The row over the investigation into the former Prime Minister is, in almost every respect, a political one.
The Prime Minister’s political fate lies where it has always properly lain: in the hands of the House of Commons.
To the MPs involved, I misquote Obi-Wan Kenobi: strike Johnson down, and he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
With Sue Gray’s report due and a Privileges Committee report coming, the Prime Minister may not be able to break free until the autumn.
Hypocrisy tops the list of dangers for a politician – and Labour’s leader is dangerously exposed.
He is a Gulliver tied down by Lilluputian ropes. The figures scampering about his mighty frame grow bolder – tweaking a cord here, tighening a knot there.