British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks outside Downing Street on January 12, 2022 in London, Britain. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
LONDON – The office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized to Queen Elizabeth on Friday after it was revealed that staff partied late into the night in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, when indoor mixing was banned.
Johnson faces the most serious crisis of his tenure after near-daily revelations about social gatherings during the COVID-19 lockdowns, some of which were held when ordinary people couldn’t take care of dying relatives in person
When an opinion poll showed the opposition Labor Party a 10-point lead over Johnson’s Conservatives, a report said he encouraged staff to speak out during regular “wine time Friday” gatherings “To let off steam”.
After building a political career on disregarding accepted norms, Johnson he is now under increasing pressure from some of his own lawmakers to stop. Opponents say he is unfit to govern and has misled Parliament by denying that COVID-19 guidelines have been breached.
In an extraordinary twist on a saga widely derided by comedians and cartoonists , the Daily Telegraph said that drinks parties were held in Downing Street on 16 April 2021, the day before Prince Philip’s funeral.
“It is deeply regrettable that this has come at a time of national mourning and No 10 (Downing Street) has apologized to the Palace,” Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.
Johnson was at his country home in Checkers that day and was not invited to any meetings, his spokesman said.
The Downing Street celebrations were so big, according to the Telegraph, that staff went to a nearby supermarket to buy a suitcase of alcohol, spilled wine on carpets and broke a swing belonging to the S
The next day, Queen Elizabeth bid farewell to Philip, her 73-year-old husband, after he died at the age of 99.
95-year-old Elizabeth, dressed in black and wearing a wearing a black face mask trimmed white, cut a poignant figure as she sat alone during his funeral service at Windsor Castle in strict compliance with coronavirus rules.
Opponents have called for Johnson, 57, to resign, portraying him as a charlatan who died from The British people have demanded to obey some of the most onerous rules in peace history while his staff reveled at the heart of government.
A small but growing number in Johnson’s Conservative Party have joined the calls, fearing it will permanently damage their electoral prospects “Unfortunately, the Prime Minister’s position has become untenable,” said Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen, a former iger Johnson supporter. “The time has come to leave the stage.”
In its latest rule-breaking report, the Mirror newspaper said staff bought a large wine fridge for Friday gatherings, events Johnson regularly observed as he walked to his apartment in the building went.
“When the PM tells you to ‘let off steam,’ he’s basically saying that’s fine,” he quoted a source.
Separately, the former head of the Government entity behind COVID restrictions, Kate Josephs, for holding her own drink collection when she quit the job in December 2020.
Johnson has given the parties a variety of explanations, ranging from rejecting any rules to express sympathy for the public’s anger at the apparent hypocrisy at the heart of the British state.
The Independent newspaper said Johnson had a plan to rescue his A mtes as Operation Save Big Dog.
“We have to look at the overall position we are in as a country, the fact that he (Johnson) delivered Brexit, that we are recovering from COVID… He has apologized.”
To ignite a leadership challenge, 54 of the 360 Conservative MPs must write letters of no-confidence to the leader of the 1922 party committee.
Johnson faces a tough year: Post-COVID-19 inflation rises, energy bills are rising, taxes are set to rise in April and his party faces local elections in May.
British police said Thursday they would not investigate gatherings held at Johnson’s home during a coronavirus lockdown, it said unless an internal government investigation finds evidence of potential crime.
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