The latest news that Boris Johnson wishes to appoint a spokesperson specifically for the Covid crisis, at a salary of around £100,000 a year, has brought a predictable round of sneers and jeers from the media commentariat. Critics are saying that this is another case of the Prime Minister stepping away from announcing bad news, and warning of tough times ahead for the next months at least of the Covid-19 emergency. The misgivings of BBC Radio 4 – both PM and Today have been predictably snarky – plus the Guardian, but they should not be taken at face value.