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Covid and Christmas party in London: Boris Johnson apologizes

The Covid-19 and the 2020 end-of-year celebrations are putting Boris Johnson in trouble. A video broadcast by ITV News highlighted a Christmas party held at 10 Downing Street, in the absence of the Prime Minister, on December 18, 2020. Severely affected by the pandemic, the United Kingdom was then subject to severe restrictions anti-Covid. About 40 people are said to have gathered that evening, just as the British were deprived of family gatherings: Meetings of two or more people were prohibited.

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Rumors had circulated for several days about this Christmas Party, denied by Boris Johnson. A new scandal for the Prime Minister who said to himself ” mad “ and who announced the opening of an internal investigation. Boris Johnson claimed he had him “Been insured several times” qu’« there had been no party “ and that’“No rule” had not been violated. “I apologize unreservedly”, he declared to Parliament on Wednesday, December 8.

Jokes that do not pass

Close associates of Boris Johnson are on this video, seen by thousands of people on social networks. We see in particular his former press secretary Allegra Stratton joking about this Christmas party.

During a rehearsal for an upcoming press briefing, one of the collaborators suggests that “It was not a party, but a cheese and wine (evening)”. Allegra Stratton discusses “A business meeting” and adds, jokingly: “This imaginary party was a business meeting and there was no social distancing. “ In the meantime, Allegra Stratton, who became the Prime Minister’s spokesperson for COP26, announced her resignation on Wednesday, December 8, just hours after the broadcast of this video.

Labor Party leader Keir Starmer was quick to question “Moral authority” of Boris Johnson to lead the country during the pandemic. “Her Majesty The Queen sat alone at the funeral of the man she had been married to for 73 years. Leadership, sacrifice – this is what gives leaders the moral authority to lead, did he declare. Does the Prime Minister think he has the moral authority to lead and to ask the British people to play by the rules? “ Several opposition MPs are now demanding the resignation of Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson already overwhelmed for his management of the pandemic

This is not Boris Johnson’s first faux pas regarding the pandemic. In the past, he has already been accused of laxity and blamed for his management in the face of Covid-19.

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In the spring of 2020, as the virus took hold in Europe, the British government opted for collective immunity, following the advice of scientists. At the time, the UK was not as affected as the rest of the continent. No restrictions were in place, as France closed its schools on March 12 and confined itself five days later. It was only on March 23 that a partial confinement was put in place in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, Boris Johnson’s government has come under heavy criticism for its delay in making the decision.

The United Kingdom, which has 146,000 dead, is one of the countries in Europe most affected by the coronavirus.


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