He also, it seems, fostered a culture of LAD BANTER within the Downing Street operation, to the extent that even those close to alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson were singled out for abusive characterisation and briefing. Bozo’s partner Carrie Symonds was not exempted from that abuse and briefing. Which is when it unravelled.
What appears to have happened is that Bozo was initially persuaded to promote chicken man Lee Cain to be his chief of staff. This was opposed vigorously by Ms Symonds, who is, let us not drive this around the houses for too long, a formidable political operator in her own right, as witness her defence of then boss John Whittingdale when Whitto was discovered to have had a significant relationship with a sex worker.
At that point, Cain and the Polecat made their fatal mistake: they encountered opposition, they briefed against it, throwing in a little abuse and smear as they went. This was their standard modus operandi; they made no exceptions for Ms Symonds.
However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, the Cain and Cummings smear operation against Bozo’s GF somehow found its way to the PM. Who might have forwarded those messages? Someone who was not there previously, and who was also opposed to the Polecat Massive? My Occam’s Razor is pointing in the general direction of Allegra Stratton, Bozo’s new press spokesperson.
The Telegraph has suggested that the LAD BANTER included calling Ms Symonds “Princess Nut Nuts”, which is not even mildly amusing. The effect of Bozo reading the smears, though, was even less so, as James Ball told, citing the FT’s report: “Johnson showed [Cain and Cummings] text messages that had been forwarded to Ms Symonds, who opposed Mr Cain’s appointment as chief of staff, to show they had briefed against her. He told them to get out and never return”. Dom reckoned without that missing link.
It’s entirely possible that Bozo had been blissfully unaware of the LAD BANTER, given his lazy attitude to the business of governing. What he needs to guard against now is trouble from the Polecat’s placemen, and there are several of them deployed around Whitehall. The FT talks of “Downing Street braced for revenge”. The Tel talks of those going around Bozo to get Michael “Oiky” Gove to have decisions taken.
That doesn’t mean Bozo is incapable of taking decisions. It just means that he might not take the decisions that the Polecat and his pal Gove wanted. It also means Gove might have to be sacked (again) if this particular boil is to be properly lanced.
All of which means that there will have to be more weeding out of the Tufton Street Tendency in the coming days and weeks if Bozo is to survive in Downing Street.
Carrie Symonds clearly likes her new home. And isn’t about to give it up just yet.
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