Gary Neville tells CWU Johnson must go … but rules out entering politics himself

Former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has ruled out entering politics.
Speaking at the CWU Twitter Spaces this evening, the Sky pundit told the audience of more than 1,500 of listeners: “I must admit I get more tempted [to enter politics]. The more I see him [Boris Johnson] in office and the more I see that he’s not held to account in the way in which I feel he should be held to account, but I’m not naive enough to think also that I wouldn’t get eaten alive if I did step in.
“But I have to say I have been drawn into politics in the last 12 to 18 months because of my belief that the leader of our country should view us as a team.”
Neville went on to say Boris Johnson would ignore the young players in the team, the older players, the international players and the injured players, concluding: “He would only look after the star players, the elite.
“But the problem is in a team, and in this country, everybody needs looking after. Great leaders look after everybody equally whilst giving those individual elements of the team the sort of bespoke treatment that they need to be able to perform and to succeed.
“The idea that we can’t look after each other, that we can’t demonstrate compassionate and empathy to every single part of this country, to every single person in this country, who all have different challenges and situations, is just madness. It’s my biggest problem at the moment is that we’re being divided constantly, and the Prime Minister thrives on division.
“And it gets to the point where the population of this country is sane and knowledgable, but we get to the point where we actually begin to doubt ourselves  because of the amount of confusion this guy creates. We have to change the leader of this country very quickly because we are regressing here like you wouldn’t believe. The standards are dropping to such a level that I’ve never seen anything like it.
“A change of politics  a change of leadership, a change of thinking. Bacak to what would be the principles we were all brought up on by our grandparents. They would be honest. They would be truthful. They would demonstrate integrity. They would own up if they made a mistake. They would try their very best every day. This guy’s lazy. He’s a chancer, so I speak at sometimes with a little bit of rawness and emotion but I found myself getting more angry, more drawn into it.
“Do I feel like getting drawn into politics? I do sometimes. I get a little bit of an itch. I probably won’t enter politics in the end because I think once I get to the door I’ll have a peek through and think ‘Not sure about that’ but I do feel passionate about what’s happening at this moment in time.”
Earlier he said: “Workers in this country at every single level are being let down by this government. And Boris Johnson doesn’t just take down people within his own team, which we’ve seen in the last weekend in the last few months, in the last 18 months. And that can be his closest aides. He’s taking us all down.
He shared his memories of postal workers when he was growing up, comparing them to police officers and teachers because he knew he could trust them, saying: “I’ve always seen postal workers in this country with a feeling of security. You see them walking down the street. They’re not just delivering your post, they’re someone you can actually collaborate with, someone you can trust, someone that you can communicate with.
“When I think of Boris Johnson, I wouldn’t want him as my postman. I wouldn’t want him as my the teacher of my children. I wouldn’t want him as a as a carer of a relative. I wouldn’t want him to be somebody who held the position of authority of responsibility in my life, whether that be my accountant or my lawyer.”
“It’s terrible what’s coming out of #10: we have a man in charge of our country who doesn’t know whether he’s had a party. Whether there’s been a party in his own house. Just think of that. He doesn’t know whether there is a party occurred in his own house.”
UCU general secretary Jo Grady also joined the call to give her union’s solidarity, as did Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.
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