Boris Johnson’s coronavirus stewardship has been disastrous. The utter incompetence and abject lack of strategy at the heart of his government has seen his poll ratings drop and has rattled Conservative MPs. Covid has spread, with hospitalisations and death rates rising. In the last few months, Mr Johnson has only provided broken promises and empty hyperbole. His claim that there will be no restrictions on sizes of gatherings and no social distancing by September next year betrays how desperate things have become.
If the situation was allowed to persist, widespread discontent could be mobilised against the government and the prime minister would sink deeper into the mire.
Mr Johnson’s breezy optimism is not enough for a future where a painful Covid recession will determine British politics.