Updated Saturday, January 15, 2022 –
Of all the parties that have come to light so far, the most painful for the public have been those that were held the night before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
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The British will forever remember the month of December 2020 as the first year of their lives that a pandemic took Christmas away from them with their loved ones. Foreigners living in the United Kingdom, many of them Europeans, will not forget the agony of the days before Christmas Eve trying to find a flight that left before the international border closure that occurred. In Downing StreetHowever, a sweeter or drier memory will remain forever, depending on taste, since it was the moment in which the tradition of ‘Friday wine’.
Put to skip the laws that they themselves drafted for the rest of the population, they must have thought, better to do it with style. After months of secret parties in the offices of the prime minister – since there is evidence of at least 16 of them since May – the employees, tired of the lukewarm wine, decided to buy a wine cellar valued at almost 250 euros which they placed in the press room. There they stored carefully and exactly at 5C the 34 bottles that previously, on the run and with little care, they had brought from the nearest supermarket hidden in a suitcase with wheels.
“It was a recurring plan that lasted until 3 in the morning,” he says in The Times one of the staff members Downing Street. “People liked to sleep it off on the sofas, they woke up there with a hangover, with glasses of alcohol thrown on the table that had to be picked up by the cleaning staff… A culture of drunkenness had been installed“.
Of all the parties that have come to light so far, the most painful for the public have been those that were held the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021. That Friday, one more of many, two farewell events were organized for the Prime Minister’s head of Communications, who left as deputy director of the daily The Sun, and one of Johnson’s personal photographs. I danced, he drank a lot of alcohol and the spree got out of control to such an extent that both groups met in the garden of number 10 of Downing Street where one of the attendees, blinded by drink, broke one of the toys of the son of the premier when trying to climb on top.
A Sue Gray, the person in charge of carrying out the independent investigation of the so-called Partygate, therefore, the work is piled up. Although he was expected to publish the conclusions of his report at the end of next week, the constant appearance of new information could delay the document a little more. Boris Johnson don’t lose hope of being able to hold on. If you don’t go too hard on him and his employees, and buy the story that all these parties were just business meetings, the conservative leader may have a chance of not being forced to resign.
The problem is that it seems that Gray, who takes pride in knowing the secrets of all those who have passed through Downing Street for the last decade as the person in charge of overseeing ethics within the Cabinet, she seems to feel personally hurt. Not only is it that they managed to hide from him what happened during those months, but he suspects, according to the British press, that the employees he has recently interviewed have agreed on a version to distort the truth of the events.
Something that the leader of the opposition has taken advantage of, Keir Starmer, to ensure that Johnson is “immersed in a spiral of deception” and that he is therefore “incapable of continuing to lead”. The Conservative, however, seems to have a plan in place called ‘Save Big Dog’ (Save the Big Dog) which consists of ‘sacrificing’, in the form of dismissals or resignations, a large part of its staff to try to save itself.
The public, however, does not seem willing to jump through hoops, because right now, and according to a recent poll of The Times, 63% of the British consider that Boris Johnson should resign, and only 24% consider the opposite. The rest is not clear yet. That yes, in what seems to be quite unanimity (80% of the answers), is that the prime minister has not been sincere when talking about the parties celebrated in Downing Street during confinement, and the same percentage also thinks that these events were not acceptable in any way.
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