Comment via daily mail: Time to find our sense of perspective
If a week has been a long time in politics, the past seven days must have seemed like an eternity for Boris Johnson. And unequivocally painful.
Attacked on all sides by the growing list of Downing Street drink parties that broke the rules, he gave every impression of a man falling into one of Dante’s circles of Hell.
To a large extent, he is the architect of his misfortune. It is now clear that he and his staff have openly and consistently violated the strict lockdown rules that they themselves issued.
Understandably, the country is angry. The Labor Party is in a cry of complete hypocrisy, and even among its deputies there are calls for his resignation.
But today this newspaper is asking, is it really in the interest of this country – or indeed the interests of the Conservative Party – to go?
Daily Mail Comment: If a week has been such a long time in politics, the past seven days must have seemed like an eternity for Boris Johnson. And unequivocally painful
We do not seek to downplay the harm caused by Partigate’s revelations. These jobs should not happen and Mr Johnson bears ultimate responsibility.
However, his apology on Wednesday was sincere and showed genuine remorse. So it is now up to the Cabinet Office Mandarin Sue Gray to determine whether the laws have been broken as well as the rules.
If the initial reports are accurate, their investigation will assign blame to those who allowed the parties to proceed but did not recommend any police intervention.
The big question, then, is whether the prime minister can rise from the ashes. His government has rallied behind him in recent days, with the notable exception of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, whose “support” has been suspiciously lukewarm.
The potential leadership candidate, Liz Truss, deserves to be commended for her loyalty yesterday, urging the country to accept her leader’s apology and “move on”.
Moving forward, of course, is the last thing Labor and the rest of Johnson’s enemies want.
They’d rather see him immersed in Partygate indefinitely, though the honorable thing would be to let him focus all his energies on running the country at this critical time.
Nearly erupting with piety, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer on Wednesday accused the prime minister of lacking all “moral authority”. However, it now transpires that just days after the April 16 parties in Downing Street, Sir Keir was drinking beer with a group of party members in the northern constituency office.
With difficulty, he claims it was a “business meeting”. The very defense he called “pathetic” when used by Mr Johnson. What a shameless hypocrite!
Comment via Daily Mail: But today this newspaper asks, is it really in this country’s interest – or indeed the interests of the Conservative Party – for him to go?
The BBC is also obsessed with bringing down the Prime Minister. Its groundbreaking platform today drove its postings yesterday on Partygate, while the shocking story of a prominent former Labor minister being funded by a Chinese spy has been turned into a spin-off. Neutrality – or shameful bias?
In determining Mr Johnson’s suitability to govern, voters and Conservative MPs must ignore the hype and consider Britain’s standing today, two years after the worst pandemic in modern history.
At a momentous moment, we learned yesterday that the economy has moved ahead of pre-Covid levels, while other European countries are still in recession.
Omicron infections are falling in every region of the country, proving Johnson’s brave decision not to reimpose the lockdown despite massive pressure from scholars and all opposition parties.
On most of the big decisions – vaccinations, jobs, protecting the economy and, of course, Brexit, which allowed us to create our own great vaccine program while the EU was hesitating – he has been proven right.
Shouldn’t that be enough to convince angry voters that they have every right to, to give him a second chance?