“I’d point to the CBI themselves, who when asked about the speech said leaders would be heartened to hear the prime minister talk passionately about the role of the private sector working in partnership with government to achieve our shared ambition for a high-skilled, high investment economy.”
Defending the prime minister’s 21-second pause, the spokesman said: “I don’t think it’s unusual for people, on rare occasions, to lose their place in space.”
The spokesman also defied claims that the prime minister might still be recovering with a cold from last week, claiming: “The prime minister is well. He’s focused on delivering for the public.”
The spokesperson refused to comment on anonymous source quotes from Downing Street about Johnson.
But safe to say, not everyone on Twitter was as convinced that things were going quite so swimmingly.