Public opinion is swinging wildly against Boris Johnson over the allegations that a huge Christmas party was held in 10 Downing Street last December. But how far does it have to swing before his Tory colleagues stab him in the back and find another leader?
We all know what’s happened by now: a video clip has been made public, showing Downing Street staff laughing about a party at Downing Street on December 18, 2020, and discussing how to lie about it if questions are ever asked.
The revelation that government officials, and possibly ministers, were whooping it up at a time when the rest of London was in Tier 3 lockdown and people were dying alone because of social distancing restrictions they had helped impose, has provoked a wide variety of responses.
Some have been humorous (be warned that the first clip includes part of the Wham! track Last Christmas, so if you’re playing Whamageddon you may not wish to hear it. The second clip is also based on that track but isn’t the track itself so you should be okay):
— Spoofed (@spoofed_uk) December 8, 2021
Last Christmas, they laughed while you cried… pic.twitter.com/0Fr9475wfv
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) December 8, 2021
Some have been incredulous:
Let me get this right. The Cabinet Secretary is going to investigate a party which didn't happen, but which he attended. He will then take his findings to Spaffer, who will decide whether to take the report to the Met – who have already decided not to investigate!!!😂😂
— Sarah Pegg🏴#RepublicofScotland (@sarahpegg9) December 8, 2021
If you’ve got the power to check security tapes and visitor logs
Are you complicit @metpoliceuk?
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) December 9, 2021
Funny how the media can find Matt Hancock having a fumble in a locked room, yet 50 people can have a party in actual 10 Downing St and not a single lobby journalist hears about it for a year.
Unbelievable some would say.
— Guy Fawkes (@blunted_james) December 9, 2021
And some have been acidic:
John Bercow – "I'm sorry to say it, but I've known 12 Prime Minister's in my lifetime & by a country mile Boris Johnson is the worst… this guy stinks in the nostrils of decent people" #GMB pic.twitter.com/V2PIUAVF6M
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) December 10, 2021
But the only response that really counts is the effect on the electorate’s voting intention – and it’s not looking good for the Tories:
🚨 | NEW: Westminster Voting Intention
LAB: 40% (+1)
CON: 34% (-2)
LD: 10% (+1)
Via @Survation, 8th-9th Dec
Changes w/ 1st Dec
— Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) December 9, 2021
This is a reversal of the usual situation, which puts the Tories on around 40 per cent and Labour in the low 30s. Keir Starmer has certainly done nothing to make this happen so the responsibility lies entirely with Johnson.
And with the media full of people in North Shropshire telling us how they’re planning to turn their back on the Conservative by-election candidate because of Johnson, it may be only a matter of days before Tory MPs decide to ditch him.
It’s what they always do, when a leader becomes a liability. And there’s ample evidence that that is what he has become.
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