She doesn’t have to – she already has the names of everybody who attended and may start prosecutions whenever she wants. She just doesn’t want to.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
We’re all aware of the situation, I hope: it emerged a few days ago that Boris Johnson hosted a huge Christmas Party at 10 Downing Street, with attendees packed together “cheek by jowl”, while the rest of London was on Tier 3 lockdown and on a day when 489 people died from Covid-19.
There is a question over why it took so long for this to come out; were political correspondents like the BBC’s Laura Kuennsberg and ITV’s Robert Peston invited? If so, did they go? If so, is that the reason they didn’t report the breach of Covid regulations – that they were as guilty as everybody else? If so (again), then they should not be in the jobs they have if they’re so quick to lay themselves open to compromising situations so easily.
Downing Street has said that all the rules in force at the time were observed, but this cannot be true; if there was any kind of party involving many people, then the rules were broken.
You could not have a party in December 2020 & comply with rules which said you cannot have a party!
How hard can this be!!! pic.twitter.com/gRHkgkeLmO
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) December 4, 2021
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – now there’s a woman who has compromised herself thoroughly for the Tory government! – initially refused to investigate the alleged incident, saying she had not received a complaint about it.
Judging from the volume of entries in This Writer’s Twitter feed, that situation has now been rectified. Here’s just one example:
I should hope so too.
Nearly 4000 NHS & care workers signed my letter to Dame Cressida Dick calling for an investigation.
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) December 4, 2021
So, it seems, she has changed her tune and is now saying that the police don’t investigate crimes retrospectively.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but police can only ever investigate crimes retrospectively! They have to have been committed before any detection work can happen at all. We don’t have any Minority Report-style ‘pre-crime’ units (and that’s just as well because the film suggested that it wouldn’t work if we did)!
The Met say in relation to the Downing St Christmas party that they don’t investigate crimes retrospectively.
That is literally the only way you can investigate crimes.
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) December 4, 2021
So it’s a nonsense excuse.
Furthermore, it has been pointed out that Downing Street is under police guard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Everybody entering has to be signed in; everybody leaving has to be signed out.
Reminder: you need to pass a police check-point to get into Downing Street. Every name is logged. The police were there. No time need be spent – no investigation is necessary – it's all already written down. https://t.co/rqBmKHgOao
— Jessica Simor QC (@JMPSimor) December 4, 2021
So the police already have a list of everybody who attended the alleged party on December 18, 2020 – or should have.
Perhaps they destroyed it. That would be embarrassing because there are possible situations in which such lists may be required in the name of national security.
Perhaps Ms Dick’s name is on it. That would also be embarrassing.
In any event, officers on duty would have seen the people going in, and they must have seen the state of them by the time those people left. If all else fails, those officers could be interviewed.
What has become abundantly clear, though, is that nobody with the ability to do it has even the slightest interest in investigating the allegation that a boozy party happened in Downing Street during lockdown, meaning the prime minister of the UK broke his own rules.
That fact alone makes Johnson look as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo.
It also indicates that we have people in positions of authority whose only interest is in abusing those positions for their own personal gratification – and in protecting each other from the consequences if those abuses are discovered.
It’s bitterly offensive to all the families whose loved ones died alone that day because Johnson’s rules for the rest of us required family members to be distanced from their relatives who had contracted the virus.
It would be foolish of us to believe that Boris Johnson, Cressida Dick, or anybody who attended that alleged party, cares about their loss in any way at all.
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