I think it appropriate to add this screen shot of a civil service tweet – since. of course, deleted ( I’m told it lasted only ten minutes but got 33,000 retweets) – that went up very soon after Johnson’s lying press conference today, which showed contempt for the rule of law, never mind contempt for the overwhelming majority of people trying to do the right thing:
It would be a gross injustice if when Cummings stays in post, this civil servant loses his job.
If he or she doesn’t accept hush money I cannot imagine they will be short of crowdfunding support for the best possible lawyer to bring a claim for unfair dismissal.
Indeed, I’m tempted to suggest that the defence of being the sort of thing that any reasonable parent would do is likely to be available.