Boris Johnson Partygate scandal: People are ridiculing the Prime Minister and he and his supporters don't get to join in – Scotsman comment

Boris Johnson has a sense of humour. But it’s probably a stretch to imagine he will be enjoying the jokes doing the rounds about the implausible excuses offered up in a vain attempt to explain away his lockdown breaches.

A slice of Victoria sponge cake (Picture: Paul Larkin)

The latest bout of hilarity was prompted by Conservative MP Conor Burns, who suggested the Prime Minister had been “ambushed with a cake” and was, therefore, apparently unable to avoid a celebration of his birthday at a time when indoor social gatherings were prohibited by his own government.

Twitter user @iucounu joked: “For his bravery in the face of the cake ambush the Prime Minister has been awarded the Victoria Sponge.”

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And celebrity chef Nigella Lawson quipped on social media that she would make “Ambushed by Cake” the title of her next book.

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In a rather embarrassing misjudgement of the public mood, Burns seems to have thought he could enlist the help of the popular Lawson in downplaying Johnson’s actions, replying: “It’s yours if you want it! Could I include my Granny's Christmas cake recipe?”

She cut him dead. “This is just too meta. Plus, you think it's a joke? Says it all,” Lawson wrote.

As Johnson faced accusations of yet another lie – following the emergence of a Foreign Office email stating that he had authorised animals to be evacuated from Afghanistan at a time when thousands of people were trying to get out, a claim he previously dismissed as “complete nonsense” – his supporters in the Conservative party should realise people are laughing at the Prime Minister, not with him.

And they are doing so because otherwise they would cry.

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