Good people in public life still exist, of all political persuasions, who do not lie very much. We must restore them to their rightful place at the head of our affairs. For the very credibility of our democracy, parliament must demonstrate that it will not indulge systemic deceit, such as characterises Johnson’s performance as almost certainly the most disreputable national leader in our history.
The experiment in celebrity government to which the Conservative Party committed us has failed, and is seen by the world to have failed. The foremost task for a successor is to restore Britain’s reputation as a serious country.
6 February 2022 – Max Hastings, Johnson's editor at the Daily Telegraph, former editor at the London Evening Standard, and historian