Watch: All the moments Ant and Dec took a swipe at Boris Johnson from Gwrych Castle
The last time a castle in Wales was at the centre of an attempt to take down an English ruler was probably some time in the 15th century.
But Gwrych Castle, the filming location for this year’s I’m a Celebrity, has this year ventured into the political arena as hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have taken a number of swipes at the Prime Minister over his No 10 Christmas party scandal.
Last night ITV News released a politically explosive video of Boris Johnson’s then spokesperson Allegra Stratton joking that party “was not socially distanced” and suggested passing it off as “a business meeting”.
The apparent admission that a party had taken place followed a string of denials by the Prime Minister that anything approaching a Christmas Party had happened, at a time when the public were forced to celebrate Christmas apart from loved ones due to Covid restrictions.
Ant and Dec had ribbed the Prime Minister a number of times over the last week, always ending their segment with the words: ‘Evening Prime Minister.’
Things however took a more ominous tone for Boris Johnson last night as he was referred to as ‘Prime Minister – for now’.
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL74) December 7, 2021
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said last year’s event in No 10 showed it was “one rule for them and another rule for everybody else” but called on the Prime Minister to apologise rather than resign.
Meanwhile, families who lost loved ones during the pandemic have said they are “sickened” by the event.
The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group have called for an apology from Mr Johnson.
One of its spokespeople, Safiah Ngah, told the BBC: “My Dad died in February from Covid-19, despite being in good health. The last Christmas period is sadly one I will never forget.
“One in 20 people in my borough had Covid-19 and my family were desperately trying to do what we could to keep each other safe. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
“To think that just a few miles away, No 10 was throwing a ‘Christmas Party’, with no care for the rules they had set, is sickening.”
Plaid Cymru meanwhile have called for the Prime Minister to go. The party’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts said that he should show “courage and leadership to his government, face the cameras to apologise for rank hypocrisy, and resign.”