参考消息网1月24日报道 Mr Johnson's apology was carefully worded to suggest that， monk-like and ascetic， he never comprehended that the braying throngs knocking back bucketloads of booze in his garden constituted a party rather than work. And isn't fresh air a good way to limit infections？ After he spoke， one opposition MP after another pressed him to resign. To each Mr Johnson repeated that he commiserated with the suffering， regretted his misjudgment，wished things had been otherwise and advised everyone to wait for the findings of an inquiry.
Nothing in Mr Johnson's public or professional life suggests that the burden of conscience will trouble him enough for him to step down. Yet the country needs him gone—and not just because he has misled the House of Commons and flouted his own government's rules， but because Britain is about to face a tumultuous period， and with a weak， unpopular leader， it is ill-placed to thrive.
After two pandemic-battered years， more misery is looming. Every country's health-care system is creaking， but the NHS， which is poorly managed and short of capacity， is close to collapse. Inflation is also a problem， because of Brexit-induced labour shortages and trade frictions.
It is too late to avoid much of this. But a good leader could soften the blows， lift spirits and plan for better. Mr Johnson is the opposite of what is required. Voters chose him in 2019 because the alternative，Jeremy Corbyn， was far-left， anti-Semitic and chaotic， and because Mr Johnson promised to leave the European Union. But above all they thought he was a welcome change from the divisions presided over by the uncharismatic Theresa May. Here was someone who would help Britons remember the fight over Brexit as a jolly good jape. His fellow MPs neither liked nor trusted him，but thought he was an election-winner.
Two years later， Mr Johnson looks cynical and heartless—and an electoral liability. Ministers are staying away from Parliament， or keeping silent. Would-be candidates for the top job are plotting and posturing. Since they include Rishi Sunak， the chancellor，and Liz Truss， the foreign secretary， the chaos will consume the great offices of state.
Meanwhile， a country that ripped up its constitutional order to pursue the dream of Brexit lacks a government with the will，discipline， direction and power to chart a new course. Festering problems， such as Britain's worsening relations with the EU and tensions in Northern Ireland， will go unresolved. Long-promised and urgently needed legislation， including planning reform and measures to boost growth outside London， will be delayed and watered down， and will ultimately stall. Britain chose a party animal for its leader. Now comes the hangover.