“Friday wines”: the weekly tradition in Downing Street during confinement that could sink Boris Johnson even more

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street in London, Britain, January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Friday wine-opening parties were a Downing Street lockdown tradition, said this Saturday the newspaper The Mirror, adding this data to the list of accusations and scandals that dot the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.

The 57-year-old Conservative leader, involved in the controversy of his government parties while the British were confined, he is the target of criticism from the opposition and also from his government.

It is certainly the worst crisis since his triumphant arrival in power in July 2019 and seems to have put his mandate on the tightrope.

Wednesday should have apologize to Parliament for his presence at one of these parties, in May 2020, but stated that he thought it was a Work meeting, an explanation that provoked widespread irritation and derision.

Since then, other compromising information has been published. Among them one party at the seat of government, in which Johnson did not participate, on the eve of the burial of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, in April 2021, when a strict lockdown was in force.

This Saturday, The Mirror claimed that, Every Friday, Downing Street employees concluded their working week with a few bottles of wine. they called them “the wines of Friday”, the “Wine-time fridays”, in English. An ancient “tradition”, which was maintained despite the confinement.

The newspaper adds that the prime minister was aware of these toasts. “Thinking that he didn’t know doesn’t make any sense,” a source told the Mirror.

A Downing Street spokesman said that it is necessary to wait for the conclusions of the report made by an official who will decide if Johnson and his collaborators did not respect the rules at various times.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs

But outrage is growing, even within Johnson’s conservative party, which is fighting to stay in power.

For its part, Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer called for his resignation.

“We attend the sad sight of a prime minister mired in lies and in lies, incapable of directing, ”Starmer will say in a speech this Saturday, according to previously released excerpts.

But the Labor leader is also accused of hypocrisy, as photos show him drinking a beer with a small group of party employees in an office last May, when this type of meeting was prohibited, except in the professional field.

When the photo was first published last year, the Labor Party argued that Starmer had not broken the law as it was “a workplace”.

(With information from AFP)


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