I agree with the other posters that say he has been set up. It's a way of getting rid of him. However that doesn't excuse him.
I do hope he kept to the social distancing rules when shagging.
No, it doesn't excuse him at all.
Giving lucrative contracts to his mates, who were so hopeless at providing PPE that thousands of people died, not stopping the release of elderly people from hospital into care homes, lying about the 'protective ring' around those care homes, the list of things he's done that can never be excused goes on and on.
In other circumstances I would argue that people's private lives should be kept private, but in this case (as with the Jennifer Arcuri case) we need to know how the recruitment process was scrutinised when the woman was appointed, who else applied with equal qualifications, how much was her salary etc. It's a matter of public interest as she was paid out of the public purse.
I think it is also important to know whether he broke Covid rules to visit her, whilst telling the rest of us that we couldn't see our friends and family.
It was also incredibly hypocritical of him to approve the resignation of Neil Ferguson in vey similar circumstances.
Surely he has to go?
(I don't think that the woman set him up. I think it is very possible that the government has let this story break now as they want rid of him but it would be embarrassing to admit publicly that he was as hopeless as Johnson was calling him privately.)