And so it came to pass: alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson personally fronted yesterday afternoon’s Downing Street media briefing, directly addressed the Cummings affair, declared that his chief polecat had done nothing wrong, and declared the matter closed. By this gesture, he believed he would end the speculation, head off further damaging enquiries. But his belief was unable to overcome reality.
And while the tone-deafness has extended to some of the right-wing press, the inmates of the Northcliffe House bunker have taken one look at their falling circulation figures, seen the growing anger among all those law-abiding Brits they claim to represent, and have broken ranks, with the Daily Mail mounting a spectacular exhibition of front page dissent.
“In the clearest way, Dominic Cummings has violated the spirit and letter of the lockdown. In doing so, he has given every selfish person a licence to play fast and loose with public health … Boris Johnson says he ‘totally gets’ how the public feel about this. Clearly, he totally doesn’t … Neither man has displayed a scintilla of contrition for this breach of trust. Do they think we are fools? … For the good of the Government, and the nation, Mr Cummings should resign. Or the Prime Minister must sack him. No ifs, no buts”. Ouch!
Moreover, that Tory backlash is real, and growing: yesterday’s eight MPs signalling their dissent has already doubled to 16. In addition, David Warburton is “unconvinced” by Bozo’s defence of Polecat Dom, and Ben Bradley has concluded that Cummings made a “bad decision”. Coming so soon after a General Election, this is not good news.
Bozo and Dom tried to bend reality to their will. Losing the Mail shows that they failed.