It’s not even posh though, it’s like weird posh. I know loads of posh people, arguably am one, and I’d never heard it before Boris used it. Asking my friend who went to Eton, likewise, he’d never heard it. There’s some whole weird posho subset in government right now.
You could see it with Cummings’ wife - she referred to Cummings “laying doggo” with the illness (she accidentally used it right, Freudian slip maybe - she clearly meant “was laid low by” from the context of usage, but “laying doggo” means hiding, not being laid low or knocked out, which is precisely what he was doing), which is nuclear-grade posh, like you know members of the royal family-type posh. Also, like how old is she? 40? Because it’s incredibly affected for anyone under about 60 to use slang like that. It’s a social class dog-whistle.
Wow really? 10 years of Tory government and this is the first time?
But this is staggering. What’s particularly impressive is, it isn’t blowing over, as I’m quite sure they thought it would, it’s getting worse. We’re up to 71% of people thinking he broke lockdown, and I think well over 60% of people (68%? I lost the figures) think he should resign, including 52% of Leave voters, and 46% of Tory party members (which means very right-wing people over 70, in general), and all the figures are worse than yesterday. Significantly so. Up from 10 Tory MPs calling for his head to 40, and a ministerial resignation.
They’ve had to dial back their messaging, but they’ve gone with such a cretinous posho line that they don’t even see how it’s:
A) Obvious to the public (who are not bright, but not that dumb) that it’s a line.
B) It’s not even a good line.
The basically is “Okay well we think he didn’t break the rules, but reasonable people may disagree!”, which is hilariously cowardly. And because people have been repeating it word-for-word (as it was clearly delivered to them, by Cummings himself), it just looks like a line (because they all include “reasonable people may disagree” lol).
Even the cunt-in-chief himself, Jeremy Cunt was like “Well obviously and clearly he’s broken the lockdown…” and then weasel-ish-ly said (paraphrasing) “Well I’m saying we’ve got bigger fish to fry”, because he definitely wants to have his cake and eat it on this.