via Associated Press
INTERNATIONAL – Cornered, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged this Wednesday, January 12 in front of the deputies his presence at a party in Downing Street in full confinement in 2020 and presented his “apologies”, without convincing the opposition which demands his resignation.
In the hot seat after a string of overwhelming scandals, the long-stained 57-year-old Tory has had his toughest weekly parliamentary question-and-answer session since coming to power in triumph in July 2019, as the savior of a Brexit in the ‘dead end.
The event in question, on May 20, 2020 in the gardens of his official residence, took place at a traumatic time for the British. In the midst of the first wave of Covid-19, only two people were allowed to be outside and many of them were unable to say goodbye to their dying loved ones.
In an electric House of Commons, Boris Johnson maintained that he then estimated that the evening, where a hundred people would have been invited with instructions to bring a drink, was a work event. He admitted to having spent 25 minutes in the garden, an office extension then “constantly” used in view of the virtues of the great outdoors against the virus.
Accusing the Prime Minister of lies, Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer found his defense “so ridiculous” that it was “insulting” to his compatriots.
An opinion shared by a number of Internet users who laughed at this excuse. On Twitter, it was possible to see a crowd of diversions blooming this Wednesday, parodying the idea of a work meeting with festive images. Even the Twitter account of the Irish company Ryanair got into it.
“Boris Johnson for 25 minutes on May 20, 2020” – “I don’t know I’m at a party”
“I thought it was a work event”
“The Downing Street Labor Event according to Hieronymus Bosch”
Faced with a series of revelations late last year about parties organized in power circles in defiance of health rules to fight the coronavirus in 2020, Boris Johnson has seen the accusations tighten.
The ITV television channel revealed on Monday evening the existence of an email sent by the Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister, Martin Reynolds, on May 20, 2020. “Bring your bottles”, launched the invitation which called for “taking advantage of the good weather ”on the occasion of a drink“ with social distancing ”in the gardens of the residence of the head of government.
Thirty or forty people had responded to the invitation, according to the press, including Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie whom he married shortly after. But, assures Downing Street, he had not read this email leaving little ambiguity on the festive nature of the event.
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