The Mail on Sunday suggests that David Frost has quit the Government because he is unhappy about Omicron restrictions, vaccine passports, economic policy, tax hikes and the cost of Net Zero – everything, really.

His resignation letter is less incendiary, citing “concerns about the current direction of travel”, and referring only to economic policy/tax and Covid/restrictions.  He hope “we will move as fast as possible to…a lightly regulated, low
tax, entrepreneurial economy” and says “W
e also need to learn to live with Covid and I know that is your instinct too.”

However, the paper appears from the content of its editorial to have had some wider briefing.  It refers to Frost’s “general disenchantment with the whole policy direction of the Government in recent months”.

It’s striking that Frost doesn’t refer to the Northern Ireland Protocol.  Which implies either that he is happy with what appears to be a Government climbdown over the role of the European Court of Justice.  Or, more likely, that he’s unhappy – and will say so in a second or later broadside.

Reports this morning claim that Frost is weary with the strain of the Protocol negotiations, and there was an element in his original appointment of placating him with a Ministerial post.

But it is impossible to read such a full spectrum attack on Boris Johnson’s record as anything other than co-operation at least with attempts to bring him down – whatever Frost’s resignation timetable may originally have been.  It is the end of a remarkable partnership integral to delivering the Brexit we have.

Frost, Johnson’s former SpAd at the Foreign Office before he moved first to advise him in Government and then become a Minister, was more the Prime Minister’s creation as a Minister than any other.

His resignation, apparently offered last week, is thus a more wounding blow to Johnson, in a very personal way, than any other colleague could deliver.  By the way, Dominic Cummings is well-disposed to Frost.  The scale of the latter’s disillusion has a Cummingsque feel to it.