We all know Johnson is rudderless without an advisor like Cummings, he is a populist figure head with no real policies of his own other than promoting his own leadership image via jingoistic cajoling.
But while Covid has exposed his dithering and lack of leadership qualities, it has also provided an almost invisible force shield around him that can excuse any of his bad decisions due to his unprecedented situation. The moment any good news, like the vaccine roll out comes along, he will claim all the credit, especially while comparing it with the EU vaccine fiasco.
As you point out Ave it, the Brexit Sh#t show hasn't even really started to hit home, yet Covid will now provide a perfect foil.
Starmer is in a straight jacket, as any real criticism of Johnson's leadership of the last year will be seen as exploiting the pandemic, while any mention of the word Brexit will alienate his precious red wall, even though the time is right to expose Johnson's p#$$ poor deal.
One confusing issue for the Tory party to get around, while standing in front of the Union Jack prop, is that a recent poll ( I don't have the figures, over to you Frank ) indicates that most voters in England aren't concerned about the break up of the UK, so it would suit the Tory party brexiteers politically and financially if both Scotland and NI were cut loose.
Although Johnson stood in front of the cross of St George would definitely ignite a few fireworks.