Anger will grow as people hear untruths from No. 10



“Creeping doom” are not the words you want colleagues to use when describing your employment opportunities. So what happens now?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s worst case scenario involves investigator Sue Gray concluding that he broke Covid-19 laws by attending lockdown parties; The Metropolitan Police Service investigates and considers retroactive fines; dismissals from several close advisers; poll damage; letters of no confidence from his MPs; and eviction from 10 Downing Street.

What a stupid way to waste the office it would be.

We were not given room to interpret the law as we saw fit. Many tens of thousands of families never got to say goodbye to their loved ones in person, nor could they comfort each other at funerals.

The Prime Minister’s better scenarios involve a money laundering of Sue Gray, or at least she concludes sweepingly that there is a culture of random crime; public outcry; no Met query; disciplinary measures for officials; lasting damage to his reputation among Tory MPs; but Britain returns from Omicron, and voter fatigue sees him roll on to the next election, with inflation and cost of living dominating right outside the door.

The people who organized and attended Downing Street parties broke the social pact that most people in this country signed in March 2020: that we would bring mutual sacrifices to protect others as well as ourselves.

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We were not given room to interpret the law as we saw fit. Many tens of thousands of families never got to say goodbye to their loved ones in person, nor could they comfort each other at funerals.

Some people’s relationships even suffered and broke down. The police enforced the laws written in No. 10.

The basic principle of justice that has characterized the British public’s reaction to Covid-19 was ignored – and anger will grow as people hear untruths from Downing Street.

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