Boris Johnson said voters were tired of hearing about his “stuffing” when he played a bruise defeat in the by-elections as a “safety valve.”
The prime minister argued that people did not hear enough about “really important to them” issues.
His comments followed the resignation of Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden after the Tories lost their former bases in Tiberton and Honiton to the Liberal Democratic Party and Wakefield to the Labor Party.
Following a recent Tory rebellion by lawmakers over a party scandal, the loss rekindled questions within the Conservatives over Mr Johnson’s leadership.
Johnson, who told Sky News at the High Commissioner’s residence in Kigali, Rwanda, told Sky News:
“People were absolutely fed up when I heard about the stuffing, the cancellation of this endless thing, and wanted to hear what this guy was doing.”
He added: “When you are the leader of a country, good and bad, you have to think about the criticisms you receive.
“And you must realize that people inevitably feel frustrated when you are the head of government that dominates the country with the high inflation prices caused by rising energy costs.
“People fill their cars and curse them to do so.
“I understand that, we have to help them-and I understand the frustration of people.
“That is, what I’m saying is that politics is about allowing people to have a democratic safety valve, such as by-elections, to leave it to the government.
“But the leader’s job is, well, to say what is the really important criticism here.
“And looking back at what I was saying, I think people haven’t heard enough about what really matters for a long time.”
In a report that the backbench is maneuvering to drive him out, Johnson said:
“Focus on what’s important to everyone else and don’t talk about yourself.”
Voters say Boris Johnson is tired of hearing how he “stuffed” when he was defeated in the “safety valve” by-elections.Political news
Source link Voters say Boris Johnson is tired of hearing how he “stuffed” when he was defeated in the “safety valve” by-elections.Political news