THERE are so many angles to the new row over Boris Johnson’s exchange of texts with vacuum cleaner pioneer Sir James Dyson.

It could be very well be argued that it is not right that a super-rich Tory donor uses the connections that his money has bought him to gain access to the Prime Minister and persuade him to fix the tax system to the benefit of his employees. That just isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. How many other Tory donors are getting this sort of benefit-in-kind?

Secondly, it must be very worrying that someone has accessed messages sent to the British Prime Minister’s private phone. Such a number should surely be one of the most secure in the kingdom.

But what are the public going to make of this? Are they going to see it, as the Labour Party hopes, as sleaze or cash-for-access?

Or are they going to remember the mood at the start of the pandemic when the British people, unlike some of the media, realised we were in a totally novel and unprecedented situation. This led the Government to make some dreadful decisions, regarding carehomes and PPE provision, but also some inspired ones, like investing in vaccines like no other country.

If the Prime Minister had turned away the pleas from a manufacturer with a great track record who wanted to assist in making ventilators, that – at that moment in time – would probably have been a bigger crime than asking if this was a proper use of a mobile phone.