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No 10 during Covid lockdowns was a ‘pantomime’ with ‘Wine Time Fridays’ and a ‘culture of not adhering to any rules’

15th Jun 23 1:24 pm

Whilst Boris Johnson was Prime Minister No 10 Downing Street was a “pantomime” during the Coronavirus lockdown.

An official has spoken out and said that No 10 was “an oasis of normality” and under Johnson’s rule there was a “culture of not adhering to any rules.”

There was “Wine Time Fridays” birthday parties and quite clearly alot of fun whilst millions could not see their loved ones dying in hospital or spend time with their families who lived elsewhere in the UK at the time.

In March 2020 when the first lockdown started the official asked is masks should be worn, but was told there is “no point,” the Privileges Committee received in written evidence.

Security urged staff at No 10 to be “mindful” that there could be scrutiny outside the then Prime Minister’s official residence and place of work, in urging the staff to be seen in public to be following the guidance.

The statement says, “No 10 was like an island oasis of normality. Operational notes were sent out from the security team to be mindful of the cameras outside the door, not to go out in groups and to social distance. It was all pantomime.

“Birthday parties, leaving parties and end-of-week gatherings all continued as normal.

“Those responsible for the leadership of No 10 failed to keep it a safe space and should have set rules from the start that these gatherings should not continue.

“It was only more than a year into the pandemic that No 10 set up a one-way system and desk divider screens.”

This comes after the Privileges Committee’s report has found that Johnson “deliberately misled the House” and the former Prime Minister has said this is designed to be “the final knife thrust” which is a “political assassination.”

The report has found that Johnson “repeated contempts” of Parliament over his repeated “Partygate” denials.

The cross-party investigation also found of being complicit in a campaign of abuse and intimidation and recommended a 90 day suspension which would have sparked a by-election.

Johnson quit meaning that he will not face any punishment, however, he could have pass denied preventing him from being able to access Parliament.

The damaging 30,000-word report stated, “The contempt was all the more serious because it was committed by the prime minister, the most senior member of the government.

“There is no precedent for a prime minister having been found to have deliberately misled the House.”

Johnson hit back saying the committee is a “kangaroo court” and said the report is a “deranged conclusion.”

Johnson has also breached confidentiality requirements in his resignation statement, the committee said, “Mr Johnson’s conduct in making this statement is in itself a very serious contempt.”

Johnson said, “This is rubbish. It is a lie.

“This is a dreadful day for MPs and for democracy.”

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