Updated on 01/15/2022 at 16:34
- Pressure is mounting on all sides as the British Prime Minister seeks to make a fresh start.
- A report of regular meetings in Downing Street despite corona restrictions is putting Boris Johnson in trouble – and it’s not just the opposition shooting at him.
New allegations of breaching corona rules at his seat of government have increased the already immense pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to a media report, during the pandemic there have been not only isolated but regular meetings in Downing Street at which booze is alleged to have leaked. So wrote the “Mirror”, usually well-informed in the “Partygate” affair. There are calls for his resignation from the opposition and his Conservative party.
Johnson employees met every Friday for “wine hour Fridays,” the “Mirror” reported on Saturday. The Prime Minister encouraged her to “let off steam” – even though indoor meetings were strictly prohibited under lockdown rules. Johnson himself visited these meetings on several occasions. Employees purchased an office refrigerator specifically for regular meetings to keep their bottles of white wine, Prosecco and beer cool.
Friday meetings to end the week have long been a tradition in Downing Street, including under previous governments, according to The Mirror. Meetings continued after corona restrictions were imposed and indoor meetings of different households were banned.
Confinement evenings become the “Partygate” affair
Johnson has long been under enormous pressure in the “Partygate” affair. He wants to get out of trouble politically with a full restart. Internal investigations are currently underway into the evenings of confinement at the seat of government, and the Prime Minister wants to await the results.
Meanwhile, the head of government is facing calls for his resignation from the opposition but also from his own conservative conservative party. On Saturday, Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood told the BBC that Johnson had to “lead or step down”.
Backbench and former Johnson ally Andrew Bridgen said he felt the prime minister had “lost his moral authority to lead the country”. Bridgen is among a number of Tory MPs who have previously written to express their defiance of Johnson. Asked about wine parties in Downing Street, he told BBC breakfast television that it didn’t matter whether Johnson was there or not. “At the end of the day, he is responsible for what happens in government,” he said. “What we’re seeing is a culture where there’s a rule for them and the rest of us do what we’re told. That’s just not acceptable.”
resignation demands against Johnson
Those words were also echoed in a speech by opposition leader Keir Starmer. It is now in the “national interest” for Johnson to resign, the Labor leader told a conference in London on Saturday. He called on the Tories to do the necessary – and get rid of Johnson.
It was recently reported that there were celebrations at the seat of government on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip’s Queen consort in April 2021. At that time, strict contact and distance rules applied in Great Britain. -Brittany. Queen Elizabeth II therefore had to sit alone in the chapel of her residence in Windsor when her husband, to whom she had been married for 73 years, was buried. Downing Street apologized. “It is deeply regrettable that this happened at a time of national mourning,” a spokesperson for Johnson said. (dpa/mf)
Boris Johnson is already heavily criticized for several alleged confinement parties at his official residence. The latest report risks worsening the situation for the British Prime Minister. Because now the grieving queen is dragged into the affair. Thumbnail: dpa