Cummings is unelected, and yet had the authority, as you put it, and so has to walk the plank (as he surely will). Kinnock et al, elected politicians, have no such authority, and so get away with it. (Jenrick is a minister, however. He should definitely have resigned.)
When the Daily Mail and the Guardian agree about you, you’re ####ed, goes the cliche. And yet, hard to believe though it is, the Mail is nowhere near as Brexity as it was, so the cliche lacks force in this instance.
The conversation is all about integrity - and yet Oakeshott is one of the most despicable people in journalism today.
I don’t agree with you that this has “united the country”. The big public doesn’t give a shit. It’s only the politicised section of the population that cares, one way or another.
The most ironical thing good all is hearing the likes of Alastair Campbell slaughtering a decent journalist like Kuenssberg (don’t laugh) when he is the archetypal “career psychopath”.
I accept your general point about our present rulers, yet were Blair/Brown/Mandelson any better? We tend to elect utter self seekers to rule over us. Can that change? I don’t know.
They all had responsibility to act properly but only one of them was directly responsible for setting the rules he then knowingly broke (and then lied about). But yeah, clearly they've all shown a complete lack of judgment. And I'd have no issue with any or all of them being given the boot.
I'm not sure it's a left/right/partisan politics thing. I mean, the Mail, the Spectator, senior Times journos, Julia Hartley-Brewer...even Isabel flipping Oakeshott have all come out against Johnson and Cummings. I think this is one of those rare events so stupid and arrogant that it's actually united the country in a way that hasn't been seen pre-Brexit. I 100% agree that there's clear hypocrisy at play, however, when you see a scrum of photographers and journalists gaggled together outside Cummings house.
As for the Brexit theory...possibly something in that, I can see why you'd head down that path (although, again, both Hartley-Brewer and Oakeshott are staunch Brexiters so it hardly plays to their agenda). I'm in the Remain camp but my personal take is not Brexit-flavoured in the slightest; I think Brexit is a mistake but I accept it's the decision taken and we now have to get on with it. It's a separate issue for me but I understand that might not be the case for others (including the media and politicians pushing this current story).
My take is wholly cynical and frankly depressing and it's more a broader view of where we've found ourselves as a governed society. I just think we've reached a point where political accountability is something many senior government figures (on both sides of the pond) see as belonging in a bygone era. They've realised that, with enough of a majority and time in office on their side, they're untouchable. Who's going to stop them? We've handed absolute agency to some truly terrible people and I don't know how you put that genie back in the bottle?