MPs like to have something to deplore, and as L’Affaire Darroch rolls on, they have lots of material
History of sorts was made in the Commons on Wednesday. It’s not every day that a minister is called to answer an urgent question on whether he still agreed with what he had said the day before. Or the day before that, for that matter. And on the whole, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan did agree with junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan that the prime minister designate, Boris Johnson, had thrown Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, under a bus and was guilty of contemptible negligence.
With so little else going on in parliament while the Tory leadership coronation meanders to its conclusion – dozens of MPs are missing, presumed dead, trapped under large bales of tumbleweed – L’Affaire Darroch has dominated proceedings for three days now. First as an expression of outrage that confidential diptels should have been leaked, then astonishment at Johnson refusing on six occasions to defend Darroch from Donald Trump’s insults, and finally disgust at the ambassador’s forced resignation.