In an overheated House of Commons, the leader of the Conservative government maintained that he believed the event of May 20, 2020 in the gardens of his official residence was a business meeting.
At that time, in the midst of the first wave of COVID-19, only two people were allowed to be outside and many Britons were unable to say goodbye to their dying loved ones, hence the extent of the anger caused by this event to which more than 100 people would have been invited with instructions to bring a drink.
Boris Johnson explained that he should have felt that if the event could
technically to be considered as coming within the rules, the perception of the British, prevented from meeting their close relations, could be quite different.
I apologize from the bottom of my heart, he said.
He claimed to take the
errors that were committed.
Accusing Boris Johnson of
lie like a tooth pullerLabor opposition leader Keir Starmer ruled the Prime Minister’s defense
so ridiculous what is it
insulting for the British.
Will he now have the decency to resign? he said.
Calls for resignation
The Scottish separatists of the SNP and the Liberal Democrats have also called for his departure.
On this point, Boris Johnson referred to the internal investigation led by senior official Sue Gray.
Two years after his historic electoral victory, Boris Johnson has seen his popularity, long stainless, drop in recent months.
Faced with a series of revelations at the end of last year on parties organized in circles of power in defiance of health rules to fight against the coronavirus in 2020, he has seen the accusations tighten in recent days.
The ITV channel revealed on Monday evening the existence of an email sent to around 100 people by the Prime Minister’s Chief Secretary, Martin Reynolds, on May 20, 2020.
Bring your bottles, launched the invitation which called for
enjoy the nice weather during a drink
with social distancing in the gardens of the Prime Minister’s residence.
About thirty or forty people had responded to the invitation, according to the press, including the head of government and his fiancée Carrie whom he married shortly after.
Anger is growing louder within the ranks of the ruling Conservative Party, with party leader in Scotland, Douglas Ross, calling for a resignation if Boris Johnson is found to have broken the rules. According to the media, some believe that the question is no longer whether Boris Johnson will have to leave power, but when?
Johnson loses Tories support, headlines the conservative Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, while the popular Daily Mail wonders if
the party is over for the prime minister.
In addition to the holidays, his reputation has been tarnished by suspicion 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.
If he continues to refuse to leave, a vote of no confidence within the party, requiring 54 letters to be triggered, would be enough to overthrow him. Unlikely in the immediate future, this option is however no longer taboo among the conservatives, reluctant to bother with leaders in turmoil and who could prefer the Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak or the head of diplomacy Liz Truss.
If this crisis around respect for the rules appears to be the most serious for Boris Johnson, it is far from being the first.
He has already been confronted with the storms caused by the displacement through England in full confinement of his ex-adviser Dominic Cummings and his ex-Minister of Health Matt Hancock had to resign after being filmed kissing a collaborator, in defiance of the anti-COVID rules.