Lord Geidt’s resignation letter and the Prime Minister’s reply were published yesterday. Does this provide the clarity we all hoped for? – Owl
Here is an extract from Paul Waugh’s view from inews:
……Some Tory MPs may view Geidt as the mouse that finally roared. But others will see his letter as a squeak, and allow the PM to carry on regardless.
Timing in politics is also everything. If Geidt had quit in the wake of the full Sue Gray report, it would have had much more impact on Tory MPs and their confidence vote.
He ends up seeming more furious about trade tariffs than about Partygate itself. Why didn’t he say Covid rule-breaking had put him in “an odious position”? Why hadn’t the PM’s misleading Parliament “made a mockery” of the principles of public life?
Appearing to expend more anger about obscure trade rules (for which the Government will get popular support) than lockdown law-breaking only confirmed the image of a man who has spent so long in the thicket of the Establishment that he can’t see the wood for the trees. After his humiliation by MPs, Geidt may have been looking for any excuse to quit, but this excuse just wasn’t that great.
In the end, his resignation seemed to be more about protecting his own damaged reputation than doing anything to seriously question that of the PM’s. That’s why Johnson may well escape the opprobrium once more.
And the final insult was yet to come. No.10 hinted the independent ministerial adviser may not even be replaced and the role handed to a civil servant. Perhaps the most damning indictment of Geidt’s record would be if no one notices he’s actually gone.