Boris Johnson appeared on the front page of every national newspaper on Thursday, with most depicting a prime minister under pressure as a result of his handling of developments over allegations of a Downing Street Christmas party en rule violation.
The 57-year-old was also criticized for revealing new pandemic tightening measures.
Daily Mail and Sun highlights a clear double standard against the new restrictions, with the former using the title “One rule for them, a new rule for the rest of us” and the latter mocking Mr Johnson as the Grinch instructs the public to “Do as I say. . not like me Christmas”.
“Ed Oldfield, where is the man who threw her that question in all of this? Why does it have to be a woman who bears the burden of men’s mistakes? ‘ asked Miss Vine.
The Sun editorial listed numerous Government embarrassments including Mr Cummings’ vision test trip to Barnard Castle and the shabby parts of the State Department’s Kabul evacuation.
“To the public mind, it is folly and leads to a failure of the Prime Minister’s leadership that cannot and must not be continued,” it wrote.
Daily Telegraph news included an “immediate backlash” to the “irrational” new curbs, while columnist Allister Heath added that the situation was still salvageable for Mr Johnson If you act quickly.
“This is a horrifying situation: the country cannot be abandoned,” Heath wrote.
“It is not too late for Johnson: many prime ministers have come back from a lot worse. But for the first time, his grip on power is starting to look shaky, and his MPs are openly discussing a post-Johnson future.
“He needs to act decisively to stop the rot and rebuild Number 10 before the country is once again engulfed in a traumatic Covid crisis.”
The prime minister was quoted in The Times as having rejected Tory MP William Wragg’s suggestion that he introduced the new restrictions as a political “diversion”.
The headline of this paper focused on Mr Johnson’s failure to use “common sense” with the diverting story provided to the press about alleged illegal conduct.
“Both deny there is a party and say any party not violating the rules is unreasonable and correct,” the editorial said.
“The Prime Minister said that he can guarantee that this year’s Christmas will be better than last time. It adds that no one in Downing Street is feeling festive at the moment.”
The Prime Minister has a softer place to land in front Journal where he touts Plan B as offering the best chance for a “nearly ordinary” Christmas.
But it’s a different story inside the paper, as columnist Leo McKinstry writes: “What makes this so much bigger than any previous fury that has temporarily engulfed Johnson is the degree of intensity. depths of public outrage.
“Decent, law-abiding Britons who follow guidelines, avoid social gatherings and don’t see loved ones are furious at the blatant hypocrisy in the heart of the Government. .”
Mr McKinstry added that Plan B would be a useful distraction for Mr Johnson “but the events of this week will make it difficult for him to convince the nation to accept the new controls”.
Jason Beattie, head of politics at the Daily Mirror, which broke the story of nefarious parties allegedly in No 10 last December, said the results of the near by by-elections This won’t give Mr Johnson much confidence for the future.
Mr Beattie wrote: “The common thread behind all these scandals is Johnson’s arrogant belief that he is above the rules.
“While the Tories lead comfortably in the polls, he was able to pass it.
“But recent by-elections show voters are starting to turn against the Conservatives.
“It’s probably too early to write Johnson’s obituary – but this week may have sown the seeds of his death.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-the-sun-daily-express-sarah-vine-allegra-stratton-b1972692.html Focus on Boris Johnson as party problems persist and rules return