British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of attending another party during Britain’s first nationwide lockdown in May 2020. This was reported by the Daily Mail on December 16.
According to reports, the prime minister and about 20 Downing Street employees hosted pizza and alcohol celebrations on May 15, 2020. Meanwhile, a few hours earlier at the time, Health Secretary Matt Hancock had held a press conference announcing that 384 people had died of the coronavirus, and then he himself joined Johnson.
At that meeting, the prime minister allegedly told a government employee who had been drinking alcohol that he deserved his drink for his work in “defeating the virus.” Johnson, it is noted, violated a ruling of his own government. In doing so, he warned days before the party that fines for violators of social distancing restrictions would increase.
Downing Street staff is accused of holding four gatherings that may have violated seclusion rules last year, including one Nov. 13 gathering at the prime minister’s Downing Street residence attended by his wife Carrie.
In addition to the Dec. 15 quiz night, Downing Street staffers are accused of hosting a Dec. 18 Christmas party and a farewell party at which the prime minister allegedly gave a short speech on Nov. 27.
Earlier, on Dec. 13, Boris Johnson was also accused of violating anti-coronavirus measures after the British media published a photo taken in 2020 of him playing quizbowl with his colleagues without a mask. According to the Daily Mirror, members of his office hosted Christmas parties in Downing Street at the height of the second wave of COVID-19.
Since then, according to a poll by the YouGov polling institute, the rating of the head of the British government has fallen to a record low for the entire time he has been in office. Thus, two-thirds of the respondents (66%) who took part in the survey declared their negative attitude towards Johnson, only 24% spoke positively about him, the rest of those who participated in the survey were not able to define their attitude towards the Prime Minister.