Johnson under pressure: new allegations and demand for his resignation

As of: 01/15/2022 4:12 p.m

The British were in lockdown – their government was partying. According to a media report, these were not slip-ups. There is said to have been a “wine season” at the seat of government every Friday. The opposition demands consequences.

British opposition leader Keir Starmer has denied Prime Minister Boris Johnson the ability to govern in the face of the escalating “Partygate” affair. It is now in the “national interest” that Johnson resign, said the leader of the opposition Labor Party at a conference in London.

He called on the prime minister’s conservative Tory party to do what was necessary and get rid of Johnson. “What we have now is a situation where you have a prime minister who has lost the moral authority to lead,” Starmer said. MPs from Johnson’s own party had already brought the prime minister’s resignation into play.

Garden party when only two were allowed to meet

Johnson has been under immense pressure for a long time, especially because of celebrations in Downing Street during lockdown times. He apologized in Parliament on Wednesday for a garden party he attended at his official residence. It took place in May 2020 – at a time when Great Britain was in strict corona lockdown and even meetings of more than two people outdoors were prohibited.

But since this apology, reports of other celebrations at the seat of government have surfaced – including on the eve of the funeral of Queen Consort Prince Philip in April 2021. Strict corona rules also applied in Great Britain at the time, which left Queen Elizabeth II alone in the chapel of her residence Windsor had to sit when her husband was buried.

Regular at the “Weinzeit”

Johnson himself is said not to have attended this celebration. In the “Weinzeit”, which the “Daily Mirror” now reports, on the other hand, often. According to the report, British government employees regularly met for an after-work drink at the London seat of government during the corona lockdown on Fridays. The prime minister even encouraged her to “let off steam”.

The newspaper published a photograph purporting to show a wine fridge purchased specifically for the ritual – and having it delivered through a back door of Downing Street in December 2020.

The government will only comment after an investigation

According to the Daily Mirror, the “wine season” was recorded in the online calendars of around 50 British government employees. Johnson often joined meetings at the end of the day, the newspaper reported, quoting a source as saying: “The idea that he didn’t know there was drinking is utter nonsense.”

A government spokesman declined to comment on the newspaper report. According to him, the government wants to wait for an investigation by the official Sue Gray, who will compile the “facts” about meetings during the corona pandemic. Gray could present her report next week.

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