British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an unfortunate apology to the country after he was arrested for participating in a garden party in the backyard of 10 Downing Street, at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.
Gatherings in May 2020 — when people in the UK are banned from seeing more than one other person outside — are was only revealed this week when ITV News received an invitation to 100 people urging them to get out into the sunny garden and “bring your own wine!”
After two days of public outrage, Johnson was forced to admit he was one of dozens of people attending the garden party. He apologized during the weekly session of Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday afternoon – but provoked mockery after claiming he thought the drinks party was actually an important working meeting.
“I want to apologize,” said the Prime Minister with a grimace. “I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the past 18 months… I know the anger they feel with me and with the government I lead when they think they are in it. Downing Street, the rules aren’t right. follow up… I’ve learned enough to know that there are things we simply don’t do right and I have to take responsibility. “
The House of Commons erupted when Johnson told lawmakers he had “implicit belief” that the drink party “is a business event,” despite the fact that email invitations encourage people to bring alcohol. “With hindsight, I should have brought everyone back inside,” he said.
The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer, was clearly unhappy with Johnson’s apology and called for the prime minister to resign immediately. He recounts the heartbreaking stories of families being prevented from seeing their dying loved ones in May 2020 as drinks flowed in the Downing Street garden.
“We had it… After months of deception and deception, the pathetic sight of one man was out of the way,” said Starmer.
He continued: “[Johnson’s] defense, that he didn’t realize he was attending a party, was so ridiculous that it actually annoyed the British public. Now, he’s forced to admit what everyone knows: When the country is shut down, he’s throwing crazy parties in Downing Street. “
Starmer asked: “Now will he do the nice thing and resign?”
Johnson replied that the ongoing investigation into government meetings during the shutdown should be allowed to end before his fate is decided. To date, the Prime Minister The Conservative Party has been accused of holding at least 12 lockdown gatherings.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/boris-johnson-offers-groveling-apology-for-lockdown-busting-boozy-garden-party?source=articles&via=rss Boris Johnson says he thinks the Lockdown-Busting Booze party is a work meeting