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Boris Johnson apologised at Prime Minister’s Question for the “offence caused” by his aides poking fun of the allegations of an illicit Downing Street soiree last Christmas.

The Prime Minister, who looked like a deflated balloon, said he was “furious” at ITV’s exclusive video showing his then press spokesperson Allegra Stratton saying, jocularly, that “this fictional party was a business meeting… not socially distanced”.

He said a review by the Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was underway, which will result in “disciplinary action”.

The Hound criticised Sir Keir Starmer last week for focusing too heavily on the boozy affair, but for once, this was an occasion for him to drop the policy drubbings. He said Boris was “taking us for fools” and utilised Jeremy Corbyn’s technique of crowdsourcing a question from a member of the public – in this instance, a woman named ‘Trisha’ whose mother died of coronavirus.

Johnson accused Labour of “playing politics”, saying he wanted to focus on the job of combating the Omicron variant. How could Boris take this line when none of his ministers bothered to turn up to any of the morning broadcast rounds, Starmer asked?

The charges against the PM did not end after Keir. The SNP’s Ian Blackford asked Conservative backbenchers: “Is this the man to lead this Island?” He called on to the Tory faithful to oust its leader.

Boris has forced himself into a situation like a haemorrhoid no one asked for. He has committed to handing over details of the internal inquiry to the Metropolitan Police. Now former adviser Dominic Cummings claims more than one flat party occurred during lockdown. Is worse yet to come for this punctured PM?