After This Site (and many others) reported that Boris Johnson’s policy advisor Munira Mirza quit her role – after 14 years with him – in disgust at his attempt to shame Keir Starmer for failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, a further three advisors have quit.
This is hardly a sign of good leadership.
But here are a couple of brainless Tory MP drones saying it’s a sign that Johnson is doing a brilliant job!
It’s almost as if the whips have sent out a message… pic.twitter.com/QhIR1Uswe4
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) February 3, 2022
I’ll tell you – but you won’t be happy with Boris Johnson when I’m done!
It seems the resignation of Munira Mirza actually rocked Johnson hard. She had been with him for 14 years and quitting in the way she did sent a very clear message that he should be ejected from office; no ifs, no buts.
It left him in a very difficult position, with his authority – and his ability to restore order to Downing Street – under serious question.
So he cast around for a way to at least appear to be exerting control – and his gaze fell on three other advisors: director of communications Jack Doyle, principal private secretary Martin Reynolds and chief of staff Dan Rosenfield.
All have been implicated in the Partygate scandal.
It seems Johnson reasoned that, if he pushed them out, he would present an appearance of acting decisively to restore order to Downing Street after the parties in which they were all involved.
Doyle and Rosenfield are said to have taken part in a party on December 18, 2020, and Doyle is said to have participated in at least one other event. Reynolds allegedly invited around 100 Downing Street staff to a “bring your own booze” party in the garden of 10 Downing Street in May 2020 when the UK was under strict lockdown.
Doyle is also known to have wanted to quit his job after two years in any event, and it is understood that Johnson had previously refused his resignation.
Accepting it now merely makes Johnson look like a scurrilous (as Ms Mirza put it) opportunist and that, rather than forcing anybody out, he is in fact finally letting them go – because it suits him, not them.
Similarly, Rosenfield and Reynolds may have resigned because they feel it is the honourable thing to do after the party revelations. That would lend credence to allegations that these events took place, of course, in contravention of lockdown rules.
So instead of forcing out people who broke the rules, in order to restore order at Number 10, it seems Johnson is instead trying to spin the loss of three top advisors to his advantage.
It won’t work – or shouldn’t, in spite of the best efforts of nobodies like Stuart (who?) Anderson and Chris (who?) Clarkson.
The reason is clear:
No matter why they went, the four resignations mean Johnson has removed the entire top layer of management at 10 Downing Street, isolating himself from his party and showing he lacks any management ability at all – when he should be trying to show strong leadership. And there are plenty of us who can see that.
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