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Downing Street parties on the eve of royal funeral: Boris Johnson sinks into crisis


This is one of the symbolic images of the severity of confinements in the United Kingdom: the nonagenarian queen, all black dressed to the mask, sitting alone in the chapel of Windsor Castle during the funeral of Prince Philip.

Until the early hours of April 17, 2021, during a period of national mourning, Downing Street collaborators were celebrating the departure of two members of the team, according to The Telegraph, communications director James Slack, since deputy editor of the tabloid The Sun, and a personal photographer of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

These two very watered pots bringing together about thirty people, including one organized in the basement of the building where an official was the DJ, had joined in the gardens of the official residence, according to the daily close to power . A person had been sent to a supermarket to buy bottles of wine which she brought back to Downing Street in a suitcase, he said.

At the time, indoor dating was banned, as the British could only meet up to six outdoors.

“Unreserved” apologies

In a statement, James Slack apologized on Friday “without reservation for the anger and the pain caused”. “This event should not have happened at the time”, he added, saying to assume “all the responsibility”.

Boris Johnson, 57, was not present and was, according to a spokesperson quoted by the Telegraph, in Checkers, the country residence of UK heads of government.

But these new revelations extend an already long list of parties organized in circles of power during the periods of confinement of the last two years. They also highlight, according to witnesses quoted in the media, a real drink culture in Downing Street.

They push even further the conservative leader who, contact Covid case, has not been seen in public since his mea culpa Wednesday in Parliament for his presence at one of these parties in May 2020. He said he then thought he was was about a business meeting.

Going through the worst crisis since his triumphant arrival to power in July 2019, now very weak in the polls, Boris Johnson is fighting today to remain at the head of government.




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