For Boris, is this the beginning of the end?" This question is answered in full by the headline on his own newspaper's front page: As soon as he was born, he was doomed to fail because of his fatal faults. When and how do we know this? No matter how many times he defies gravity, he will eventually succumb to it.
He wasn't elected because of his weight. To be fair, he was chosen as a party man to brighten people's spirits, so it is no surprise that he and his wife had an £850-a-roll roll of gold wallpaper in their party mansion. As long as there are seven or eight of them, who cares? Who would you choose to join your gang? What party would you attend? Who would you drink with at the local pub? They had it all, from the glossy aristocratic circle, to the video games and country suppers, to the glitter of Eton: it was all there. If we didn't have 20 Old Etonian prime ministers, what was the point? Miserable Theresa May's mood was sombre and she fell to her knees. How much of Boris Johnson's charisma is too much?
A lot of news broke today. Downing Street's celebration was described as "rat-arsed," "raucous," and "raucous" by the media, which included some of the PM's most senior advisers. Despite his repeated denials, no one believes the party guy was unaware of what was going on. Another six parties are reported to have occurred at Downing Street when the country was under heavy restrictions, according to the Times. A Christmas-themed party at CCHQ apparently "became so wild that a door was destroyed," according to reports. The Metropolitan Police Department claims there's nothing to see here.
As a result, the Conservative Party is currently suffering from the "mother of all hangovers," according to reports. However, while voters can be unpredictable, they have always had an instinctual cautionary principle that seems to be completely foreign to the prime minister. "One law for them, and another for the rest of us" has become a common refrain because it's so blatantly true. Even the Conservative press now employs it.
According to Keir Starmer's head of strategy Deborah Mattinson, the same view was expressed by Conservative voters in Stevenage on Wednesday night. There was a lot of discourse about the sacrifices they had made, about obeying the rules, and about how they were angry by the Downing Street parties. Savanta ComRes, a polling firm, revealed that 83% of people polled believe the public has been let down.
By virtue of Yvette Cooper, Wes Streeting and Lisa Nandy's hard-hitting new frontbench, Labour looks formidable and is regaining some credibility according to public opinion polls. In their minds, the new year is going to be a good one.
Downing Street's embarrassment and the new Omicron-inspired laws have enraged the Conservative backbenches, while the usual suspects continue to howl against them. As for the Tories, things are just going to get even worse. National insurance premiums are expected to rise in April, putting the NHS on a gurney in A&E as waiting lists skyrocket.
The cost-of-living crisis is expected to worsen in the coming months. According to Mattinson, between a third and a half of the working-class voters who switched to the Conservatives in those red-wall districts are on universal credit, which means they are taking a £20-a-week hit. New Tory MPs are enraged and restless because they don't want to be associated with Boris Johnson's decadent escapades, such as Etonian parties, lobbying corruption and crony contracts. Tory MPs will be counting the votes they're certain to lose in North Shropshire against their dwindling majority next week.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the end. Johnson's prognosis is uncertain, although most believe he will continue to limp on. Despite the fact that the Conservatives have a history of beheading its own, he is still seen by most pollsters and analysts as a better choice than Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss. And privately, Labour would rather confront one of them in the next general election than face the slick liar who manages to brush up his absurd promises so nicely in the election campaign..
In Ben Page, Ipso Mori's chief executive officer, a pail of cold truth is always on hand. That's who they elected: the liars' lies were always factored in. A year ago, trust in politicians was at the same low level as it is now, according to Ipsos' annual verifiability index. Labour is currently neck-and-neck with the Conservatives in terms of voter intention, but at the same stage in 2012, Labour was 12 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives and still lost three years later. Conservatives still hold a commanding advantage over the rest of the field in terms of economic and political competence. The enormous death toll from Covid seems to have little effect on the country's blitz-like attitude, despite the fact that more people have died as a result of Covid than were killed in the blitz.
There is a chance that people would reject the new restrictions because of the "one rule for them" fact. It's been a long time since the PM's poll numbers were this low, but Keir Starmer and Labour's economic credibility are steadily improving. It's impossible to predict what his "tipping point" will be.
It's like going bankrupt, Page says: it's gradual, then abrupt. With each new self-inflicted crisis that comes out of Downing Street, Labour is in a better position than ever before. More than nine lives, but Johnson isn't through yet.