the velvet underground

    If the Prime Minister's a Junkie, the Public Has a Right to Know

    John Crace, writing his Guardian parliamentary sketch:

    “If he was a decent man, he would apologise,” Starmer said. But Boris isn’t a decent man, so he didn’t. Instead he continued to rush on his run.

    – John Crace, Boris left flailing as his limitations become clear for all to see

    Any Velvet Underground fan immediately recognises that as reference to their song ‘Heroin’:

    When I’m rushing on my run
    And I feel just like Jesus' son
    And I guess that I just don’t know
    And I guess that I just don’t know

    I don’t know if ‘to rush on one’s run’ is a common expression among heroin addicts, but John Crace has been there himself, so presumably knows what he’s talking about. Is he, then, trying to tell us something about Boris Johnson’s predilections?

    Perhaps not; perhaps he just means that Johnson’s enjoying the high of parliamentary debate, of being in the chamber, of being prime minister. But since the rest of the piece is about what disaster PMQs was for him, that seems unlikely.

    Is this one of those open secrets that everyone in Westminster knows, including political journalists, but no-one reveals, because it’s not the done thing, old chap?

    I do hope not; but we should be told.