“It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and 10 (Downing Street) has apologized to the palaceThe services of the British Prime Minister ended up apologizing to Queen Elisabeth II, following revelations about parties organized in Downing Street the day before the funeral of her husband Philip, in full confinement.
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, is swimming in the midst of scandal. Accused last week of corruption for the renovation of his official residence, he admitted having participated in a party held in Downing Street on May 20, 2020, while the country was in full lockdown. DThese other parties would also have been organized by his staff on April 16, the day before the funeral of Prince Philip. A new revelation that does not pass.
A striking difference
On the one hand, the images of a lonely Queen, saddened, but impeccable. On April 17, during the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, Elizabeth II embodied the image of an entire country subject to the harsh restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. During a small committee ceremony, she bids farewell. No exception, even for a Queen!
Far from being as exemplary, Boris Johnson’s staff are recovering at the same time from two parties, organized the day before to celebrate the departure of two employees. The country is however in full national mourning.
Prime Minister in turmoil
These new revelations are bad for the Prime Minister, who had to explain himself about a garden party organized on May 20, 2020. “I went to the garden a little after 6:00 p.m. on May 20, 2020 to thank the staff before returning to my office 25 minutes later to resume work“, he justified himself, affirming to have thought that it was about a working meeting.
Yet the invitations sent by his personal secretary leave little room for doubt, advising guests “to bring“their alcohol.
While opposition leader Keir Starmer has called for his resignation, members of his own camp are also turning against him. Roger Gale, a member of parliament for the Conservative Party, described him as “Undead“by calling for his replacement. While his popularity is at an all-time low, Boris Johnson is struggling to keep his post.
In the meantime, an investigation has been entrusted to Sue Gray, a member of the “Cabinet Office“, which is responsible for coordinating the action of the government. Deemed formidable, this official must shed light on a series of pots organized in the official residence despite strict and restrictive health rules.