Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were confirmed on Sunday to have been screwed up by the NHS app after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for covid.
But rather than immediately self-isolating, as required by law, having been identified as close contact with someone who tested positive, No.10 said the couple would participate in a special pilot program that would allow them to work as long as they took it. daily tests.
This sparked a public outcry, claiming it was a rule for them and another for the general public, which led – hours later – to a turnaround when it was confirmed the couple would isolate themselves in done after all.
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A bit like a game of snakes and ladders, where Johnson and Sunk thought they had found a clever shortcut, only to come back down soon after, only to find themselves even more diminished in the public eye.