Watch: Have Ant and Dec just toppled Boris Johnson in TV attack?
It’s often argued that political scandals at Westminster have limited cut through with the wider public.
But Ant and Dec might just have made sure that Boris Johnson’s latest omnishambles is one that will linger in voters’ memory.
Just an hour after a leaked recording showed Downing Street staff joking and laughing about a rule-breaking party at No 10 last Christmas, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had worked it into their I’m a Celebrity routine.
Speaking from Gwrych Castle near Abergele where the series is being filmed – because of continuing Covid restrictions – the comedic duo took aim at the Prime Minister over his denials that any Christmas Party had taken place.
Referring to a gathering among their own contestants, Ant and Dec said they said that they “weren’t celebrating”.
“They didn’t have a party,” they continued. “They categorically deny having a party.
“They deny any suggestions they had a party and this ‘fictional’ party definitely didn’t involve cheese and wine or a secret Santa.”
As the crew laughed, Dec chipped in loudly: “Evening Prime Minister,” before cheekily adding: “For now.”
— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) December 7, 2021
Earlier ITV News had 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”.
Politics blog Guido Fawkes responded: “For those monitoring cut through, Ant and Dec have just had a go re Downing Street Party.”
A poll by Savanta ComRes released on Tuesday found that three-quarters of people, 75 per cent, had heard of the story. Two thirds believed that Boris Johnson should apologise for the holding of the events.
72 per cent believed there is one rule for the government versus the rest of the public.