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Tories, look in the mirror: hasn’t the price of being humiliated by Johnson become too high? | Gaby Hinsliff

Ministers sent out to defend the prime minister will surely tire of his betrayals. The question is – when?

Thinking of throwing a boozy office party, a potential super-spreader event in the teeth of a Covid storm? Then knock yourself out, is the official advice from a government accused of being only too willing to open a celebratory bottle itself. Just don’t, whatever you do, enter the office to actually do some work.

The Omicron variant has finally prodded Boris Johnson into adopting his fallback Covid Plan B, and what a classically Johnsonian plan it is; contradictory, rushed and shrouded in murky allegations. From Monday, everyone who can should work from home, but the prime minister wants office bashes and school nativity plays to go ahead. There will be vaccine passports for entering big venues, but no masks in pubs and restaurants.

Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist

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