Often very depressing, the new book Boris Johnson: Media Creation, Media Clown, Media Casualty, edited by John Mair, Andrew Beck and Paul Connew, ends on a typically upbeat note from my indomitable friend Gina Miller.
There is, says the woman who defeated the governments of Boris Johnson and Theresa May in the courts in cases that hinged on the issue of parliamentary sovereignty, a silver lining to what we have just been through.
“Johnson’s stretching of the elastic of truth and the limited accountability in our naive model of government in the UK has exposed the weaknesses and systemic failures in our machinery of government,” she writes.
“It is time for legislative checks and balances so no prime minister, executive or MP can get away with disgraceful behaviour, lying, corruption or misusing our public funds. Voters should not have to be stressed and concerned about the veracity and character of the people they vote to represent them. If there is wrongdoing, there should be redress.”
Fixing that should be the number one priority of whatever government – or coalition – succeeds this mob.