If you were at all worried about MPs prioritising their personal business arrangements above their job of representing their constituents, then I can offer you some reassurance, certainly about Conservative MPs. As you will know, Boris Johnson told the following lie a few weeks ago: “Everybody in the UK will get the care they need in their old age but won’t have to sell their home to pay for it.” Last night he told his MPs to make the poorest homeowners in the country to sell their homes to pay for care. The better off? They’ll be able to keep most of their money. But here’s the thing. Johnson’s MPs, including his cabinet, made a real effort to take part in the vote.

The Tory party Winter Ball fundraiser took place last night, where lucky guests could have dinner with Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a mere £35,000. For a trifling £22,000 they could enjoy a little karaoke with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Those selfless Tory MPs left the event early, setting aside the Champagne and canapës to vote through the government’s bill. You can see why.

Johnson’s top table are multimillionaires. Being a multimillionaire is not a bad thing per se but I do get a little bit suspicious when I see stories like this. They will all benefit hugely because – and hear I am making a wild guess – their homes will be valued in millions, not, say, £86,000, the new cap on the amount a person can pay towards care costs. Indeed, Nadhim Zahawi, who was one of those seen leaving the Ball last night, is among many MPs with form, having previously claimed parliamentary expenses for electricity to keep his horses warm. ( £5,822.27 to be precise.) Sunak himself, a multimillionaire married to the daughter of a multibillionaire and probably the richest politician in the land, introduced the cap on care costs which, as I repeat for purposes of clarity, mostly benefits people like Sunak.

I can see what I’ve done here. I’ve pointed out how decent politicians actually do prioritise their work for the people over their personal interests. It’s an absolute coincidence that they benefit more from the Health and Social Care Act than the people they are notionally there to represent. It appears I was born yesterday.

At the same time this was going on, Boris Johnson was making a chaotic speech to the CBI, losing his place, comparing himself with Moses and finally prattling on about Peppa Pig. And guess which story made the front pages today? Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the bit about poorer people using all their capital to pay for their care but the better off keeping most of theirs. Could it have been yet another ‘dead cat’ story, aimed to detract from the main business of the day? The beginning of the privatisation of the NHS and ensuring the poor pay a far bigger proportion of their money for their care than the rich.

Meanwhile, the Great British Public looked at ‘Boris’ and liked what they saw. An Old Etonian scarecrow who looked and sounded as if he’d been on the White Lightning all morning. “We love Boris,” they said, as they watched the NHS crumble before their eyes. “He fucks everything up but he’s so funny.” The joke’s not funny anymore, but it’s still on us.