End this saga
THE Sun demanded an apology from Boris Johnson over the Downing Street party and yesterday we got it . . . kind of.
Saying sorry, admitting that he and No10 made mistakes, was the PM’s least bad option. At best, it has bought him a little time before civil servant Sue Gray rules on exactly what happened.
But his own regretful mitigation — that the garden bash was a “work event” he briefly wandered into — looks a stretch.
And the Tories surely fear that too many voters’ patience with Boris is now exhausted, regardless of whether the gathering is ultimately decreed to have been technically within his Covid rules.
Going to a party isn’t crime of the century, for all Keir Starmer’s theatrical efforts to portray it so. But voters loathe hypocrisy. It rankles with the vast majority, who made huge sacrifices to stick to the letter and spirit of the law.
The pressure is on Ms Gray, on whose judgement the Prime Minister’s fate depends. She must waste no time delivering it.
Because this circus — with No10 paralysed and a hysterical Opposition baying for blood — is a disaster for the country and cannot go on.
She must report swiftly and Boris must accept her verdict and its implications. And this Government, with at least two years still to run, must remember what it is for.
Beyond this dismal, drawn-out scandal it has a hugely optimistic story to tell about our world-leading exit from Covid — ironically thanks mostly to brave decisions taken by Boris.
It needs space to focus on that and all the other vast issues we face.
Andy in dock
IT is only right that Prince Andrew finally faces the music over Virginia Giuffre.
And that her sex abuse claims and his defence are tested in court under oath.
It has been unedifying to see the disgraced Royal hide out on the Windsor estate, desperately hoping his lawyers’ legal ruses would spare him.
But such tactics are typical of Andrew’s fatal cocktail of arrogance, entitlement and stupidity which have brought shame to his family.
That he ever befriended the vile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell was bad enough. That he visited the convicted paedophile even after Epstein’s jail term was sickening and insane.
And Andrew’s certainty that his car-crash interview with Emily Maitlis went well, even the supposed Pizza Express alibi and the tall tale about not sweating, exposed his staggering delusions.
Our sympathies are for the senior Royals, and the Queen especially.
She deserves her 2022 Platinum Jubilee year to be a historic, joyful triumph.
Instead, at 95 and recently widowed, she faces the trauma of Andrew’s civil trial — and new potshots from the Montecito malcontents Harry and Meghan.
If there is any consolation, it’s this: Her own support from the people will not waver whatever befalls her second son.
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