This is one of the images symbols of the rigor of confinements in the United Kingdom: the nonagenarian queen, all dressed in black up to the mask, sitting alone in the chapel of Windsor castle during the funeral of prince Philippe.
Until the early morning of April 17, 2021, in a period of national mourning, Downing Street employees celebrated the departure of two members of the team, according to The Telegraph, communications director James Slack, since deputy editor of the tabloid The Sun, and a personal photographer of Boris Johnson.
These two very drunk pots bringing together around thirty people, one of whom was organized in the basement of the building where a manager was the host, had met in the gardens of the official residence, according to the daily close to the to be able to. A person had been sent to a supermarket to buy bottles of wine which they brought back to Downing Street in a suitcase, he said.
At the time, indoor meetings were banned, with only a maximum of six Britons able to meet outside.
In a statement, James Slack issued an apology on Friday.
unreservedly for the anger and pain caused.
This event should not have happened at the time, he added, saying to assume
Boris Johnson, 57, was not present and was, according to a spokesperson quoted by the Telegram, at Chequers, the country residence of British heads of government.
The embarrassment of Boris Johnson and the Tories
But these new revelations add to an already long list of parties organized in circles of power during the periods of confinement of the past two years. They also highlight, according to witnesses quoted in the media, a real drinking culture in Downing Street.
They further sink the Conservative leader who, in case of COVID contact, has not been seen in public since his mea culpa on Wednesday in Parliament for his presence at one of these parties in May 2020. He said he then thought he was it was a business meeting.
Going through the worst crisis since his triumphant arrival in power in July 2019, now very weakened in the polls, he is now fighting to stay at the head of the government.
The Queen sat alone, grieving, like so many others at the time, affected by personal trauma and sacrifice, in order to play by the rules in the national interest, denounced on Twitter Angela Rayner, the deputy leader of Labour, the main opposition party.
Very critical, several Conservative MPs, some of whom have been fervent supporters so far, have joined the opposition in demanding the resignation of Boris Johnson.
a moral vacuum at the heart of government, Andrew Bridgen is the latest to submit a letter of no confidence to a powerful committee governing the parliamentary organization of the Conservative Party.
If he receives enough, the latter will have to organize a new leadership race to replace the Prime Minister.
The head of diplomacy Liz Truss, seen as a potential candidate for the post of prime minister, said Friday to support him%”,”text”:”to 100%”}}’>100 %. While saying understand the
anger people, she called for focusing on issues like post-COVID recovery.
Another potential challenger, his finance colleague Rishi Sunak, was much more reserved.
But before drawing any consequences, Boris Johnson and his ministers repeat that it is advisable to wait, next week at best, for the conclusions of an internal investigation carried out by a senior official. Criticized for its wait-and-see attitude, the London police have adopted the same line.
the Times said on Friday that this investigation would not have found enough evidence of criminal offences.
These parties also anger relatives of COVID victims. The Bereaved Families for Justice association sees this as a
total disdain for the public.