HERE’S an idea for everyone – if you are being questioned about anything at all, appoint a person in your employ to “investigate” and then refuse to answer any further questions until the “enquiry” has concluded.

What a great wheeze – must try that they next time the police or anyone else wants to question me, and see how far it gets me.

In my mind there is no question Boris broke the rules and then lied to parliament by saying “no rules were broken”, and if he continues to distort the truth of the matter or if the “enquiry” backs him in his belief that “no rules were broken”, we will all know what a slippery character he is and how he will use any means to get out of tricky situations. I cannot believe that an email sent out by his Principal Private Secretary was not known about and sanctioned by Boris.

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He reminds me of an octopus that has no backbone and so it can slide through even the smallest hole, or in Boris’s case loophole. This is a man who has spent his whole life getting away with it and who has been sacked twice for lying. I for one cannot see any reason why he should change now. Every single person who voted for him bears some responsibility for what is going on, and every Tory MP who does not speak up permits and promotes his behaviour.

Winifred McCartney

LAST year Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway paid a fine of kr 20,000 (almost £2000). She had arranged and held a 60th birthday party for herself for 14 people. At the time parties of only 10 persons were permitted. Prime Minister Solberg apologised profusely for her lapse, which had been investigated by the police.

Mike Fergus
Oslo, Norway

I WAS enraged, but not surprised, at the news of the invitation to Downing Street staff to enjoy the sun in Boris Johnson’s garden at the height of the lockdown.

This was at the same time that my 70th birthday party in a hotel with 40 close family and friends had to be cancelled. I spent my birthday sitting on my own in my garden. Luckily it was a sunny day – be grateful for small mercies! I was not able to go to the funerals of two close relatives; there was no closure.

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Yet Dominic Cummings was able to drive to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight. How many more infringements of the rules are we going to discover? There will be no consequences for Boris, he just springs back like a jack-in-the-box. The only way to get rid of this incompetent megalomaniac is independence. I write as one who voted No in 2014, but I will not make the same mistake twice.

Margaret Forbes

WHAT the actual heck is going on in the head of that sorry excuse for a politician that sits at the very heart of democracy in the uk?

There are days when nothing at all seems to happen then all of a sudden Johnson is the PM and every day is a free-for-all, with multiple stories all with subplots and offshoots.

It is very fair to say that the Johnson administration is slowly sinking; it is being dragged under by the sheer weight of their collective incompetence and of course their deceit. This all done apparently without any of them showing the slightest bit of remorse for the lives lost through bad decisions nor for the money wasted on vanity solutions during the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, as we all now know, team Johnson partied hard in and around 10 Downing Street. Who would have thought that the very seat of ultimate management in the UK would turn out to be party central?

Not one person of sound mind has any doubt at all that illegal gatherings took place under the very nose of Johnson and his security team. Because of that security it will be the easiest thing in the world to review logs as to who attended.

My standout moment from Tuesday – and a very tragic one at that – was when the DUP MP broke down whilst remembering the passing of his mother-in-law. Tragic to know that whilst the vast majority on this archipelago stuck to the rules, those at the very top of government did not.

The thing about the final days of empire is that those at the top seldom if ever realise that the end has come, and I speculate that is the position of the once all-powerful so-called elite that have their hands on the tiller. Surely now there is no way back for the Westminster model? Surely now the electorate of Scotland have had enough of them? Surely now our cause for independence is the only viable option left for us?

Our future is bright, independence is right. Or as the French would sing:

“To arms, citizens!
Form your battalions
Let’s march, let’s march.”

Cliff Purvis
Veterans For Scottish Independence 2.0

FOR all those calling for the dismissal of Mr Johnson, it’s time to get your thinking heads switched on.

Boris Johnson is the best example of the worst of the Westminster system of government and thus a poster boy for why independence is essential.

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Johnson isn’t the key issue. The problem is that our current “system” is so broken that someone like him can reach the highest office in the land. Let’s not pretend that he is the only one of his ilk ... he’s just unfortunate enough to be in charge at a time when the inherent weakness of the system has become so painfully obvious. Those waiting in the wings to maintain the status quo are cut from the same cloth.

He’s no more culpable than those who have represented their sponsors in the past. How much confidence did we have in team Cameron and Osborne? How much trust might we ever have in his replacement — no matter which party they come from?

Gus McSkimming