It was good at last to see someone with his pedigree at the briefing room podium with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as chairman of the advisory group on plans for Scotland’s economic recovery when the virus pandemic is over.
There has been a murder – though, because so much of The Luminaries occurs after sundown, it’s hard to work out who has been killed, or even that someone has died in the first place. Still, it eventually transpires that Anna, a sex worker and opium user, is the chief suspect and so has been thrown in the clink.
It was clear Mr Johnson knew nothing of this report and cared less. Denial and bluster were his only weapons. Yet these statistics are as good a measure as any of how the pendulum swings within the contested area of politics.