The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has admitted on Wednesday that he attended a party in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020, during the first lockdown imposed in the country by the COVID-19 pandemic, at the same time who has offered his apologies.
In a session of questions to the ‘premier’ in the House of Commons, Johnson has justified that he “believed that it was a work event”, although he has indicated that, instead, “I should have sent everyone in and should have found another way of thanking (their work) to the staff ».
In the same way, it has recognized that, even if the event had been adjusted to the restrictions imposed at that time by the pandemic, it would have to have understood that “millions” of people would not think the same.
In this context, it has indicated that it cannot anticipate the conclusions of the investigation opened by the alleged parties that have taken place in Downing Street during the pandemic, but he has indicated that he knows that there are things that the Government “simply” did not do “well”, so he has assured that he has to “take responsibility.”
Johnson concluded his speech by asking “my wholehearted forgiveness” from the House of Commons and those who could not be with their loved ones at that time, while acknowledging that “millions” of people have suffered during the pandemic and that understands the “anger” that citizens may feel with their Government if they believe that the people who decide the rules did not follow them “correctly”, the BBC has collected.
For his part, the leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, has demanded that Johnson, whom he has accused of spending months “cheating”, to behave in a “decent” way and resign.
In the same way, he has pointed out that the apology of the ‘premier’ has no “value”, noting that Johnson has denied “ridiculously” having attended parties in Downing Street knowing that it was not true and calling him “scoundrel”. Johnson has replied that he will assume the results of the ongoing investigation “appropriately” and wished that things had happened “differently” on the afternoon of May 20, 2020.
After the session in the House of Commons, Johnson has gone to the room where the deputies usually meet and the prime ministers approach to shore up the support of their own benches.
Johnson’s intervention has caused mixed reactions among the ‘Tories’. Some, like Christopher Chope has described the apology of the ‘premier’ like “sincere”, whereas another, in condition of anonymity and quoted by the BBC, has indicated that “it has not been enough”.
The voices calling for Johnson’s resignation do not stop growing, also from the conservative ranks. This is the case of the leader of the Scottish conservatives, Douglas Ross, who has considered that the position of the ‘premier’ “is no longer tenable” and that of the prominent deputy William Wgragg, who is the chairman of the committee on constitutional affairs in the Commons.
The ‘premier’ is once again in the spotlight due to the information that points to the celebration of a party in Downing Street to which a hundred people were invited. Each guest was required to bring their own drink, and according to several witnesses, Johnson and his wife, Carrie, were among those in attendance. The Metropolitan Police has already opened an investigation for an alleged “violation” of the rules imposed in the framework of the pandemic.
It is not the first time that the Johnson administration has received criticism for holding parties during the toughest moments of the pandemic. On December 18, 2020, when another lockdown was in force in the United Kingdom, a party was held with “dozens” of people. The official doctrine then went through prohibiting indoor meetings except for members of the same family bubble and limiting contacts as much as possible.