Boris Johnson is doing well and has a full understanding of the Prime Minister’s Office, Downing Street said his insane speech to business leaders on Monday, where he lost his spot for about 20 seconds.
People who saw the speech Johnson gave at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference were impressed with it, his spokesman claimed, adding that cabinet ministers could speak freely if they had any concerns.
The speech in the port of Tyne, which included a vocal impression of a driving car engine and a section on the lessons of capitalism and bureaucracy presented by the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig, gave rise to concerns from a number of Tory MPs.
Asked if Johnson “has a grip”, his spokesman replied: “Of course. I would point to the CBI itself, which, when asked about the speech, said leaders would be encouraged to hear the Prime Minister speak passionately about the role that the private sector is working in partnership with the government to achieve our common ambition of a highly educated, high-investment economy. “
It would be wrong to read too much in the part of the speech where Johnson paused for a long period and mixed the pages of his speech while mumbling, “forgive me” three times.
“The Prime Minister briefly lost his seat in the speech,” the spokesman said. “He has given hundreds of speeches. I do not think it is unusual for people in rare cases to lose their place in space.”
Johnson appeared to be battling a cold last week, but his spokesman insisted he was in good health and said: “The prime minister is doing well. He is focused on delivering to the public.”
The spokesman declined to comment It reports a BBC an unnamed “senior Downing St source” said there was “a lot of concern inside the building about the prime minister” and a sense that ministers should demand changes.
“I have seen a number of anonymous source quotes and I will, as you know, not respond to anonymous sources,” the spokesman said.
However, he rejected the idea that ministers felt unable to tell Johnson if they felt he was on the wrong track: the cabinet is used for that purpose.
“Obviously, the Prime Minister wants people to be able to speak freely and make their views known. That’s what cabinet meetings are for. It is part of the government’s function to have open talks. “
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