Boris Johnson’s resignation as MP has seemed inevitable for so long that the seriousness of what triggered the process is easy to overlook.
So does another troubling thought: that many of those in his own party who cast him into the utter darkness were either avid participants in the lockdown bacchanals, or were apologizing for it.
Mr Johnson was finally forced out of office when he was told the Partygate inquiry into his behavior during lockdown was aimed at giving a gloomy view of the matter.
Even more egregiously immoral than the lockdown parties, however, was the fact that many conservative politicians viewed this deadly pandemic as a golden opportunity to make money.
While tens of thousands of British citizens died from Covid-19, these Tories were busy doing what Tories do by nature: committing financial murder amidst human suffering.
Dozens of party donors, as well as friends and relatives of senior Conservative figures, were given privileged access to contracts for the supply of vital PPE equipment.
No questions were asked about the alleged PPE suppliers’ staggering estimates. And no one seemed to care about the obvious risks to NHS frontline workers wearing protective gowns from confectionery manufacturers and other firms with no experience making these items.
In his delusional resignation letter, Mr Johnson insisted he had done nothing wrong and implied he had been the victim of a scheme by an alliance of anti-Brexit and Labor supporters.
He should, of course, look no further than those in his own party who hope his downing will avoid further investigation into their own evil deeds during the lockdown.
There are few forums worse than Twitter when the downfall of an unpopular public figure has occurred. Politicians abound with incoherent J’accuse rants.
Of course, much of this serves as a cover for their own failures and shady dealings. Some commentators consider it low-hanging fruit, good for a column or two, if they can brush up on their pseudo-liberal credentials, knowing no one will disagree.
They all frantically dive onto Twitter, trying to outdo each other when it comes to conveying wit and wisdom in 280 characters. Later, they’ll meet over a soy frappuccino to compare their accumulated likes and retweets.
Last night, in the midst of this torrent of hypocrisy, I came across a tweet that was unique in its succinctness, clarity and sincerity. Take a step forward: Bob Davis, Professor of Religious and Cultural Education at the University of Glasgow.
The professor, a reassuringly sane and sane voice on Twitter, said of Mr Johnson’s death: “Fine. A terrible Prime Minister. An incredibly flawed man ruled by his own passions – squandering what once could have been immense talent, immense privilege and limitless opportunity. Nobody is beyond salvation, but Boris Johnson is on the brink.”
SNP sauce train
MR. JOHNSON’s resignation is merely the epitome of the superficial opportunism currently plaguing all of our political parties and bourgeois elites. The SNP has ended a decade-long betrayal of its supporters by quietly abandoning independence and turning to the Devo Max. This is the preferred position of his weak pro wing, who wants the gravy train to roll a few more stops.
The board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was caught targeting grieving families who had complained about the treatment of their loved ones.
The messy deposit-return system has exposed the Scottish Greens as the most incompetent, amateur and costly political entity in the whole of the UK. And Sir Keir Starmer will never be more than a month away from abandoning another sacred tenet of socialism.
They know it’s bad when someone like Douglas Ross can speak for the majority of Scots by raising legitimate concerns about some trans activists’ uncanny obsession with accessing children.
Ferry well done
One of the SNP’s many failings in government was its inability to provide a functioning ferry service to communities in the Scottish islands.
And so it was heartening to learn that BBC Scotland’s eight-strong, publicly-funded investigative team have won a prestigious award for their latest documentary about the chaos and mishaps of the ferry crisis in Scotland.
This was indispensable public information journalism at its finest.
Long before BBC Scotland took an interest in the matter, readers of The Herald were being kept up to date on the looming ferry scandal by a series of reports from our own Martin Williams.
It’s nice to see print and broadcast journalists working side by side on the important stories.