Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is the subject of criticism on Tuesday after it came to light that his private secretary had invited more than 100 people to a fiesta to which the guests had to bring their own bottles of alcohol in the garden of Downing Street during the first coronavirus lockdown.

Johnson, who won a landslide victory in the 2019 election, has found himself at the center of controversy for the past month after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking about a party at Downing Street during a 2020 Christmas lockdown.

The revelations about a series of parties in Downing Street have provoked popular derision, prompting jokes from comedians and criticism of the leader of the Labor Party of the opposition, Keir Starmer, who stated that Johnson lacked the moral authority to run the country.

Johnson and his partner, Carrie, were among those who met with some 40 employees in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020, after the private secretary of the prime minister, Martin Reynoldswill send an email invitation, Reuters reported.

“After such a busy period, we thought it would be nice to take advantage of the good weather and have some social distancing drinks in the garden of Number 10 (Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence) tonight,” Reynolds said in the email.

“Please join us starting at 6pm and bring your own drink,” the message read. At the time of the meeting, schools were closed for most students, and pubs and restaurants were closed, with strict controls on social activity.

So strict were the rules at the time that police punished people for celebrating parties, erected random checkpoints in some areas, and in central England, used drones to monitor sights. Johnson’s office declined to comment on the information.

In recent months, the 57-year-old Johnson has faced criticism for his handling of a corruption scandal, awarding lucrative coronavirus contracts, renovating his Downing Street flat and accusing him that he intervened to ensure the evacuation of pets from Kabul during the chaotic western retreat in August.

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