“Leadership failure”: what the newspapers say about Johnson and Sue Gray’s report on Partygate | Gray reference

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.

Photo: The Guardian

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”.

Thursday's front page: Laughing at us all #tomorrowspaperstodayhttps://t.co/4XD4U5CtyU pic.twitter.com/XrLrmo5TMf

— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) May 25, 2022


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 “”.

Tomorrow's Paper Today 📰


🔴 Brazen Downing St staff knew they were all breaking the rules
🔴 PM says he's sorry but then denies that he lied to parliament pic.twitter.com/tjE0RQ8282

— Metro (@MetroUK) May 25, 2022


Tomorrow’s paper today 📰


Braz The staff at Brazen Downing St knew that everyone was breaking the rules
🔴 The Prime Minister says he is sorry, but then denies that he lied to parliament pic.twitter.com/tjE0RQ8282

– Metro (@MetroUK) May 25, 2022

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.”

Just published: front page of the Financial Times, UK edition, Thursday 26 May https://t.co/TlSucwQb46 pic.twitter.com/jvp1HpAcBu

— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) May 25, 2022


The I chooses the theme of Gray’s conclusion: “Leadership failure.”

Thursday's front page: 'Failure of leadership'#TomorrowsPapersToday

🔴 Latest from the i politics team: https://t.co/DiCAr64Oy4 pic.twitter.com/FJHZ9fLbR2

— i newspaper (@theipaper) May 25, 2022


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… »

Thursday's @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages pic.twitter.com/EbnGeWURZV

— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 25, 2022


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.

Thursday's Front Page: Really… is this what all the fuss is about?https://t.co/RRwFfgAgC1#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/f8doghThhI

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) May 25, 2022


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 front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:

'Sunak to extend energy bill relief'#TomorrowsPapersToday

Sign up for the Front Page newsletterhttps://t.co/x8AV4Oomry pic.twitter.com/oU20pkWaLt

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 25, 2022


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.”

Times London front page May 26, 2022
Photo: The Times

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.”

Tomorrow's front page: Boris Johnson must put Partygate behind him & help Sun readers through cost of living crisishttps://t.co/dpE4uKMoMA pic.twitter.com/Pn6W5Of4H6

— The Sun (@TheSun) May 25, 2022


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.”

Tomorrow's @TheNorthernEcho

The North East turns on Boris Johnson

All the fall out, reaction and analysis from #Partygate & #SueGray#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/7nmXCqwaB8

— Nick Gullon (@EchoNickG) May 25, 2022


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.

It would have been tempting to follow the chronology of the day, allowing the Prime Minister the last word. Some will. Some won't. Some will craft headlines of their own. But from the get-go today, we knew we wanted to afford Sue Gray the courtesy of summing things up, so we did. pic.twitter.com/1xDknnPqQH

— James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) May 25, 2022


It would be tempting to follow the date of the day, allowing the Prime Minister the last word. Some will. Some will not. Some will create the titles themselves. But from the beginning today, we knew we wanted to give Sue Gray the courtesy to sum things up, so we did. pic.twitter.com/1xDknnPqQH

– James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) May 25, 2022

In Scotland the Record says “Tories party enough to make you sick.”

Thursday's front page: Shameless Boris Johnson has rejected calls to quit despite the shocking revelations of Sue Gray’s Partygate report heaping more disgrace on No10. #TomorrowsPapersToday #scotpapers pic.twitter.com/jUyu7DZX1Y

— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) May 25, 2022


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