief adviser who so shamelessly flouted his own government guidance?
“He could have regained that lost public trust and confidence and he could have demonstrated that it’s not one rule for him and his chums and another for the rest of us plebs.”
The Prime Minister took to his feet and told MPs, “Perhaps the best thing I can say is how deeply I think I, the Government, everybody sympathises with those who have gone through the suffering described by the gentleman opposite.
“No one who hasn’t been through something like that can imagine what it must feel like to be deprived of the ability to mourn properly, to hold the hand of a loved one in their last moments in the way that the honourable gentleman describes, and I know how much sympathy will be with him.
“I take his criticisms most sincerely of the government and everything that we have done, but all that I can say is we have tried throughout this pandemic to minimise human suffering and to minimise loss of life.
“When he asks for me to apologise, I do.
“I apologise for the suffering that the people of this country have endured.
“Nothing I can say or do can take back the lost lives, the lost time spent with loved ones that he described and I’m deeply, deeply sorry for that.”