The reveal of two new parties in Downing Street, held in the hours before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh have further increased the pressure on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, and have led to the protagonist of one of these celebrations, the export spokesman James Slack, apologize publicly.
According to various sources, two celebrations converged in Downing Street on the 16 April 2021, at a time when indoor meetings between non-cohabitants were prohibited. The next day, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone at her husband’s funeral; one of the symbolic images of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokeswoman for Downing Street has confirmed that Slack “gave a farewell speech” that day, as he was leaving the post to start work at ‘The Sun’ newspaper. He thanked all his colleagues for their work, some of whom “were working from home.”
However, he has avoided responding to the doubts raised about the consumption of drinks or even the music that would have accompanied this farewell. “Nothing more to add”, the spokeswoman has settled.
Slack has been clearer, which in a statement has apologized “unreservedly” for “the anger and damage caused. “This event should not have been held at that time. I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility,” he said.
Johnson already apologized on Wednesday for attending another party in May 2020, but pressure has mounted around him with several party comrades already openly asking him to step down. The opposition has also demanded responsibilities.
The ‘number two’ of Labor, Angela Rayner, He has questioned the behavior in Downing Street and has made it ugly that the last party to see the light took place just a few hours after Prince Philip’s funeral, when “the queen sat alone”, with the “trauma” and “sacrifice” that this meant, to respect sanitary measures.
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey, has also pointed out that «while she (Isabel II) was in mourning, at number ten (de Downing Street) They celebrated parties.” “The queen sitting alone (…) was one of the defining images of confinement,” he added.