According to legal documents, Prime Minister Boris Johnson disregarded his own national security guidance over the use of a personal mobile phone.
In recent years, Boris Johnson is alleged to have texted both Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and billionaire Sir James Dyson on his own mobile phone to discuss official business.
This is despite Boris Johnson and senior ministers being warned two years ago not to conduct government business on their personal devices or communication apps.
The revelation comes amid questions over minister’s extensive use of WhatsApp and other messaging apps when conducting government communications.
Ministers were issued with classified advice following the 2019 general election, warning them that both their personal mobile phones and email accounts were at risk of being hacked.
The document titled ‘The Security of Government Business’ was given to ministers after the Conservative Party’s election victory, and was marked ‘Official – Sensitive.’
A newspaper outlet reported that the document warned ministers that their personal IT wouldn’t be as reliable as that issued by government departments.
It also said they shouldn’t use personal devices, email and communication applications for government affairs at any clarification.
The advice issued to ministers was revealed as part of a legal case brought against the government by campaign group Foxglove and the non-profit organisation The Citizens, which were trying to stop ministers from making a major decision over apps like WhatsApp and Signal, where messages can be set to disappear.
Executive director of The Citizens Clara Maguire told a newspaper outlet that it was extraordinary that it had taken their legal action to uncover the fact that the government had a secret policy banning the use of WhatsApp messages and private emails for government affairs.
Cori Crider, Foxglove’s director, questioned whether Boris Johnson had ever bothered to read his own secret policy banning minister’s from using personal devices and applications.
Recent reports have unveiled the extent of minister’s reliance on their personal mobile phones, private email accounts and apps such as WhatsApp when conducting government business.
And it’s been reported that Boris Johnson and the Saudi prince texted about a possible Saudi backed takeover bid for Newcastle United football club.
Meanwhile, Mr Dyson is said to have messaged the Prime Minister to secure favourable tax arrangements for his staff coming to the United Kingdom to supply ventilators amid a shortage during the depths of the coronavirus pandemic.
Does Boris Johnson follow any of the rules? It appears not, and when are people going to accept that he doesn’t give a damn about the country or its people, and it seems that he doesn’t like to listen to anyone or anything – only his own voice!
Perhaps he was begging for some money because clearly, he can’t live on £150,000 but he expects the poor to live on shirt buttons, but yet the immigrants are given homes, health care and benefits amounting to far more than pensioners ever get – it’s no wonder they all want to come to the United Kingdom.
It’s time to get rid of scruffy bumbling Boris Johnson because he ignores what’s staring him in the face all the time and perhaps once people thought he was a smart man, an intelligent man with the veneer of a buffoon, but now people are realising that it was no veneer and the intelligence was abstract, and it’s no shock that gibbering Boris Johnson is cosying up to the moneyed.