‘Change is good’ says Boris after staff quit

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of No10 Downing Street. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minster Boris Johnson quoted from The Lion King, insisting “change is good,” as he rallied his team in an uplifting meeting in the Cabinet Room this morning after five recent resignations at No 10.

The Prime Minister channelled the philosopher monkey Rafiki in the Disney film as he boosted morale in a speech to aides on Friday morning.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson acknowledged the “challenging” situation after the resignation of one of his longest-serving advisers, Munira Mirza but was keen to get back on the “pitch” and move forward.

According to reports in the media, Mirza quit in anger over Mr Johnson’s use of a Jimmy Savile smear against Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. However, some political pundits are asking whether she handed in her resignation before she was fired after alleged Downing Street parties.

A Downing Street source told the Conservative Post:

“There’s more to it than meets the eye at the moment. I’m sure the full story will come out in time but let’s just say the people who the Prime Minister needs on side, are on side.”

Chief of staff Dan Rosenfield also handed in his notice, as did principal private secretary Martin Reynolds and communications director Jack Doyle and policy adviser Elena Narozanski who were all also implicated in the partygate scandal.

Speaking to his team in the Cabinet Room as others tuned in on Zoom, the Prime Minister said:

“As Rafiki in The Lion King says, change is good, and change is necessary even though it’s tough.”

Rafiki’s quote comes from a scene in The Lion King after main character Simba flees his pride following his father’s death, orchestrated by his uncle Scar, with the mandrill convincing Simba to return and take his rightful place as king.

Asked if Mr Johnson has seen the film, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t know.”

Mr Johnson was also said to have given his inspiring “half-time pep talk” in which he talks about spitting out the “orange peel” and getting back on the “pitch.”

He delivered the same message to his Cabinet in September last year after carrying out a cull of his top team.

Speaking to journalists, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:

“The Prime Minister has acknowledged it’s a challenging time as we go through a period of change but as he reiterated to the whole team today, there is an important job to do, the public expects us to be focused on it, whether it is the situation in Ukraine, recovering from the pandemic or, as the Chancellor was setting out yesterday, on issues such as cost of living.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Now get on with the job and stop playing about with those losers now is the time for all great men to do their duty

  2. Boris needs to be in control of the country he is doing so many deals with other countries to secure our country to be strong that for him to go it would be disastrous for the country so Boris carry on get rid if the back stabbers and see us through this bad time

  3. He’s actually a strong determined leader,coping with all the trivial accusations and working through his private heartache and stressful health issues. The man is my hero and I sincerely wish him to carry on

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