Monday 23 May 2022 02:22 AM DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don't play judge and jury - keep to the facts trends now

Monday 23 May 2022 02:22 AM DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don't play judge and jury - keep to the facts trends now
Monday 23 May 2022 02:22 AM DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don't play judge and jury - keep to the facts trends now

Monday 23 May 2022 02:22 AM DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don't play judge and jury - keep to the facts trends now

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don't play judge and jury - keep to the facts

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Fresh from their disappointment that the Prime Minister had escaped further police fines over Partygate, the Boris-loathers are in paroxysms of hysteria over the impending publication of Sue Gray's report.

The Left-wing media is insinuating that Mr Johnson tried to nobble the senior civil servant's inquiry into No10 gatherings.

He not only inappropriately forced a secret meeting with her to discuss her findings, they breathlessly report, but he left her 'horribly isolated' as she investigated lockdown breaches.

Leave aside that neither claim is true (indeed, after the ill-disguised briefings the press officer dealing with the report was let go abruptly and without explanation).

The Left-wing media is insinuating that Boris Johnson tried to nobble the senior civil servant's inquiry into No10 gatherings

The Left-wing media is insinuating that Boris Johnson tried to nobble the senior civil servant's inquiry into No10 gatherings

How do commentators who suggest Miss Gray was 'got at' square that with their earlier insistence that her integrity and independence were unimpeachable?

The report is likely to damage Boris politically. Legally, though, it's trivial.

Remember, Scotland Yard had a team of top detectives combing over every scrap of evidence at enormous cost, yet considered one paltry fine sufficient for Mr Johnson.

So Miss Gray shouldn't play judge, jury and executioner, but keep her report simple and factual, and resist the temptation to editorialise or print gratuitous photos.

She should stick to highlighting No10's failures to maintain the high standards rightly

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