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Mark Steyn and me at the end of a febrile day in politics


THE Twitter direct message came at 10.35am on Wednesday. Would I be on Mark Steyn’s GB News show that evening? I replied: ‘On the ghastly Boris, the ghastly Conservatives and the ghastly MSM who enjoy every minute of this real life/country tragedy, I suppose?’ The reply whizzed back: ‘Yes, Mark likes your nuanced position!’

I couldn’t say no after that. But I’m afraid I didn’t quite deliver the ‘nuance’ he wanted. Watching Parliamentlive to see how our faker of a PM comported himself at the much-hyped PMQTs confirmed my view that, Partygate notwithstanding, he wasn’t going anywhere. This was all a media frenzy – an opportunity for theatrics, not a coup. Real ones happen before you know about them. The idea that Gove and Cummings or a bunch of unknown ‘red wall’ Tory MPs who’d marched in lockstep with Johnson’s now provenly pointless lockdown could bring him down didn’t add up. Did they really expect this compulsive actor to crumple back on his front bench and promise to resign? This is a man addicted to psycho-drama – in fact he thrives on it, as amply illustrated by his ‘bravura’ braggadocio statement to the House which included sufficient ‘concessions’ to bring any ‘Spartan’ plotters back on side.

David Davis’s almost weary ‘You have sat there too long for all the good you have done – in the name of God, go’ came over a year too late.

What it did was to expose the abandonment of the principle of ministerial responsibility (which Davis is one of the few MPs to understand and honour) that once would have had a Prime Minister caught out lying and employing double standards resigning on the spot. The truth is that few any longer care about or understand its fundamental importance. They reflect instead Johnson’s own modern moral liquidity, to borrow from John Gray’s explanation of the PM’s apparent immunity from scandal, and my guess is while that continues he is safe, as I tried to explain on the show:

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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