Throughout his life and his political career, Boris Johnson believed the rules did not apply to him. And as he celebrates his second birthday as Prime Minister this weekend, it looks like nothing has changed.
It was a claim first made by one of his masters in Eton. And the sight was strengthened as late as last Sunday when he tried to avoid self-isolation after coming into contact with COVID-positive Sajid Javid.
Forced into a humiliating U-turn, Mr Johnson is spending his second birthday as a lone prime minister at Checkers. So no buddies, political buddies or family members to celebrate with him. Or so we are told.
But, hey, there are worse places to seclude than the 16th-century Prime Minister’s Mansion of Grace and Favor in the Chilterns, a 1,500-acre hideaway with a tennis court and swimming pool.
Plenty of time for the Prime Minister to reflect on two tumultuous years, even by the standards of his roller coaster life: a second divorce, a third marriage, another child and – of course – narrowly escaping death from COVID.
On top of all that, he has imposed three national lockdowns – so far – in England, held 57 coronavirus press conferences in Downing Street and introduced countless draconian rules and restrictions that put him on a collision course with Tory MPs and sparked several major backbench rebellions.
It was after a Brexit war of attrition in its first year in which it closed parliament illegally, expelled 21 rebel Tory MPs, won the Tories’ biggest electoral victory since Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and kept his promise to “make sure Brexit is done”.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-23 19:26:00