Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson clearly thinks we all have the memory of goldfish and can’t remember the ‘Big Lie’ the ‘leave’ campaign told during last year’s referendum about putting £350m a week extra into the NHS once we left the EU – a promise they were already scrambling away from on the very morning after the referendum result.
Johnson revived the £350m idea in what is being interpreted as positioning for a leadership bid – which shows just what a bubble senior Tories live in.
The head of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has wasted no time in administering the slapdown to Johnson that he so clearly deserves, in an excoriating letter made public today:
‘A clear misuse of official statistics’.
This is even more damning if you remember that David Norgrove is a recent Tory appointment, replacing the previous UKSA head Andrew Dilnot, who had frequently rebuked the Tories for similar abuses during his 5-year tenure.
It used to be said that the Tories were very efficient at replacing a failed leader – but it seems their incompetence and hubris have infected even that last bastion of their supposed capabilities.
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