Now we’ve seen the proof there is no crisis that Tory charlatan Boris Johnson can’t make worse.
Botching an easing of the lockdown was, I suppose, expected from an incompetent PM bungling the fight against the plague and lumbering Britain with Europe’s highest official death count.
Yet the past few extraordinary days, culminating in last night’s TV propaganda show, was reckless even by the standards of this cynical egotist.
The grand old fraud of Downing Street marched the country up to the top of a “Magic Monday” hill then marched it down again with an incomprehensible “Stay Alert” slogan and little change. It was the reckless posturing of a confused PM.
Lies and the empty boosterism of a confidence trickster catapulted Johnson into power. But in high office he’s both complacent and flailing – out of his depth when the nation is crying out for sound judgment.
It isn’t that the next baby steps are all wrong. Encouraging people to go out more often, keeping two metres from those we don’t live with, is sensible. And let’s be honest, many already do it.
No, Johnson’s unforgivable error was to unleash No10 apostles last week pretending that this week’s loosening would be so dramatic that many folk mixed lethally over the weekend – while delaying his more modest announcement to guarantee a mass telly audience at 7pm on a Sunday.
In the background, sidelined Cabinet Ministers, picked for Brexit purity instead of ability, have only themselves to blame. They had cheered their master’s deceitful -election slogans and now happily provide a contemptible backing chorus.
But if Labour leader Keir Starmer sustains the forensic destruction of Johnson witnessed at the last PMQs, then the PM’s poll lead will be slashed.
Meanwhile, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares to slash furlough payments, we’ll see the Tories reverting to old vices by starving frightened workers back into unsafe jobs.
In fairness, this emergency would have challenged any recent heavyweight premier: Churchill, Attlee, Wilson, Thatcher, Blair or Brown.
However Johnson is no heavyweight. He’s a lightweight; a liability. All style, little substance.
People lost their lives because of his avoidable mistakes. The tragedy is more may follow.