Whoever's advising Bozo isn't doing very well
Added to this is the shameless opportunism of those not unadjacent to Michael “Oiky” Gove and the Lady Macbeth-like figure of his wife Sarah “Vain” Vine, the sensing of a potential vacancy at the very top of the greasy pole, should Bozo come totally unstuck. Bozo, or someone on his behalf, is still briefing the press. But so is Team Polecat.
So while the Murdoch Times leads with “Cummings still in frame as lockdown leaks ‘rat’ … Whitehall dismisses claim former aide has been cleared”, which sounds rather like a briefing from Team Bozo, the Daily Mail has raised the PM a whole stack of chips with “War Of Downing St … BORIS: LET THE BODIES PILE HIGH IN THIER THOUSANDS … PM’s incendiary remark during fight over lockdowns is latest claim in No 10 drama”.
Take your choice - team Bozo for the Times ...
And that one sounds very much like it was briefed by Team Polecat, especially when you read a little of Simon Walters’ article. “Downing Street last night strongly denied the Prime Minister made the comment, insisting it was ‘just another lie’. But those who say they heard it stand by their claim … It allegedly came after Michael Gove warned Mr Johnson that soldiers would be needed to guard hospitals overrun with Covid victims”.
Oh lookee here, people, it’s Oiky! The Polecat’s old boss, responsible for Cummings' arrival on the scene. Do go on. “He agreed to fresh restrictions but his frustration is said to have boiled over after the crucial meeting at No 10 in October. ‘No more ****ing lockdowns - let the bodies pile high in their thousands!’ he is alleged to have raged. The Prime Minister is also reported to have made similarly blunt observations during the crisis”.
... and Team Polecat for the Mail
On top of all that is the increasingly murky business of how the refurbishment of the flat above 11 Downing Street - the one occupied by Bozo and fiancée Carrie Symonds - was paid for. This could have been cleared up by Liz Truss, another of Bozo’s over-promoted ministers, when she appeared on The Andy Marr Show™ yesterday.
Sadly, this was above her pay grade. Why, Marr asked, did Cummings even mention it? “My understanding is the costs have been covered by the prime minister and everything is being fully declared in line with the rules” responded Ms Truss. Marr saw an opening. “Did a Tory Party donor lend him the money beforehand?” Come on Liz! “As I said, he is covering the costs and it’s been complied with fully”. So that isn’t a No, then.
And don't forget who's waiting in the wings
dd in this from the Mail: “But an ally of Mr Cummings said the PM’s former chief adviser had taken a treasure trove of material with him when he left Downing Street … ‘Dom has stuff on tape,’ the ally said. ‘They are mad to pick a fight with him because he will be able to back up a lot of his claims. He used to tell advisers to record things all the time - discussions with officials. He has also kept a lot of his correspondence.’ … A Whitehall source yesterday said officials did not know the full extent of the material” and it’s bad.
And right before a round of elections, too. Bozo usually has someone to deal with that kind of stuff. But that someone may have been the Polecat. On whom he just declared war.
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