The parties in Downing Street during the confinement took place every Friday, reports this Saturday the newspaper The Mirror, adding to the list of accusations leveled against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose position seems increasingly fragile.
Involved in the controversy of the parties, the 57-year-old conservative is openly criticized by the majority and faces the worst crisis since taking office in July 2019.
On Wednesday, Boris Johnson apologized to Parliament for attending a party in May 2020, claiming he had thought it was a business meeting.
But since then, other revelations have emerged, including the holding of a party in Downing Street – without Boris Johnson – on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021. Elizabeth II attended her husband’s funeral alone in the Castle chapel. of Windsor, a symbolic image of the rigors of confinement.
This Saturday, The Mirror newspaper reveals that every Friday Downing Street staff ended their work week by sharing glasses of wine, a “long tradition” that continued despite Covid-19-related restrictions that prohibited such gatherings. .
The paper added that staff had invested in a refrigerator to keep their bottles of alcohol cool and that the prime minister was aware of the meetings.
Outrage is growing even within Johnson’s Conservative ranks as the British prime minister struggles to stay in power.
According to newspapers, his supporters have been asked to praise his policies, including the implementation of Brexit, and some of his collaborators will be asked to leave.
Meanwhile, opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer is demanding his resignation. “We are witnessing the sad spectacle of a prime minister mired in deceit and trickery, unable to lead,” he said in a speech delivered today.
However, Keir Starmer himself has been accused of hypocrisy, over photographs showing him drinking beer with a small group of labor employees in an office last May, at a time when internal meetings were prohibited except for strictly professional ones.
When the photograph was first published last year, his party argued that Keir Starmer had not broken any rules because he was in a “workplace”.
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