His regime at Downing Street reminds me of the Spectator regime very much. I mean, that was party, party, party. The night of 7/7, when over 50 people were killed in London by terrorist attacks, the Spectator was due to have its summer party and now we’re told that he was really gung-ho and wanted it to go ahead and it was only others that said ’No, this has to stop’ but he wanted to have that party. That’s what I mean, there is no kind of empathy with other people, there is no kind of recognition of what’s actually appropriate. Or compassion, compassion seems to be completely lacking here. The whole thing was chaotic, and he was hardly ever around, and people couldn’t find him, and everyone was having affairs with everybody else, and that’s his natural habitat.
OK fine, in a magazine, that got known as the Sextator. But we’re talking about Downing Street in a time of national crisis, not only Covid but all the disastrous fallout of Brexit, so many companies struggling out there, lorry drivers stuck on roads for hours on end, families separated, the whole Covid thing on top of that. This country is in an existential crisis and what’s he doing? He is having parties every five minutes. Against the rules.
26 January 2022 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau