BBC Question Time: Alastair Campbell Tears Into Boris Johnson: 'He Has No Moral Compass Whatsoever'

"This country’s politics is going to be damaged possibly beyond repair."

Former Labour communications chief Alastair Campbell has blasted Boris Johnson for having “no moral compass whatsoever” – as he accused the prime minister of being a serial “liar” that encourages his ministers to do the same.

During his appearance on the BBC Question Time panel in Hartlepool, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor laid into Johnson as “sleaze” allegations against his government pile up.

Johnson was this week forced to dismiss suggestions Britain’s political system is corrupt at the crunch COP26 climate change summit.

A row over second jobs has exploded in the wake of the controversy about Owen Paterson being found to have broken the centuries-old ban on paid lobbying by MPs.

The latest outrage involves claims former Cabinet minister Sir Geoffrey Cox breached parliamentary rules by undertaking external work from his Westminster office.

On Question Time, Campbell was responding to comments made by the Tory MP Lee Rowley, and said he found Johnson’s comments “humiliating for Britain”.

As he has done on other media appearances, he highlighted a video by activist Peter Stefanovic, who appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain show when Campbell co-hosted some episodes in the summer.

Campbell accused the prime minster of “breaking” the ministerial code by “lying” in the House of Commons.

He said: “So if the prime minister consistently, regularly breaks the ministerial code, why shouldn’t other ministers think they can do exactly the same and get away with it?

“As Priti Patel has done, as Michael Gove has done, as Matt Hancock did until he got caught doing something not to do with his public duties.

“So I really think we have just got to face up to the fact we, sadly in my view, have elected a prime minister who has no moral compass whatsoever.

“I speak as somebody who has known him probably for longer than anybody else on this panel and I honestly believe unless and until the Conservative Party face up to the fact he is not, as Keir Starmer said, a trivial man, he is actually a bad man, and until people face up to that; this country’s politics is going to be damaged possibly beyond repair.”

Fellow panellist Tom Newton-Dunn, of Times Radio, claimed the issue was “cross-party” and pointed to Keir Starmer’s legal consultancy work soon after his election as an MP.


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