After an audacious social care policy announcement annoyed her core voters – old people with money – leading to a mid-election poll wobble, Prime Minister Theresa May finally gave in and unleashed her attack puppy Boris Johnson on the British public with one simple instruction: lay into Jeremy Corbyn.
Appearing on ITV on Sunday morning to be 'grilled' by Robert Peston, Boris looked fit and primed for the task. Having largely been kept in the Tory kennel so far this campaign, there he was with his best naughty school boy grin, comedy hair set to tousle level 10, poised to parry and equivocate until he saw an opening to call the Labour leader an obscure insult from 1935 Enid Blyton novel and go home with the job done.
And so it went - almost. The Foreign Secretary (the Foreign Secretary!) dodged some soft questioning on funding, policy and his support the PM before getting in a line about Corbyn being 'eaten for breakfast' by EU negotiators, should he be put in charge of the Brexit shit storm the country is being forced to endure because he quite fancied becoming Prime Minister last year.
But rather than his mild quip providing the desired headline, a follow up tweet from Peston showing Boris sneaking a look at his questions while he was busy talking to other guests shifted the narrative from 'Boris says Corbyn is useless' to 'Boris tries to cheat political interview like it's a mid-term algebra test at Eton'.
Hardly Boris' most controversial scandal – promising an imaginary 350 million pounds for the NHS should we leave the EU probably just about tops it – but useful reminder he's a calculating politician and not just a character from the Beano, none the less.