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Tuesday 25 January 2022

Don’t Tell Cabinet, Do Tell Guido

In a sure sign that panic is taking over behind the door of 10 Downing Street, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his coterie of ineptitude have begun to disintegrate, and the first seriously sized fissures have opened up in the area of information passing. The desperation is such that those prioritised for receipt of that information are not the cabinet, nor the Metropolitan Police, and certainly not Sue Gray.

It was telling yesterday evening that when the story of two more lockdown-busting parties emerged, the one part of the media landscape that kept schtum was the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. And so it remained until this morning, when The Great Guido suddenly, and miraculously, was gifted an exclusive.

At 0928 hours, the Fawkes blog told readersCressida Dick To Confirm Police Will Investigate Downing Street Parties”, concluding the post by adding “Downing Street has been informed of the planned change of stance”. At 1011 hours, they followed up with the confirmatory “Cressida Dick Confirms Met Investigation Into Downing Street Parties”.

Then came the real revelation: the Cabinet had been meeting, more or less at the same time that the Fawkes massive were congratulating themselves on their exclusive. But the news that had previously winged its way chez Fawkes somehow evaded all present in the Cabinet Room, the location where Bozo had been given his birthday surprise.

Sam Coates of Sky News had the confirmation of this latest highly selective dissemination: “Multiple sources confirm Boris Johnson didn’t tell his cabinet of the police investigation *despite knowing before cabinet started the announcement was imminent* … This has caused Cabinet incredulity, I understand … No10 says it was too ‘sensitive’ to share with cabinet”. It wasn’t too sensitive for someone to share it with The Great Guido, though.

Just to make sure his point got across, Coates emphasised “This means the cabinet were amongst the last people in Britain to find out about the police investigation into Downing Street”. They should have been the first to know. But don’t worry, because “Boris Johnson does not believe he broke the law, his spokesman said [belief over reality, eh?] … The spokesman wouldn’t repeat that all coronavirus rules were followed at all times”.

Paul Brand of ITV News, who had been first with the story of that double bill of lockdown-busting yesterday, mused on what Coates’ confirmation meant: “Cabinet currently leaving No 10 to discover the building they’ve just departed is now the subject of a police investigation”. Some maintained a discreet silence as they walked the Downing Street walk. Minister for times long past Jacob Rees Mogg attempted optimistic bluster.

And it convinced no-one: the scent of panic was palpable. How the news reached Staines and his pals first, and why it was kept from the Cabinet, may be a question for the Met’s investigation. But one fact is inescapable: as Peter Oborne put it when the Fawkes Twitter feed told “Cabinet members angry that they weren't informed of the news by PM”, “Translation: Downing Street told Guido before the Cabinet”.

When even the basics of passing information have broken down, it is beyond the point where the game is up. The retribution of former chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings is breaking Bozo’s régime apart. The final collapse can’t come soon enough.


Anonymous said...

The "final collapse" of the Bozo Circus may well "come soon".

But only the most gullible peon will believe it makes any measurable difference to the course Britain has elected to take.

This episode is merely a squabble between the factions who brought Britain to its present state of moral and administrative disintegration.

Britain won't sink giggling into the sea. It will sink with crew members hitting each other with rolled up copies of the Daily Heil and the Volkischer Sprechtator.

Anonymous said...

Tory arsewipe propaganda sheets. Written by torys for tories and Tory wannabes but never will bees

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Anonymous 17.39
Do you write 50 variants of this stuff in advance and then randomly release them for Tim's delectation over the following weeks?
No criticism intended, but a little variety, a little more light to accompany the shade, might make your efforts a a tad less indigestible.