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Johnson’s plan to dodge resignation uncovered by media — RT World News

Britain’s Prime Minister is said to have decided which heads ‘should roll’ to enable him to survive the lockdown holiday scandal under a scheme dubbed ‘Operation Save Big Dog’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working on a plan to help him survive as head of government following an investigation into parties his office allegedly ran in breach of Covid-19 rules, The Independent has reported. .

The Prime Minister, who would be personally involved in developing the plan, dubbed it “Operation Save the Big Dog” reports the newspaper on Friday. The scheme would involve a significant “root and branch” government reshuffle, which has already been reported by other UK media, but also includes a list of other officials who are expected to step down due to what has since become known as ‘Partygate’.

The list would include among others Dan Rosenfield, Johnson’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, his private secretary. Downing Street also believes that at least one senior politician and one senior civil servant will have to opt for Johnson himself to stay in power, according to two Whitehall sources quoted by The Independent.

Such personnel decisions would be a “the bare minimum to translate contrition into action”, a former Conservative minister told the newspaper. Letting heads roll isn’t the only way Johnson is mitigating the fallout from an internal investigation launched by senior civil servant Sue Gray following the scandal, however.

The ‘Save Big Dog’ plan would also see ministers back Johnson with public interviews praising his achievements and “hard choices” made during the Covid-19 pandemic. The program also includes finding out what support Johnson’s potential rivals in the Tories might garner among backbench MPs.

The list of leadership rivals includes Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and even former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, reports The Independent, adding however that Hunt is unlikely to garner enough support to win the race.

Johnson’s plan to dodge resignation uncovered by media — RT World News

Although the newspaper reported that cabinet officials referred to the program by its code name “Operation Save Big Dog”, Downing Street has not commented on the plan’s existence. “We absolutely do not recognize this sentence”, a spokesperson told The Independent.

The news emerges amid a scandal sparked by media reports of Johnson’s office hosting a number of parties in April 2021. Held in breach of national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the parties also took place just a night before the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.

Downing Street issued an apology to Buckingham Palace, but it is unclear whether it admitted the gatherings were in breach of Covid-19 rules. An internal investigation has been opened into a number of alleged parties. Police said they would await the results of the internal investigation before deciding whether to open a criminal case as well.

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