The Times published an article yesterday that would shock anyone who reads it. It would also not shock those who have spent any time at all viewing Boris Johnson with an unbiased eye.
It is behind a paywall, one of Mr Murdoch’s who presumably has decided he doesn’t want Boris to be PM anymore. He will choose the next PM, he always does, but until then you can read the article here (no paywall).
Unusually, Boris Johnson had been absent from Cobra. The committee — which includes ministers, intelligence chiefs and military generals — gathers at moments of great peril such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other threats to the nation and is normally chaired by the prime minister.
Johnson had found time that day, however, to join in a lunar new year dragon eyes ritual as part of Downing Street’s reception for the Chinese community, led by the country’s ambassador.
It was a big day for Johnson and there was a triumphal mood in Downing Street because the withdrawal treaty from the European Union was being signed in the late afternoon. It could have been the defining moment of his premiership — but that was before the world changed.