PARTYGATE IS OVER
BORIS Johnson, his wife and the Chancellor breathe a sigh of relief after being told they will not face further fines for parties breaking lockdown.
It will also comfort her that her devout tormentor Keir Starmer now turns to music for his own illicit, boozy socializing.
It’s fair to argue that a Prime Minister who dealt with (and intercepted) Covid, Brexit and the leveling-up agenda in 2020 could hardly monitor every glass of wine drunk in the offices of No 10 became. Especially when he wasn’t there.
However, the 126 fines imposed betray a culture of lawless devotion that many will say was inspired by the chaotic nature of the man at the top.
We suspect the forthcoming Sue Gray report will agree, although it is now highly unlikely that her findings will trigger any significant leadership challenge.
What the PM needs to do now is focus on what really matters for a country in the midst of an ever-worsening cost-of-living crisis.
Some Covid decisions were quick, clear and effective. . . the vaccines and vacations, for example.
The opposite has been the case in coping with rising fuel and food prices and a looming economic downturn.
Yes, it’s a global inflationary shock triggered by huge Covid spending and war. But the government doesn’t seem to have a clear idea of what to do about it.
Cabinet ministers and backbenchers freelance on television and radio broadcasting random, even contradictory, messages.
The debated windfall tax on oil companies – hardly a turning point anyway, given the relatively small sums it would save families – is supported in No. 11 but strongly opposed next door, where it is labeled “unconservative”.
Half the cabinet wants tax cuts, as The Sun has called for. The Treasury is fighting back.
Both Boris and Rishi Sunak say their power to help is limited. But what voters are seeing is a government that appears to be doing next to nothing about the worst economic crisis in a generation. They conclude that the Tories don’t care enough.
But they are not callous. You are paralyzed by indecisiveness.
Boris is no longer distracted by further Partygate fines. He must get the price crisis under control, decisively lower taxes and unite his government.
Despite his impressive handling of the war in Ukraine and the Covid calls he got right, neither is high on voters’ agendas.
Now it’s about getting our economy back on track, bringing inflation down and putting more money in people’s pockets.
That’s what you’re measured by, PM. Hardly anything else.
THWAITE IN GOLD
HUGE congratulations to lottery megawinners Joe and Jess Thwaite.
Their £184 million jackpot is truly amazing.
It will almost cover next month’s gas bill.
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