Sir John Main has accused Boris Johnson and his authorities of actions which can be “damaging at house and to our fame abroad”.
Sir John, a former Conservative prime minister, was commenting on the federal government’s dealing with of Owen Paterson, who stood down as an MP last week.
Mr Paterson, who had been an MP for twenty-four years, was final month discovered by parliament’s impartial requirements watchdog to have damaged lobbying guidelines throughout his £110,000-a-year personal sector work.
He had been going through a 30-day suspension from the Home of Commons, however he stop as an MP after the federal government deserted an try and set up a Tory-dominated committee to re-examine his case and the broader requirements regime.
Sir John stated: “I feel the best way the federal government dealt with that was shameful, incorrect and unworthy of this or certainly any authorities. It additionally had the impact of trashing the fame of parliament.”
The previous PM advised BBC Radio 4’s At the moment present: “There is a normal whiff of ‘we’re the masters now’ about their behaviour”.
“It has to cease, it has to cease quickly.
“I’ve been a Conservative all my life. And if I’m involved at how the federal government is behaving, I believe a lot of different individuals are as nicely.
“It appears to me, as a lifelong Conservative, that a lot of what they’re doing is un-Conservative in its behaviour.”
“This authorities has carried out a variety of issues which have involved me deeply: they’ve damaged the regulation, the unlawful prorogation of parliament.
“They’ve damaged treaties – I keep in mind the Northern Eire Protocol. They’ve damaged their phrase on many events.”
Sir John’s opposition to Brexit has meant he’s no fan of Mr Johnson, and his personal authorities within the Nineteen Nineties additionally had its share of scandals, such because the ‘money for questions’ scandal.
However he stated: “When that occurred I arrange the Nolan Committee on Requirements in Public Life to cease it, which has been an enormous success.
“The hanging distinction is that this: within the Nineteen Nineties I arrange a committee to deal with this form of behaviour.
“Over the previous couple of days we’ve got seen as we speak’s authorities attempting to defend this form of behaviour.
“Sleaze is unacceptable, was unacceptable once I was there, and I suffered quite a lot of ache and anguish over it.
“It is unacceptable as we speak, and it must be stopped.”
Sir John stated that the federal government’s working majority had allowed Mr Johnson to deal with parliament “with contempt”, including that ministers had “behaved badly” in “methods which can be maybe politically corrupt”.