It does if you give priority to probity and integrity in public life. But if you think all politicians are, if not liars and cheats, a bit dodgy, but the critical thing is whether they they can get things done, then you will back Boris. Polls indicate that while some have turned queasy and walked away, the majority are still with him.
The media and the Westminster bubble are obsessing about following the money that paid for some kind of lavish refurbishment of the Downing Street flat. I find this whole saga odd. Surely the state pays for offices and residencies owned by the state, where tenancy is dependent on the office held? And surely this is to a comfortable and serviceable standard, not some designer chick of the moment, which as we all know, quickly becomes tomorrows tat. Anyway if you don’t like it, you don’t have to live there. Wilson didn’t for his third and fourth terms and Callaghan never did.
Coming up we have the extended May elections, the Hartlepool by-election and a Queen’s Speech. It is upon the outcome of all of that which is most likely to determine Boris’s future. Labour hope the sleaze smells will drive voters from the Tories back to them. Maybe. But maybe not. Remember this is Boris. His popularity is not founded on rectitude. The worse he behaves the more popular he gets. Until he fails to deliver. Then he will be gone in a flash.