Social media has once again been flooded with debate over the prime minister’s position this week after a close aide of his said Boris Johnson had no idea he was at a party while raising a glass with colleagues and friends in a room Were were Liquor.
Images were released hours before Sue Grey’s report was published, showing Johnson at a party headed for senior advisers, Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, in Downing Street on November 13, 2020. There were at least eight other people in the room at the time when social gatherings other than meeting in person outside were banned, and at least one person has received a fine in relation to the incident – but not Boris himself.
In an interview last week, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps suggested that his boss was unaware he had broken the rules. “I see his red box there, which is his work box, it looks to me like he goes downstairs on his way out of the office and thanks the staff and raises a glass, and in his mind does not recognize it as a party,” he told Sky News. “And in fact the police have looked into this and spent a lot of time and resources.” You can get more politics news and other story updates by subscribing to our newsletters.
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This will not be the first time the prime minister has defended being oblivious to the rules instigated by his own government during the lockdown. He also said that he did not realize that attending a gathering in June, 2020, which was attended by around 30 people, had broken the rules.
Regarding the 13 November party, Sue Grey’s report, which was released last week, which also mentioned several similar parties, which you can read about here, said: “The Prime Minister in his Downing Street flat. 19.17. He went to the press office area, attended the meeting and gave a speech for Le Can. Alcohol was provided and the attendees, including the Prime Minister, were drinking. There are many pictures of him.” You can see all those pictures here.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said in a debate during a COVID briefing on Friday: “I don’t think the Prime Minister can escape his responsibility by simply apologizing for it and saying that when he entered a room where people Were eating and drinking, sitting on each other’s laps, making plans to spend the night there in the early hours, that they didn’t realize it didn’t conform to the rules they were setting themselves. I’m afraid I don’t find that believable and I don’t think many others do.”
WellsOnline posted that comment to Facebook to see what the prime minister made himself out of hot water. What did some of them think?
Maureen Moore said: “Oh come on now. Boris smiles at his sly grin with every apology. Does anyone really believe this bullshit excuse? I’m blind but I’ll know if there’s a party going on in my house Is it or not. How many times will you let this guy fool you?”
Jill Shorting agreed, saying: “Boris should resign. He sets the rules and breaks them, he’s a liar and can’t be trusted.” Some were critical of the First Minister, such as Glen Chandler, who said: “We, the silent majority, don’t find you even credible.” However, as Paul Albert pointed out: “the real majority voted last year and they” [Labour] Won.”
Some argued that the nation needed to move on from the “saga” and focus on other things – the parties the Tories have tried to use on several occasions since they came to the fore. Adda Macchich agreed, saying: “Oh, leave it. We have far bigger and much more current problems than the old covid lockdown nonsense. Proceed to God. ,
David Birch said: “Oh, for crying out loud, we can get into war if we are not careful. We have a huge debt that will have to be paid off for some time, we are still in a pandemic and people Still chewing on things that happened two years ago.”
Ann English retorted: “Some people said their last goodbyes to their family members via phone and I’m sure these people will ‘chew things’ for many years to come. They have had to stick to the rules made by Boris Johnson. There was no choice but to stay.”
Hywell Wynne Jones wrote: “I do not vote for Mark Drakeford’s party, but I despise and despise the amount of childish, derogatory, negative comments by those who are lying, degrading and degrading, advocating or supporting the immoral. I like to do. The irresponsible model, who continues to be the prime minister of a divided state.”