Tory party managers have advised “all MPs” to avoid drawing lines in the sand because sand has a disturbing tendency to shift. (Hence the ancient phrase, ‘shifting sands’.) Not to mention the fact that with the tide coming in twice a day, any line drawn in the sand can only last a maximum of twelve hours.
The problem came to light when Boris Johnson’s latest line disappeared so quickly, it’s now thought he may have drawn it in quicksand. Strategists speculate this is because he didn’t have any sand to draw it in, in the first place. They fear people have realised he’s just spinning them whatever line suits him, whenever it suits him.
This fear may also explain the behaviour of the party’s candidate in next week’s Tiverton and Honiton byelection.
Despite having been approved by Johnson, yesterday Helen Hurford twice refused to say if she thought he was honest. She then said the PM had ‘drawn a line in the sand’.
But the polls show voters seem to believe he’s buried his head in it.