The Ministerial Code is the rule book that governs the behaviour of those in power.
Boris Johnson today took this document and effectively put it in the shredder.
In his new version, ministers who break the code will not automatically be expected to quit.
Mr Johnson is being investigated by MPs for repeatedly misleading Parliament over Downing Street parties, an offence that used to be a resignation issue. Faced with the prospect of a red card he has not just nobbled the referee but doctored the rules of the game.
The PM has also blocked the ethics watchdog from launching his own investigations and rewritten the foreword to the Code to strike out a commitment to uphold the very highest standards of propriety.
It is entirely in keeping with his loathing for accountability that in a cowardly move he slipped out these changes on a Friday afternoon when the Commons is not sitting.
After the Sue Gray report, a “humbled” PM said he had learned his lesson.
The only lesson he appears to have learned is that he is free to abuse power and bend the rules to his own advantage.
Price of failure
With Covid restrictions lifted, sun-starved Britons are looking forward to an overseas break this summer.
That is if they can get their passports in time. Delays are so bad that holidaymakers spent £5.4million on fast-track passports last month.
This should not be necessary at the best of times but it is an especially unwelcome additional expense in a cost-of-living crisis.
The public should not be paying the price for this Tory Government’s incompetence.
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Hope in hell
Even in the darkness of a hellish war there can be moments of true joy.
When Ukrainian Ruslan Gladkiy bade farewell to his son Hordeiy and headed to the front he feared he might never see him again.
Now they have been reunited.