Johnson makes a plan for other people to resign through the partygate so he can keep the job


Boris Johnson compiles a list of officials who will offer resignations through partygate in order to resolve their position as Prime Minister, The Independent he learned.

The plan, dubbed “Operation Save Big Dog” by the prime minister himself, includes efforts to determine which heads should be turned after the announcement of senior official Sue Gray’s findings, as well as highlighting the prime minister’s achievements, sources said.

Dan Rosenfield, Boris Johnson’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, his private secretary and author of the ‘BYOB’ email, were identified as possible departures.

While the inclusion of names in the plan is the subject of heated debate, the widely accepted idea is that at least one senior political nominee and senior official should be seen leaving Downing Street over the affair, as both groups share the blame, two Whitehall sources said.

This was said by a former minister from the Tory cabinet The Independent that, although they supported Mr Johnson, they believed that the reform no. 10 and parts of the Cabinet proved essential to be moved by the party. They said it would be “the least that repentance could be translated into action”.

The “save the big dog” plan includes a communication “network” before and after the investigation is completed. This includes lines taken by supporting ministers in press interviews, highlighting the remorseful prime minister and citing his achievements among the difficult decisions the pandemic is making.

The operation also includes sharpening support among supporters of potential leadership rivals, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and even former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt.

Mr. Hunt probably won’t get enough support to win the lead, but Number 10 aides believe he could play an important role in any leadership contest.

The plan reflects how precarious the situation of Downing Street and the Cabinet has become after a multitude of very detailed customer reports during Covid-19 limits.

On Friday, the former director general of the government working group Covid posted an apology on social media for keeping a drink in the cabinet during the coronavirus restrictions a few days before Christmas 2020.

Kate Josephs, executive director of Sheffield City Council, said she was involved in the investigation of senior civil servant Sue Gray and admitted that it was “a meeting … with a drink in our office”.

An apology from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace followed, according to reports from The Daily Telegraph two parties no. 10 on the eve of the socially distant funeral of Prince Philip. Officials declined to confirm or deny whether Boris Johnson knew about these parties after admitting to attending at least one drink party and being pictured at another. A spokesman for the prime minister said on Friday: “It is deeply regrettable that this happened at a time of national mourning and number 10 has apologized to the palace.”

It is unclear whether Downing Street admitted in its apology to the palace that it had violated Covid’s rules by socializing. One of the meetings was a party for the departure of Johnson’s director of communications James Slack, who said on Friday that “the event should not have happened when it happened”.

Downing Street also declined to comment on the existence of a plan to save Mr Johnson, but when asked about the name “Operation Save Big Dog”, a spokesman replied: “We don’t fully recognize the term.”


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