The bloody Cummings and goings from the heart of Boris Johnson's incompetent regime illuminates shambolic weaknesses of a muddled Prime Minister.
He's lost his driving force, his mojo, his brain with the resignation of Dominic Cummings – the rude, unpleasant, weirdo misfit he couldn't rule with and maybe now can't rule without.
That the self-styled outsider in hoodies was indispensable to the lazy shapeshifter in No 10 magnified Johnson's own unsuitability for the greatest office of state.
Can the PM reset, emerge reborn from the ashes of a civil war in his cabal?
Serious doubts will fester after his predecessor, Theresa May, was stripped of authority after the departures of her terrible twins, chief advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.
Appointing a chief of staff could restore a little order but the virus emergency, Johnson needlessly costing Britain numerous lives and livelihoods with his dithering and ineptitude, illustrates the lying charlatan's fundamental flaws.
Hangovers will swiftly follow the euphoria of champagne cork-popping Tories celebrating Cummings' exit alongside Lee Cain, his Little Me communications' director blackballed by the PM's fiancee for that chief of staff post.
Yet the end of Cummings' reign of terror in No 10, intimidating more junior special advisers, alienating civil servants, creating enemies in mocked Ministers and Tory MPs, will also lift the mood.
How fitting details of his walk into history coincided with a five-figure settlement to stop a Treasury adviser he had marched by police out of Downing Street, Sonia Khan, calling him as a witness at an Employment Tribunal.
PM's struggle to reinvent themselves and bruised, battered Johnson's confronted?by deep scepticism after betraying the trust of voters who gave him the benefit of the doubt. Keir Starmer transforming Labour into a potential alternative adds to his woes.
Yet he undeniably has a better chance of resetting his Premiership without the toxic son of privilege from County Durham who posed as a member of hoi-polloi as if to camouflage his own ivory tower existence, including marriage to an heiress with a Northumberland castle in the family.
Cummings masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, with its Vote Lie ￡350m a week NHS fib down the side of that bus, then a “Get Brexit Done” slogan crucial to an 80-seat election victory.
The economic damage and divisions inflicted by criminally mis-sold Brexit are as unforgivable as the arrogant act for which most folk will remember Cummings.
The lockdown-defying coronavirus drive from London to County Durham and eyesight test to Barnard Castle were the Tory elite sticking two fingers up at a population enduring huge sacrifices.
We must never forget that Johnson gave Cummings a privileged free pass, defending the indefensible.
Leave means leaving Downing Street for Damaged Dom. Johnson's judgement remains the bigger problem.