UK leader Boris Johnson faces demands for resignation over Garden Party “bringing his own wine” during COVID lockdown

Wednesday brings a momentary tradition of “Prime Minister’s Question Time” in the British Parliament, when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has to stand before his fellow elected legislators and answer their questions. This is the weekly political theater that usually makes some headlines, but this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has some very serious questions to answer.

Opposition leader Carey Starmer, for example, will ask why Johnson’s right-hand man invited about 100 people to a “bring your own wine” garden party at the Prime Minister’s official residence, 10 Downing Street, in May 2020, when The British were strict Corona virus Lockdown measures and such gatherings were illegal.

Of Laws in England The lockdown was fairly clear: there was no mixing inside the house, and outside, people were allowed to meet only one person in the other house, provided social distance was maintained. An invitation emailed to 100 people by Martin Reynolds, Johnson’s principal private secretary, which has been seen by the BBC and other major UK news organizations, called for the social gathering to be socially excluded. Yes, but obviously more than two out of two people. Different families were expected.

Boris Johnson visits the Oxbridge constituency.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is preparing to see a man taking his COVID-19 booster shot while visiting a pharmacy circle in Axbridge, England on January 10, 2022.

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The BBC reports that two sources close to the incident confirmed that Johnson and his wife were present. If so, he was among about two dozen people who broke the government’s own rules – legally binding laws – while the rest of the country was visited by family members in hospitals or died of COVID-19. Attendance at funerals of loved ones was also prohibited.

More than 24 hours after the invitation and the claim that Johnson attended the party, he still refused to comment, saying with a trademark smile that he could not do so because his The party was under formal investigation in the backyard of his house. Other gatherings were allegedly held by its staff in violation of lockdown rules.

The deviation was unlikely to survive Wednesday’s question time, as demands for Johnson’s resignation mounted on opposition benches in Parliament, and fellow Conservative lawmakers quickly made it clear that if the allegations were confirmed. The post of Prime Minister will be unbearable.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, it’s because Johnson has already had to defend his government over allegations that he and his senior aides have broken their rules – less so. At least twice

Boris Johnson is facing backlash from the parties.


It first came to light that in March 2020, Johnson’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, drove for hours to visit family in the north of England with his wife and children and visited a tourist destination in the region. Violation of lockdown rules. Despite the uproar, Johnson refused to fire Cummings, who resigned.

Then, in December 2021, It came out That senior No. 10 Downing Street staff held a “business meeting” that looked like a Christmas party a year ago – again, during the lockdown.

No one was fired for the rebellion, and Johnson insisted he was unaware of the gathering (which took place at his home and in which he allegedly attended). “It would be annoying to think that the people who are making the rules are not following the rules.”

He was also “angry”, he assured the frustrated nation.

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But when asked about being invited to a booze garden party this week, which he is said to have attended himself, the prime minister appeared to be angry. His smiling remarks are not well-received.

Opposition parties have been demanding his resignation since the start of Wednesday’s parliamentary session, and the growing course of Prime Minister’s Conservative allies has made it clear that it will be impossible for Johnson to substantiate his claims.

“How can you defend the invincible? You can’t!” Conservative parliamentarian Christian Wakeford said in a tweet. “It’s a shame and worse, when it’s already low, it further erodes confidence in politics.”

Baroness Altman, a former Conservative government minister and life member of the House of Lords, told the BBC’s Newsnight program on Tuesday: . ” “What has happened is that what has happened is totally unprovable, and we cannot have a country where the leadership believes it can make rules for others and break them itself.”

If Johnson fails to convince parliament on Wednesday that what “apparently happened” did not happen, there will be huge pressure on the prime minister to resign.

Under British law, if he decides to resign, Johnson’s Conservative Party – based on its victory in the last national election – will have to elect a new leader internally to take over the PM’s job. Opposition lawmakers will demand that the government hold new elections, so that the country’s voters can decide for themselves.