The front pages of British newspapers offer very contrasting shades of Gray in handling the report on the Partygate scandal and its implications for Boris Johnson’s tenure at 10 Downing Street.
“Drink, quarrels, vomiting: everything in the work of the day,” says PM. ” is the way Guardian sums up the Prime Minister’s attempt to outrage the publication of Sue Gray’s report, which found that the “top leadership” at No. 10 should be held responsible for the boring culture.
According to cartoonist John Crazy, after 30 seconds of remorse in the Commons, Johnson quickly returned to typing with “the classic narcissist’s apology. A vulgar torrent of self-pity. One man sinned more than the sinner. “A good man was drawn into a world he could barely understand.”
The Mirror focuses on how, as the nation was in lockdown and mourning only its loved ones, the prime minister and his staff “laughed with all of us”.
Subway takes the title of a comment from a senior assistant to Boris Johnson. “Red wine on the walls No. 10, vomiting, fights, but…” We escaped “”.
The FT “Johnson bent down as Gray reveals the miserable details of the No. 10 party,” he said, adding that a Tories coup was “unlikely.”
The I chooses the theme of Gray’s conclusion: “Leadership failure.”
However, the picture is completely different if you look at some of the documents supporting the Tories.
The Post office adopts an indignant tone with the title asking: “Is this?”. It is placed under a long subtitle that makes up its main line: “For months, the prime minister’s enemies were salivating at the prospect of being stabbed by Sue Gray. However, after the innocent photos of her report with juices and M & S sandwiches, even they have to ask him… »
Nor is there a possibility of misunderstanding Express for one of Johnson’s enemies as he gives the Prime Minister an easy ride. “Really… is that all the fuss about?” is the title of the first page above a photo of him toasting his staff.
For Telegraph, the Gray report is not the main story of the day, as it prefers to lead with “Sunak extending energy bill relief”. However, he says that “Johnson denies the cover-up of the Abba party in Downing Street” and also conveys an incredible joke in an inside story of TV presenter Patrick Kilty reading “Wild Late Nights at Sue Gray’s Pub.”
The Times also places the cost of living first and Gray second. Its title is “The gray report justifies me for the No. 10 party, Johnson claims.”
The Sun, meanwhile, combines the two in what he calls a “message to Prime Minister Boris”. “The Party (gate) is over; now help our readers overcome the cost of living crisis.”
But if the newspapers that support Johnson hope that their champion will eventually come out of the woods, the treatment of the story by the non-London press can give a pause for thought.
The Northern Echowhich serves many constituencies that turned the Tories around in 2019, has an impressive front page featuring a photo of Johnson overlaid with the words of Middlesbrough Labor MP Andy McDonald as “Blood in your dirty privileged hands.” says 66% of its readers want Johnson to leave No. 10 amid anger over how “countless lives were lost in the Northeast while the prime minister was partying.”
The Yorkshire Post It’s not terribly interesting, but it is strangely watchable. “Leadership and crisis failures,” he says under a picture of a sad Johnson.
In Scotland the Record says “Tories party enough to make you sick.”