Boris Johnson is hanging on to his job by a thread. Last week a fifth Downing Street adviser has resigned as even famously loyal members of Johnson’s inner circle desert the sinking ship. As Johnson’s behaviour turns to smears, fake news and false accusations, it is hard not to be reminded of an under-pressure Donald Trump. The publication of the outline of Sue Grey’s “Partygate” report revealed that, as we all suspected, rules had been broken and accounts were inaccurate, leaving the Prime Minister’s assurances to Parliament appearing to lack honesty and integrity. Of course, the belated involvement of the Met police means the full 600 page, 300 photo report is yet to see the light of day, but doubtless this damaging saga is not yet over.
As I said on Question Time, if Boris Johnson said it was raining, I’d have to go outside and check. If you missed my appearance on QT you can catch up in full here. And as I told Newsnight, Johnson has lied to Parliament, missed a critical meeting on Ukraine with Putin, and is missing in action on the gas and electric bills crisis. Boris Johnson is void of integrity and leadership. He must go. There’s no pleasure for me at all in seeing someone take the duties of their office so casually – in fact it feels like a source of great shame for the nation. Johnson’s attitude, behaviour and language are distancing the British people from their Government, and that is a deeply troubling phenomenon when we know too well the dangers anti-politics can bring.