2nd April 2021
Every so often with Boris Johnson as prime minister there will be, in effect, the excuse of ‘the king’s evil counsellors’.
This useful excuse means that the prime minister is not really culpable for his decisions, but somebody else on whom he relied.
For example: it may be in the form of ‘Boris takes control‘ news report – which, of course, suggests that those who hitherto had responsibility did so without the prime minister’s support or direction.
Or: it may be in the form of the Prime Minister ‘distancing himself’ from a report or a decision issued by Downing Street.
In any case it is a form of plausible deniability – that is is one of the prime minister’s advisors or ministers to blame, and not the prime minister.
Johnson is especially adept at this evasion.
It means that somebody else is always to blame – and he can shake his head and affect to be innocent – he was merely advised badly.
That his ‘evil counsellors’ were at fault, but not him.