Hunting

Voters are fed up with the hunt for Labour’s legalistic Boris

For a confident opposition leader who truly believes in what he and his party have to offer, the way to approach a prime minister hit by crises and scandals is obvious: you call for a general election.

“Let the people decide” is a battle cry that is hard to argue against and that underscores a politician’s respect for democracy and the instincts of the electorate.

It is therefore telling that Keir Starmer has so far taken no such approach to the partygate scandal, instead reveling in new twists in the official investigative process – from Cabinet Secretary to Sue Gray to Metropolitan Police – and Continually demanding Tory MPs drop PM.

Much like when he was one of those leaning on the legal establishment to thwart Johnson’s efforts to enact the Democratic will on Brexit, Starmer once again expects the processology to weed out a opponent that Labor has never been able to defeat at the polls. Even now he has a handy lead in the opinion polls, sticking to the approach of a lawyer rather than a leader.

And it’s not just Starmer who seems obsessed with enacting Johnson’s impeachment by order of the establishment. The same goes for most of the broadcast media who run their newscasts on the latest heart-pounding accounts of social gatherings in issue 10 day after day, week after week, whatever else is happening in the world . Again, the atmosphere is reminiscent of the peak of the effort to block Brexit in the fall of 2019.

Despite the sips that will have been caused throughout Downing Street by the police who have launched an investigation into his partying ways, I feel that the fury towards Boris Johnson is starting to dissipate, at least among Tory minds . Conservative MPs are certainly reporting a decrease in email volumes on this. Last night Tory thinker Phillip Blond tweeted: ‘Go out with 12 Tory MPs tonight across the party – all think Boris will win a vote of confidence and hopefully reorient his government around a real agenda of the red wall and all will feel the alternatives to Boris Johnson are worse.

It was not thanks to the efforts of some of the PM’s supposed allies such as Conor ‘ambushed by a cake’ Burns or Crispin Blunt, who decided to aim his guns at the general British public, accusing millions of them for having flouted the containment laws themselves. YouGov polls indicate how far off the mark this is, with YouGov finding that 68% of people have never knowingly broken lockdown rules at any time in 2020. There is no doubt that conservative-leaning households , who tend to be older and more law-abiding than average, will feel particularly aggrieved by Blunt’s wrongful accusation. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Johnson of course has many enemies, even on his side. Ruth Davidson, a former Tory leader in Scotland and none of his admirers, tweeted that her partner shared a birthday with the Prime Minister and she recalled her own experience of the day of her tea party at No 10 as follows: ‘We have it marked in 2020 by inviting another household to sit outside, socially distanced, in our garden. It didn’t occur to us – we literally couldn’t conceive – that we were going to act outside the rules.

One of my relations happens to have a birthday around the same time and we did the same thing. And it was very pleasant under the sun of this glorious beginning of summer. But that’s just a reminder of the first lockdown and the fact that most of us weren’t desperate to get together in large groups indoors to party, but were actually locking ourselves in for self-interest – to keep us safe from a deadly plague that had descended from the proverbial clear blue sky.

Johnson and his entourage weren’t given the opportunity to cut themselves off from their work colleagues, which is probably why so many of them – Matt Hancock, Chris Whitty, Dominic Cummings and the PM himself – contracted Covid during the first wave, when the treatment was trial and error and the death rate was at its highest. Unsurprisingly, the tallest man among them had the worst and nearly died.

If Boris Johnson has knowingly broken his own lockdown laws and is being prosecuted for it, of course he will have to go. If Sue Gray’s long-awaited report condemns him enough, there’s still a good chance Tory MPs will overthrow him via a vote of confidence. But none of these prospects now seem very likely to me. Johnson would appear to have some sort of alibi for all major lockdown offenses – saying it from a senior official in the garden party case, not being there for the Christmas party and leaving back, having a surprise birthday gathering that was inflicted on him by his probably well-meaning half on June 19, 2020.

Given what his administration demanded of the rest of us, he deserves a slap on the wrist and perhaps being branded by voters for presiding over some sort of “drinking culture,” with his own recourse. immediate to the bottle of wine during working hours. likely to have been taken as a signal by others among the approximately 200 people based in the large office building also known as 10 Downing Street.

But to be driven from office over the heads of voters by Keir Starmer’s monstrous regiment of finicky lawyers? I really don’t think so. As Jacob Rees-Mogg was probably trying to suggest in his erroneous statement that a general election should necessarily follow any forced impeachment of Johnson, politicians and the media would do well to remember that in a democracy the most important mandates are given by people.