Lucinda Creighton: We must curb our instinct to celebrate Johnson’s demise

Boris Johnson’s mendacity over the protocol provoked anger in all quarters, but now is an opportunity to dial down the rhetoric and take the heat out of North-South relations

Boris Johnson: the DUP is naturally concerned that the demise of his political career might also mean the demise of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. Picture: James Veysey/Shutterstock

If cats have nine lives, Boris Johnson must have been the envy of the feline community for some time. Having survived scandal after scandal, last week his luck finally ran out.

In truth, the sheen of his charismatic personality had long begun to fade in the eyes of the British public. And as they realised that Johnson was loyal to no one but himself, the loyalty of those around him also diminished.

When his colleagues ...