Boris Net Approval Goes Negative, Government Approval Drops 16 Points

The first batch of polls are out and they do not make good reading for Downing Street. Boris now has a negative rating of -1% according to Savanta, who have him well behind Starmer (+12%). Boris has taken a significant hit, falling from +19% just four days ago to -1% today. Is this a Cummings caused temporary blip or a permanent state of affairs remains to be seen.

ComRes has overall support falling by 16 points this weekend to -2% due to the Cummings affair. At the start of the month they enjoyed 35% backing…

Cummings told reporters he doesn’t care how his lockdown travel looks; Boris does on the other hand have to care about popularity. Those in Downing Street with long memories will recall that on a Bank holiday weekend in 2009, the then PM’s special adviser Damian McBride’s misbehaviour saw Labour drop 9% points that weekend. The Tories broke through the 40% ceiling in the polls and went on to win the next election…

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Impartial Civil Service Tweets

Following the PM’s Downing Street press conference this was tweeted from the official Civil Service account. It was 11 minutes before it was deleted. Looks like someone will be resigning after all…

Could Mark Sedwill, the head of the Civil Service who is famously at loggerheads with Dominic Cummings, have got his Whatsapp and Twitter accounts muddled? It was posted from an iPhone which suggests it was from an existing user. It will be relatively straight forward to identify the tweeter…

UPDATE: Sense of humour failure:

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Read in Full: IOPC Review of Boris’s Relationship with Jennifer Arcuri

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Boris Cleared of Wrongdoing Over Jennifer Arcuri Relationship

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has cleared Boris Johnson of wrongdoing over his relationship with US tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri. IOPC has concluded there was no criminal conduct and there are no grounds for further investigation. Read the report in full here...

UPDATE: The Mirror reports the IOPC “found some evidence of a possible “intimate relationship” between the pair, but that it was “unnecessary” to launch a criminal investigation.”

UPDATE II: Despite being cleared by the IOPC, the London Assembly says its investigation into Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri will continue:

“The IOPC was looking specifically at whether he committed a criminal offence. That’s not our remit and their decision does. have any real hearing on our investigation, which will focus on his conduct as Mayor of London.

Everyone who holds public office whether you’re the Mayor of London, or indeed the Prime Minister, is expected to adhere to the principles of public life — including integrity, selflessness, openness and honesty, to name a few.

Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that’s expected from anyone in that position. It’s important we get those answers, because Londoners deserve to have their politicians held accountable.

The Oversight Committee will take into account the current emergency when looking at the timetable for the investigation.” 

UPDATE III: A spokesman for Boris Johnson says: “We welcome the fact that this politically motivated complaint has been thrown out. Such vexatious claims of impropriety in office were untrue and unfounded”

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SW1 Pundits Getting Excited About Starmer

Most pundits detest Boris, they despise his joie de vivre (currently being stress tested), they hate him for winning the Brexit vote, they’re jealous that one of their own could become PM despite his overtly jocular and fun loving personality. They despair that he wins consistently against the odds and their preferred outcomes; Mayor of London, winning the Brexit referendum, the Tory leadership, followed by a stonking majority Conservative government. After the hopelessly flawed Corbyn, Starmer is therefore a relief and their new great hope.

Boris and Number 10 will be conscious that even their usual media allies like The Telegraph are restless and taking a fresh look at Labour’s new leader. For the first time in a long time it is true to say both main party leaders have positive net approval ratings with the public. As Starmer has become better known his ratings and his party’s ratings have improved, pollsters show the voting intention gap is narrowing and consequently much of SW1 is getting excited. The 2024 election is looking like it could be a very competitive election. Labour’s media allies were beginning to look forward to the weekly PMQs confrontation for the first time in a decade. Maybe a little less so after today

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Boris Lockdown Plan (Kritikal Mass Mix)

For the likes of Hugo Rifkind who claim that the lockdown wind down plan is too complicated, Kritikal Mass have remixed the plan as outlined by Boris last Sunday, for you. Enjoy it blasting out at your appropriately distanced rave in the sunshine this afternoon…

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