A government can survive a loss of confidence in it.
A Tory government can even survive a loss of confidence in it from its usually sycophantic media.
But as Politico notes this morning:
In the firing line: Hancock rarely puts a foot wrong when he’s (virtually) touring the studios, but faces a tough old gig this morning after a rocky 24 hours for the government. Those hot takes suggesting “hysterical lefties” had cooked up the criticism about a lack of clarity are somewhat undermined by fresh attacks today from famous socialist activists such as, erm, the Sun newspaper, which rips into the “shambles” in its leader column; the Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey, who says Johnson’s No. 2 Dominic Raab made “already baffling advice even more bewildering;” commuter freesheet Metro, which savages the new social distancing rules with this mocking front page; the Financial Times, which splashes on a “day of confusion;” and members of the Cabinet, who (h/t Nick Watt) were “eye-rolling” over “the government’s handling of the last 24 hours.” Yikes.
Not to mention: BoJo’s old selfie chum Phillip Schofield, who went Full Piers yesterday with this viral rant on This Morning. Happily, Hancock has taken up Schofield’s challenge and will be appearing on the show at 10 a.m. to face the music. The health secretary will not, however, be appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, which remains firmly in the Cain/Cummings sh*t house and has now gone two full weeks without even a junior minister to interview.
That's pretty savage, and Radio 4 has already had a good go at Hancock.
Tolerance of incompetence in the face of adversity is not high.