In one of the finest displays of political wordplay in a good while, Guardian columnist Marina Hyde has been praised for her description of Boris Johnson, the prime minister, as “Shagatha Christie”.
Not to be confused with ‘Wagatha Christie’ – the nickname given to Coleen Rooney when she accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press – the moniker given to the PM by Ms Hyde comes as he faces a series of scandals over alleged rule-breaking.
On Thursday, the Electoral Commission issued fines to the Conservative Party totalling more than £17,000 for failing to disclose donations connected to the refurbishment of the flat at 11 Downing Street.
Yet talks of investigations has prompted ridicule from Ms Hyde, who joked in an article on Friday that it was “great to hear that a 57-year-old Downing Street man is keen to help the police” with inquiries into “a growing number of potential misdemeanours at his address”.
“Boris Johnson says that ‘of course’ he will tell the Met the truth, which pretty much guarantees they’ll never get to the bottom of it. When you want Sherlock Holmes but you have to settle for Elizabeth Holmes,” she wrote.
For those unaware, Ms Holmes is the Theranos founder currently facing charges of fraud for allegedly lying about her business to investors and patients – charges to which she has pleaded not guilty.
Ms Hyde continued: “Still, here he comes – Shagatha Christie, trying to deduce what the hell has happened this week.”
The remark refers to the several children Mr Johnson has had over the years. So many, Ms Hyde quips, that “it’s like jury service”.
Social media users loved the piece, causing “Shagatha Christie” to trend on Twitter and many to applaud Ms Hyde’s writing:
@MarinaHyde Marina Hyde articles are the only thing keeping me sane.
Thank you, Marina.