Bring your bottles, suggested an email, revealed by ITV News and sent by Boris Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, on May 20, 2020, when the British could only legally meet with one person outside.
The message invited to
enjoy the nice weather during a drink
with social distancing in the gardens of the Prime Minister’s residence.
The 57-year-old Conservative leader, elected triumphantly in 2019, is once again seeing anger flare up, including among his majority MPs and in the conservative press, after an fall of scandals once overshadowed by the surge of the Omicron variant at the end of December. UK.
An internal investigation is already looking into parties that would have been organized in May, November and December 2020 in the circles of power: wines and cheeses in the sun, departure drink or virtual quiz …
According to British media reports, the head of government and his wife (then his fiancee) Carrie themselves took part in the
garden party May 20 with around 40 people.
The same day, the Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden however reminded the English population of the strict rules in force:
you can meet someone outside your home in a public place, outside, as long as you stay two meters apart.
The police, who repeated the same instructions, said they were in contact with the government on this case which could trigger an investigation for violation of health rules.
The revelation sparked anger among the families of victims of the pandemic, which has claimed more than 150,000 lives in the UK.
Hannah Brady, spokesperson for COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said in a statement that made her
sick to think that Downing Street employees
had partied a few days after the death of her father, when she had not even had the right to hug her friends.
Stop lying to the British
Jonathan Evans, the head of the Independent Committee on Standards in Public Life, which advises prime ministers on ethics, said the latest allegations reflected a certain
negligence in terms of compliance with standards.
Asked – before the revelation of the invitation – about his presence at this event, Boris Johnson contented himself with an embarrassed smile to refer to the ongoing investigation, led by senior official Sue Gray.
Stop lying to the British. It’s time to confess it all, the leader of the Labor Party, the main opposition party, Keir Starmer, questioned him on Twitter.
His party got a question in parliament at noon on Tuesday, but Boris Johnson delegated the task of answering it to a second-tier government member, Michael Ellis, who referred to the ongoing investigation amid boos from MPs .
For Angela Rayner, right arm of Keir Starmer,
his absence speaks volumes. The public has already drawn its own conclusions.
The head of government will however have to face the wrath of deputies Wednesday during the traditional questioning session to the government.
His reputation has already been tarnished by suspicions of lying about the financing of the luxurious renovation of his company apartment, the awarding of contracts between friends during the pandemic or even accusations of favoritism towards generous donors from the Conservative Party.
For now, the charismatic leader insists on the success of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 or the achievement of Brexit which had seduced the popular classes usually won over to Labor in the north of England.
But his popularity has plummeted in recent months, including within his party: Nearly half of conservatives polled (46%) believe Finance Minister Rishi Sunak would make a better prime minister, according to a YouGov poll for SkyNews revealed on Sunday .
To overthrow it, a vote of no confidence within the Conservative Party would suffice.