‘How many ethics advisors does it take to change Boris Johnson? Only one, but Boris Johnson has to really wanna change.’
As if being Boris Johnson’s ethics advisor wasn’t enough of a joke, a good sense of humour (but not necessarily a good sense of right and wrong) could form part of the formal job description. Employment opportunities for the ever-growing list of former ethics advisors include Keir Starmer’s charisma consultant, Prince Andrew’s diary manager and Elon Musk’s hair strategist.
Being asked about a ‘deliberate and purposeful breach of the Ministerial Code’ was the final straw for the latest sucker. Johnson allegedly muttered about having ‘done a lot worse’ and the old mnemonic ‘Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.’ His mood was later lifted by the realisation he could get blotto at yet another leaving do.