NOT EXEMPLARY The British Prime Minister is at the heart of a series of revelations about breaches of health rules in his government.
< /p> Britons mock Boris Johnson by partying in his mask. — Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock/SIPA
After having had to To manage the wave of the coronavirus epidemic, Boris Johnson must now face the storm. That in the media but also in politics, fueled by the serial revelations about parties organized at 10 Downing Street while the country was under curfew, or even confined. In this “partygate”, the 57-year-old Tory introduced his apologies to Parliament on Wednesday for his attendance at the one of these parties in May 2020 claiming that he had thought; that it was a work meeting.
But since then, other revelations have arisen, including a party at Downing Street, without Boris Johnson, at the day before Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021. Elizabeth II had attended at the funeral of her husband alone in the chapel of Windsor Castle, a symbolic image of the rigor of the confinements. And this Saturday, the Mirror claims that every Friday, Downing Street workers completed their work. their working week by sharing glasses of wine, a “long-standing tradition” which has endured despite the introduction of restrictions linked to Covid-19 and prohibiting this type of meeting.
Criticized even in its majority
The anchored tablïd; to Left, which has made political scandals its specialty, adds that staff had invested in a fridge to keep their bottles of alcohol cool and that the Prime Minister was aware of these gatherings. A Downing Street spokesman dismissed to the conclusions of an investigation carried out by a senior official who will have to determine whether Boris Johnson and his collaborators broke the rules during the various events.
But anger is brewing, including in the conservative ranks of Boris Johnson who is fighting to stay in power. According to the newspapers, his supporters were called to boast of his achievements, including the implementation of Brexit, and some of his aides will be asked to take the door. Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer calls on him to resignation. “We are witnessing the sad sight of a mired Prime Minister. in deceit and trickery, unable to lead,” he is to say in a speech on Saturday.
But it was ; himself accused hypocrisy over photos showing him having a beer with a small group of Labor workers in an office last May, in London. a time when the meetings at inside were banned, except in the professional setting. When the photo had been first published last year, his party had advanced that Keir Starmer had not broken any rules because he was at a “workplace”.