Well, it wasn’t that bad, the report. I’ve read it and will give you the link as it’s an easy read of only 12 pages, two of which are blank. She doesn’t (can’t) give the details but even so she’s pretty damning. Hell, yes. See the quotes below. So it doesn’t get Johnson out of the soup, although guess what the refrain is now? Let’s wait for the police to report! And actually Sue Gray does have a fuller report, which Johnson says will be published in its entirety after the said police report comes out.
Yesterday the Commons was pretty explosive but I didn’t watch it in full – I hate that bear pit ethos of the shouting and booing, but the bits that I did see showed Tory MPs saying what a disgrace Johnson was and how they were taken for fools – amazing!
And yet he hangs on.
There is a really big time bomb waiting to explode with this police investigation. Think of it a Prime Minister under investigation by the police. And why? Here are a few quotes from the report:
“i) Against the backdrop of the pandemic, when the Government was asking citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some the behaviour surrounding these gatherings is difficult to justify.
ii) At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government, but also of standards expected of the entire British population at the time.
iii)…..There were failures of leadership and judgement by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office. Some of the events should not have been allowed to take place.
iv) The excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time…..”
The police will be investigating 12 of these gatherings and Sue Gray has handed over all her investigative material including digital information, documents and the data gathered from 70 interviews plus don’t forget 300 photographs. That’ll be interesting viewing.
The decent thing would be that Johnson resigns but apparently one Tory MP said that a screwdriver will be needed to prise his fingers away from No 10.
Penny Kocher, 1st February 2022