The UK’s Tory government has had a busy few days trying to live down its latest scandals:
today’s politics in brief:
– Downing Street claims the rules were followed in its Christmas drinks parties, which turns out to mean they weren’t
– Matt Hancock claims his pub landlord didn’t get a PPE contract, which turns out to mean he basically did
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) December 1, 2021
I’ll cover the latest Hancock scandal in another article. As for the Downing Street parties:
According to the Mirror, Boris Johnson hosted a series of parties at Downing Street during November and December 2020, where attendees were packed “cheek by jowl” with each other in direct defiance of Johnson’s own Covid-19 social distancing rules – rules that the rest of us were under legal obligation to obey.
While London was under Tier 3 restrictions, Tories knocked back bucketloads of wine, played party games and received presents from their Secret Santa.
Around “40 or 50” people were said to have been crammed “cheek by jowl” into a medium-sized room in Number 10 for each of the two events.
“It was a Covid nightmare,” one source claimed.
[And a source] even suggested there were “always parties” in the flat Mr Johnson shares with wife, adding: “Carrie’s addicted to them”.
The party on December 18 last year took place on a day when 489 people died with Covid-19.
They were isolated from their families, meaning hundreds of people were prohibited from saying a last goodbye to their loved ones while Tories raved it up “cheek by jowl” in Downing Street.
Take a look at the way some of the Tories have been trying to sideline the issue:
"Nobody [from the public] has talked to me about this," says Andy Street, Tory West Midlands mayor, on the Downing St Christmas Party last year
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 2, 2021
Charlie Stayt – On the 18th of December there was a party at No.10… can you describe that party for us?
Oliver Dowden – The PM has been very clear that all rules were followed at all times
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) December 3, 2021
They’re all completely wrong about whether the public are interested. Whether it’s an outright lie or they’ve been misled is another matter. Start typing an internet search on Downing Street and you won’t have to go through many letters before “Downing Street Christmas Party” is displayed.
A lot of people have been looking for information on this.
One question that needs to be answered is: where where the political reporters from the mainstream media when these parties were taking place? Did they attend? And if so, did they fail to report on this scandalously hypocritical breach of Covid-19 regulations because they were too hungover afterwards, or for some other reason?
Exactly. Impossible to believe that the journos who are so deeply connected to their “sources” in No.10 DIDN’T know about Johnson’s rule breaking Christmas party. What else are they covering up for Johnson?#BrokenMedia https://t.co/YaTPj7whb0
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) December 2, 2021
Inquiring minds want to know. How sad that the journalists in question should be among the most inquiring minds in the whole of the UK, and they simply haven’t bothered to mention this for almost a year.
And now Boris Johnson is telling us to go ahead with our own Christmas parties this year, in spite of the threat his advisors reckon is posed by the Omicron variant; in spite of the fact that nearly 54,000 people in the UK were found to be infected with Covid-19 on December2; and in spite of the fact that the UK has the highest infection and death rate of any western European nation.
I’ve just cancelled a Christmas party. I’m gutted but I think the prime minister’s advice is incredibly reckless & wrong. https://t.co/tjGqc3ketb
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) December 2, 2021
There’s also the fact that Johnson didn’t bother cancelling everybody else’s Christmas until the day after he had his big Downing Street blowout – December 19 last year. We simply can’t trust him to stick to his word – especially as we can’t trust his government to protect us from the virus.
Finally, it seems there’s no point getting too het up about the prime minister having a huge piss-up in Downing Street while hundreds of our loved ones were dying alone, because the chief of London’s police has already announced that she won’t be investigating the allegations:
Even I was shocked to hear Cressida Dick saying on LBC, without hesitation, that she won’t investigate Downing Street for lockdown parties.
The Met Police are corrupt, the government are corrupt, the media complicit.
I honestly don’t know how we can overcome this.
— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) December 3, 2021
This Site has asserted many times that Dick is not fit to be Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Personally, I think she is too corrupt to be a serving police officer of any kind at all.
Her announcement is symptomatic of the whole corrupt set-up in Westminster now.
It really is one rule for them and another for us, enforced by their minions in the police.
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