Sue Gray’s “partygate” report is out and the BBC website reports:
Boris Johnson told MPs he took “full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch”, had been “humbled by the whole experience” and had learned lessons.BBC News, 25 May 2022
He is not though apparently intending to resign. If we give him the benefit of the doubt regarding his personal culpability, was he so incompetent or negligent that he failed to notice what was going on the staff he relies on to govern? Or is he simply a brazen liar, hoping that the nation will forget his crimes or get distracted by some other disaster?
I’m struggling to envisage a situation in which he has both the competence and integrity to hold the most senior political post in the nation. At best, how can he have more than one of those essential attributes? I suggest that every person who gets hauled over the coals for a mistake look their accuser in the eye and say “so what are you doing about Boris Johson?”. We need a Prime Minister who is willing to be held to a higher standard of account than what is often meted out to those on much lower rungs of responsibility.