Does truth always win? Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid quit within 10 minutes of each other last night, followed by a flurry of junior ministers and aides. It seemed like the same old story. A scandal takes place. The government lies about it. Evidence that they are lying emerges. The government keeps lying. Eventually everyone gets so sick of it that it blows over. That was certainly what most expected after reports that Boris Johnson had lied about his disgraced former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher. Downing Street changed its story but stuck to its guns. Everyone was braced for yet another routine scandal. But yesterday morning, the narrative went off script as former Foreign Office official Simon McDonald directly accused Johnson of lying. This morning, Boris Johnson is clinging onto power after a nightmare double resignation by Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid yesterday.
Boris Johnson rocked by top resignations
This morning, Boris Johnson is clinging onto power after a nightmare double resignation by Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid yesterday.
Asked what will happen if Johnson refuses to quit, the leader of a group of rebel Conservative MPs last night replied: "War."