Ap, Afp and The Independent

Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, p. 24

London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied yesterday that he had lied to Parliament about the parties that were held at Government House, which is also his family residence, in violation of the quarantines imposed by covid-19, but every time more senior officials, including from his Conservative Party, say he will have to resign if he is proven to have lied.

Dominic Cummings, a former Johnson aide, said yesterday he was prepared to testify under oath that the premier was warned in advance that a garden party for Downing Street staff in May 2020 would breach the rules of the pandemic restrictions.

Last week, the premier told Parliament that he attended the party for 25 minutes because he considered it a work meeting that did not violate the rules.

In recent days it was reported that the invitation to the party held on May 20, 2020, when the confinement was going through its strictest stage, the invitations to the celebration came from Johnson’s personal secretary, Martin Reynolds.

The government is investigating the facts and must report whether it is true that the government organized late-night soirees, bring-your-own-alcohol parties, and wine Fridays in 2020 and 2021 while covid-19 restrictions were in place.

So far there are seven Conservative deputies who have delivered their vote of no confidence in Johnson to the 1922 committee, which organizes the elections for party leader, and according to The Independent newspaper, others are expected to do so even before the official investigation is concluded. . The committee requires 54 votes of no confidence to issue an internal no-confidence motion.

Johnson also had to apologize to Queen Elizabeth II for another party that took place at 10 Downing Street last April, when, in addition to confinement, she governed the national mourning for the death of Prince Philip, husband of the monarch for seven decades. .

A poll by The Independent newspaper found that 65 percent of total voters, and 54 percent of the Conservative electorate, do not believe in the ruler. Overall, 80 percent of those surveyed agreed that the Johnson administration believes the government is exempt from the rules that apply to citizenship.

Of those respondents who mentioned voting Tory in 2019, 73 per cent felt the government had breached the lockdown and 60 per cent were angry about Downing Street parties.

In this context, the government suffered a setback in Parliament, where it tried to give more powers to the authorities to suppress peaceful but disruptive protests. The overturned measures would have given police the right to stop and search people at demonstrations without cause for suspicion, allowed courts to bar individuals from attending marches and given police powers to break up those deemed too noisy.