Warning: No 10 will undoubtedly spin in advance that Sue Gray’s report clears Boris Johnson and blames civil servants to frame the report as Johnson’s get out of jail free card. This will be untrue.
2. Her job is to establish the facts not to make a judgment on Johnson’s behavior.TOR: establish swiftly a general understanding of the nature of the gatherings, including attendance, the setting and the purpose, with reference to adherence to the guidance in place at the time.
3.The report will be unique in that such reports are usually on the behavior of other ministers and the PM takes the decision on what to do. He can hardly take a judgement on what to do about himself.
4.Spin should be ignored. Read the facts in the report in full before making a judgment. And then the only judges about what should happen to Johnson are the public and Tory MPs.
5. Lastly I was in No 10 for ten years and we didn’t have as many staff parties in a decade as they appear to have had in a few months. When on earth did they find time to do any work?

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