A silver bullet or a smoking gun? Sue Gray’s long-awaited report into partygate delivered neither, perhaps astutely recognising the fate of the Prime Minister would not be determined by whatever she wrote but by his MPs.
It was nevertheless grim reading for Boris Johnson, not least because the report had a lot to say about the leadership culture at Downing Street and that is a trail that goes directly to the PM.
It was hardly a surprise to learn the bulk of the events or social gatherings that the report examined transgressed the rules that had taken shape in the very office where staff binged on beer and gin and partied until the small hours.
One of these social gatherings sounded remarkably like a party thrown by a teenager whose parents had gone away.
Gray recorded how one guest had been sick, two others had become involved in an altercation – a fight in other words – while outside in the garden grown adults cavorted on a child's slide, managing to damage it in the process.
The next morning a cleaner reported that wine had been spilled onto a wall and some boxes of photocopying paper.
It all created a picture of the kind of anti-social behaviour that politicians are so keen to tell us they are cracking down on.
At one event, some guests were so drunk they were told to leave by the back door from Downing Street.
Gray’s conclusion that senior leadership at Downing Street "must bear responsibility for this culture" did not name Boris Johnson but it did not need to.
Whether he can tough it out remains to be seen but he is often most resilient at times of crisis.
As to how Kent's MPs feel, they are in the main keeping their counsel.
Perhaps they're waiting to see what their leader will tell them at the 1922 Committee tonight?
KMTV's bulletin on the publication of Sue Gray's report
Dover MP Natalie Elphicke did put her head above the parapet, tweeting that the government needed a laser-like focus on issues such as the cost-of-living crisis.