The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether Johnson has allowed donors from his conservative party to pay the cost of the exorbitant renewal. Johnson’s former advisor Dominic Cummings said last week that the prime minister planned to secretly use donor funds to renovate the 11 Downing Street apartment.
When the BBC public broadcaster on Sunday asked the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party whether Johnson should leave if it turns out he has gone with the hat to pay for the renovation, Ross said, “Of course.” “I think people can subject the top officials in this country to the highest standards,” Ross said. “It’s wonderful that research is underway to answer these serious questions.”
Renovation may cost 200,000 euros
Johnson is allowed to spend £ 30,000 (€ 34,000) of government money annually at his official residence. He pays additional expenses himself, which would have been significant in this case. British media have written that the renovation could cost around £ 200,000.
The prime minister’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, is said to have led the renovation. She reportedly hated the style of former Prime Minister Theresa May, one of Johnson’s rivals in the party. As far as is known, he did not invest his own money in official residence.
Gold wallpaper is very expensive
Carrie Symonds would have chosen, among other things, very expensive gold wallpaper. In British newspapers it is now called “Carrie Antoinette”, referring to the wasted French Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793).
Left-wing The Mirror wrote on Sunday that Johnson has also asked party donors for money to pay his baby’s nanny with Symonds. According to the Sunday Times, Johnson would need £ 300,000 a year to make ends meet with current spending habits. That would make the prime minister’s life very impressive: his salary is £ 157,000 a year, more than five British average annual salaries, which puts him in the top 2 per cent.
A critical columnist for the left-wing Guardian newspaper commented this week that Johnson should stick to the same mantra that his party regularly says to the poor in Britain: “If you can’t afford it, you can’t get it.”
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