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Health Minister takes aim at Boris Johnson amid allegations of Covid rule-breaking party

11 Jan 2022 3 minute read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0). Eluned Morgan at the press conference.

The Welsh Government’s Health Minister has taken aim at Boris Johnson following allegations of a party at Downing Street that broke Covid-19 rules.

Eluned Morgan, has suggested that the UK Prime Minister was “simply not following his own rules” following the emergence of a Downing Street e-mail that invited staff to “socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden” during the first lockdown in May 2020.

Boris Johnson has refused to deny that he was at the party and appeared to laugh when he was asked about it by a journalist.

Morgan pointed to the “sacrifices that so many people in Wales made at that time” of the first lockdown and described it at “the most acute time in the whole crisis”.

She said the allegation “defies belief” and suggested that Johnson has “failed” to give “clear answers” to “very simple questions”, adding that the “public deserve to know what was actually going on”.

The minister also argued that the “authority” of the UK Prime Minister has been undermined, and suggested it has “led to a situation where he is not able to undertake the advice” and impose fresh Covid restrictions.

Social mixing was banned in England in May 2020, apart from with one other person from another household outdoors.

The email about the party was sent from Martin Reynolds, the principal private secretary. According to ITV News, it said: “Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening. Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

‘If we remember’ 

Eluned Morgan told a press conference: “Well if we remember back to what was happening in May 2020 it was about the most acute time in the whole crisis. I just think about the sacrifices that so many people in Wales made at that time.

“The sacrifices of not being able to say goodbye face to face to loves ones in hospitals, the sacrifices people made in terms of not being able to leave their homes, not being able to see loved ones, not being able to reach out for the support that so many people wanted at that time, and to have that juxtaposed with a situation where within Downing Street a party was going on really defies belief.

“I do hope that the Prime Minister will do his duty and report to the House of Commons this afternoon. It is his responsibility to lead front he front and to lead through example.

“I’m afraid we’ve seen once again that he has failed to give some very clear answers on some very simple answers and I think the public deserve to know what was actually going on and how it is that he can’t recollect the situation where he was, certainly involved in some way by the sound of things in parties that were going on.

“I think it undermines the authority of the Prime Minister and has possibly led to a situation where he is not able to undertake the advice that, certainly we’ve been having from our advisors in terms of being able to bring in new restrictions because clearly people are likely to be less willing to follow the example set by the Prime Minister who was simply not following his own rules.”

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

This Conservative idiocracy in London have surpassed themselves. Their hypocrisy knows no limits. They’ve basically spat in the faces of all the families of the dead, which there are over 170,000 plus, who have lost loved ones to this pandemic, me included. I hate them with a passion Imagine, the Welsh Tories would prefer to see Wales blindly follow England in everything in the knowledge their Tory puppet masters were breaking English Covid rules on an industrial scale. Notice how silent both WTL Andrew RT Davies or WS Simon Hart are? If this were criticism of Wales or Welsh devolution… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Y Cymro
Notta Bott
Notta Bott
2 years ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Those two love to come out and disagree or take a shot at Welsh gov daily, moment their boss is in the poop, they go remarkably silent. Shows the kind of people and politicians they are. Really need the Tories out completely next time.

2 years ago
Reply to  Notta Bott

They keep saying BJ broke the rules, he didn’t, he broke the law, people at that time, when he was taking advantage of the nice weather, and the trust of people, having parties in the garden, ordinary folk were being arrested and fined. He was hiding today, the coward, we shall see how he squirms tomorrow, the lying, hypocritical, corrupt so and so. High time he went, but who could be the next leader as they are all sticking up for him, so not a good egg amongst them. The inquiry should be a police investigation, not an internal one.

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