How interesting that our war leader, Johnson, who only a few days ago went on a PR mission to Kiev has now perhaps briefly replaced the war narrative with his own irrepressible persona dominating the headlines, him being fined (along with formerly Dishi Rishi) for breaking the law he wrote on Covid lockdown. I wonder if Johnson will pay his fine himself or get a Tory donor to help him out? Clearly Rishi Sunak can afford to pay his own fixed penalty notice. Tory MPs are rallying around the Prime Boris Chump on the grounds that we’re in the middle of a war and it would cause all sorts of problems letting go of such a noble war leader at this juncture. Actually, WE are not in a war, nor are we at war—contrast our situation now with 1940 when we were at war with Germany and at a moment of crisis, e.g. the fall of France we swapped Chamberlain for Churchill. Tory MPs don’t wish to recall that episode since the immediate consequence was Churchill formed a national government with Attlee as his Deputy. The rest is history, as they say. So Tory MPs are clinging onto Johnson purely for partisan reasons (Oh! What a surprise!). For now, anyway. Dishi Rishi is clearly dished up, and Tory MPs will be genuinely concerned that a loose canon like Liz Truss could take the crown. Once again the country is prey to the vicissitudes of internal Conservative Party politics. The natural party of government.
Addendum: Watching Johnson trying to exculpate himself from his 'Partygate' guilt reminded me of Bill Clinton's infamous 'I didn't have sexual relationships with that woman.' I wonder if this new style of doing politics could be codified somehow, so that we all could know how far you can go these days in politics - and get away with it.
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