Boris Johnson threw a protective ring around Priti Patel when the Home Secretary was found guilty of bullying junior staff.
The Prime Minister looped another on Robert Jenrick, a Cabinet Minister who unlawfully tried to save a Tory donor from a £40million+ tax bill on a huge property deal.
Matt Hancock’s got so many protective rings the Health Secretary resembles the Michelin Man.
Johnson popped them on Dominic Cummings, most notably after Covid rule breaking, until the spivvy Brexit con men became mortal enemies.
And a PM slipping a ring at the weekend on his latest wife, in a whitewash wedding he’ll hope distracts from serious problems, forever deploys evasion and deceit as personal protective rings.
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Denied a protective ring were the care homes turned into killing fields by a dishonestly incompetent PM and Health Secretary.
That slippery Cummings is an unreliable witness didn’t invalidate evidence that tens of thousands, in and out of care homes, died needlessly during the pandemic, the Conservative Government failed and Johnson’s unfit to be PM.
The majority of those unnecessarily lost lives were the poor and old, deaths in poorer areas four times those in the richest, as highlighted by Resolution Foundation think-tank chief Torsten Bell. Johnson so obviously looking after himself and his own at the cost of everyone else will eventually snap the patience of the electorate.
Pollster Opinium finding Johnson’s approval rating tumbling 12 points to -6%, almost as low as Keir Starmer’s -9%, suggests the public does care about what Tory strategists self-servingly dismiss as Westminster insider stories.
No PM fools all of the people all of the time. Some of the people who were fooled some of the time will begin to resent Johnson. Maybe it’s started.
Cummings isn’t a sympathetic character but when thieves fall out the truth can emerge.
As Hancock’s Labour shadow Jonathan Ashworth so devastatingly put it, either Cummings’ explosive charges are true or Johnson must explain why he took a fantasist and liar into the heart of Downing Street.