It’s an explosive new episode in the saga of
party gate, these watered pots organized, according to the press, in Downing Street despite the restrictions put in place in the face of the pandemic, which plunged the leader into the worst crisis since his triumphant arrival in power in the summer of 2019.
Boris Johnson apologized to Parliament last week after press reports about his attendance at a party on May 20, 2020 in the garden of his official residence in full confinement, saying he then thought it was a work meeting.
” I can tell you categorically that no one told me that this was something that violated anti-COVID rules, that it was not a work event. »
False, according to Dominic Cummings. The influential mastermind of the victorious Brexit campaign, which had been introduced by Boris Johnson to the heart of power, accused the latter on social networks of having lied.
He claimed to have himself warned Boris Johnson before the holding of this event, for which the private secretary of the Prime Minister had sent a hundred invitations.
The Prime Minister was warned about these invitations, he knew it was a pot, he lied to Parliament, wrote on his Twitter account the one who regularly launches attacks against his former leader since his departure at the end of 2020 in a context of internal struggles.
Dominic Cummings also claimed Boris Johnson dismissed his concerns when he asked him to
take over this madhouse, in a long story published on his blog. He said he was ready to
swear under oath.
Media have reported that Mr Cummings will be heard as part of the internal investigation into the various Downing Street parties led by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant known for her integrity.
Towards a resignation of Johnson?
Already weakened by a proliferation of calls for resignation, even in the Conservative ranks, and disastrous polls, Boris Johnson is playing big. Deliberately misleading Parliament can cost him his job, under the ministerial code of conduct.
Saying to understand the anger of the public, he reiterated his apologies for his
bad judgments as well as those sent by Downing Street to Queen Elizabeth II for two parties organized in April 2021 on the eve of the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip.
But questioned several times about a possible resignation, he systematically evaded, referring to the conclusions expected soon from the internal investigation.
Before his sensational departure from Downing Street, Dominic Cummings himself had been singled out for having contravened the anti-COVID rules in the spring of 2020 by traveling with his family in full confinement, which was prohibited.
Should Boris Johnson resign if a lie in Parliament is proven?
The ministerial code is clear about this., replied his finance minister Rishi Sunak, perceived as a potential candidate for his succession.
However, he said
of cours believe the Prime Minister, supporting
fully his call to
patience pending the results of the internal investigation.
For the Labor Party, the main opposition formation, on the other hand, it is not appropriate to wait. His number two, Angela Rayner, called on the Prime Minister to
tell the truth and to
to resign instead of
hide behind internal investigations.
According to British media, Boris Johnson is planning a series of populist measures dubbed
Bone to gnaw operation to save his post and reconquer his base. One of them, the BBC license fee freeze announced on Monday, has sparked controversy.