Once again, Prime Minister Johnsons Ethics Advisor Stops

Once again, an ethics advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned. The government in London announced the resignation of Christopher Geidt tonight. Geidt gave no reason for his departure in his official explanation, but he called it โ€œthe right thing to doโ€.

โ€œI am sorry to resign my position as an independent advisor, but this is the right decision,โ€ says Geidt. Yesterday, the adviser told a parliamentary committee that he was โ€œfrustratedโ€ at the lockdown parties, which were being held at the prime ministers official residence. โ€œResigning is one of the few, but blunt, resources that an advisor has,โ€ he said.

Against British media, Geidt referred to partygate, the scandal in which Johnson has been embroiled for a long time. According to Geidt, the question of whether the Prime Minister violated the ministerial code of conduct was a โ€œlegitimate questionโ€. In the case of serious violations of the Code of Conduct, resignation is common, but Johnson has always maintained that he operated within the code.

Downing Street sources tell the BBC that Geidts stepping up came completely unexpectedly. However, the station reports that he had already threatened to quit last month, when the report by top official Sue Gray about partygate came out. In the report, Grey expressed considerable criticism of the lockdown parties.

Not the first

Geidt is not the first ethics advisor to step up. Two years ago, its predecessor, Alex Allan, already gave it a shot. Allan cleared the field because Johnson did not intervene when a report said Interior Minister Priti Patel would have intimidated officials. Both advisors were appointed by Johnson himself.

Last week, Johnson survived a trust vote within his own party, allowing him to stay on as party leader (and prime minister). There is another parliamentary investigation, investigating whether Johnson misled the House of Commons in his answers to questions around partygate.