The Episode “Peerages for pals: The Boris Resignation Honours List.” of “The News Agents
It’s hard to imagine leaving a job in disrepute but then giving 20 of your mates a top honour that allows them to create the laws of this country. Well, maybe it isn’t that hard to imagine. It’s what Boris Johnson appears to have done with his Resignation Honours List.
Lara Spirit of the Times tells us that four sitting MPs want to accept peerages without immediately giving up their seats in the House of Commons. That’s a constitutional clash for a start. And then there’s the advisors who have barely reached their thirties who are being offered the mother of all accolades in the mother of all parliaments.
Do we really want our laws being made by a bunch of the former PM’s friends? We speak to Leader of the Opposition in the Lords, Baroness Angela Smith. And, after the latest revelations about Charmer-in-Chief Gavin Williamson – who told a senior civil servant to ‘slit his throat’ but denies it was bullying – we ask what it takes to NOT get an honour from this government.
Socials: Georgia Foxwell
Video: Will Gibson-Smith
Production: Gabriel Radus
Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes
Executive Producer: Dino Sofos
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