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Anarchy in the UK

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, December 10th, 2021 - 25 comments
Categories: boris johnson, covid-19, health, politicans, uk politics - Tags:

Boris Johnson is on the ropes.  Not because of the disastrous effects of Brexit which only passed because of some of the whoppers that he told, but because of a Christmas party held last year at 10 Downing Street at a time when the UK was under a strict lockdown.

The Daily Mirror broke the story:

Boris Johnson and his Downing Street staff have been accused of breaking rules by attending parties at Number 10 in the run-up to last Christmas.

The Prime Minister gave a speech at a packed leaving do for a top aide last November when the country was in the grip of its second lockdown.

Then just days before Christmas, with London in tier 3 restrictions, members of his top team held their own festive bash in Downing Street.

Officials knocked back glasses of wine during a Christmas quiz and a Secret Santa while the rest of the country was forced to stay at home.

Around “40 or 50” people were said to have been crammed “cheek by jowl” into a medium-sized room in Number 10 for each of the two events.

“It was a Covid nightmare,” one source claimed.

The tories have applied a number of responses, firstly to claim that any gatherings accorded with the Covid guidelines, then to claim they were assured that the gatherings observed the guidelines.

They engaged with stretching the English language to breaking point.  It was not a party, just a business meeting with cheese and crackers.

The press and the public have been getting really techy.

And news of other ore Christmas parties and gatherings have been leaking out.

The timing is appalling for Johnson.  At a time when he is requiring the country to go back into a Covid Omicron inspired lockdown the suggestion that his senior advisers and contacts can ignore the rules without embarrassment is jarring.

Johnson has gone from denying that any breach occurred to ordering a review into what happened.  If it is established that he has lied to Parliament then he will be in big trouble.  A Christmas party may succeed in achieving what Brexit failed to do.

25 comments on “Anarchy in the UK ”

  1. observer 1

    Meanwhile in Scotland people are being asked not to have Christmas parties this year as well:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/09/scots-strongly-urged-to-defer-christmas-parties-after-omicron-outbreaks

    Somebody send Dr Luxon MD on a European tour, he might discover that there are greater hardships at Christmas than traffic delays.

  2. Blazer 2

    'buffoon'-,boofhead-''stuntman'-the 'Eton Mess'-the' Lyin King'-the 'Tinfoil Tosser'

    Born to rule Boris is the teflon tory…an embarrassement to Britain and Parliament.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Great header Micky.

    Boris makes irresistible tory toff fodder to lampoon and criticise but the overall political scene in the UK with first past the post voting is dire whomever might replace him. David Cameron and his “Piggate” student scandal (put his genitals in a dead pig’s mouth) showed some Brits are not too fussed really with tory style lads hijinks.

    The British Labour Party neo libs truly wanted to lose–twice–rather than face implementing pro working class “For the many not the few” policies. The political establishment went all out, and beyond that almost to ensure Jeremy Corbyn would not succeed. Corbyn would have got there in my opinion if he had stopped overthinking Brexit and just said…“we will honour the referendum result and implement “For the many not the few” including re-nationalisations”.

    Dispatching Boris, however satisfying it might be to farewell the pillock, will not change a lot unless there is mass action on the rise in pommyland.

    • Corey Humm 3.1

      While the blairite wing was truly treacherous if Corbyn was the best the left block of Labour had the left of labour are doomed, Corbyn sucked. An awful communicator who kept making dreadful leadership decisions and far from working class his party was party was highjacked by upper middle class, elitist London wannabe trot zealots who talked down to the working class and yelled and spat in peoples faces with a religious fundamentalist style belief telling everyone who disagreed with them to vote Tory and they did …

      2017 manifesto was fantastic the 2019 manifesto was bizzaro commie fantasy world stuff like commandeering internet companies.

      He was useless and did so well in 2017 because May was even more useless.

      I'm a Bernie guy in my 20s , I think labours deputy is someone interesting for the left but Corbyn? What a joke and what a deeply unqualified one at that …

      He's the reason Boris has an 80 seat majority and is untouchable, he should have gone when May did back when labour was polling in the mid 20s

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        Heh, its a double order of mushy peas and jellied eels for you then!

      • Blazer 3.1.2

        The anti semite slur seemed like the main factor in his demise…?

        • Tiger Mountain 3.1.2.1

          The final nail via inner party machinations perhaps–how we gunna ged’im” in light of the global Israeli State/Military/troll farm campaign to tag any criticism of the Israeli State as anti semitic.

          Really the whole establishment was down on Mr Corbyn. Senior Military figures made it reasonably clear they would organise a coup if he had been elected.

          https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/20/jeremy-cobyn-government-military-mutiny_n_8166050.html

          • tc 3.1.2.1.1

            Imo they were following directions from the Tories after attaining the relevant protection.

            Experienced peacetime military leaders injecting themselves into politics with the suggestion of mutiny off their own bat….yeah right.

      • bwaghorn 3.1.3

        Corbyn made a vegan his shadow ag minister, that's all I needed to here to know he was certifiably.

      • weston 3.1.4

        Wierd scenes !a 20 something "bernie guy"who cant see the common decency in both men ? Your Corbyn bashing narrative is trite and inaccurate if he was so bad at communicating for example how on earth could he have become leader of the labour party and quadrupled its membership at the same time?

        Iguess nuclear disarmament is "a joke " to you then also is it Corey ?Jeremy Corbyn has spent the best part of his life campaigning against violence and war and supporting the interests of people from every culture and race especially the poor and disadvantaged .He certainly doesnt deserve to be slighted by someone as blind as you appear to be .

        Maybe do a little reading of some unbiased press for a change at least while your still in nappies !

  4. Simbit 4

    If only. More like same old, same old. Imagine the footage from all of Churchill's piss ups…

    • Tricledrown 4.1

      Churchill liked drinking on the quiet.Churchill wasn't a big Dickhead like dumbarse Boris. Could be a new leader of the conservatives.

  5. Anne 5

    Unbelievable arrogance.

    "Do as we say not as we do" should be writ large on every billboard across the country.

    Anyone who has had any dealings with British toffs – no matter how brief – knows what a bunch of pathetic twats many of them really are. There are exceptions to the rule but they're few and far between.

    We've got out "beautiful people" in NZ but they pale in comparison to the supercilious and pretentious British upper class.

  6. Pete 6

    Johnson can be on the ropes as much as he doesn't want. In the 'old days' the Labour Party would rise up and the Conservative Party would be voted out.

    Not today. The country is as it is, Johnson's government can do what it wants or not do what it doesn't want to do.

    • tc 6.1

      Totally. Sir Rodney starmers doing a fine job gutting labour of socialist influences and the Murdoch press does the rest.

    • lprent 6.2

      It is entirely likely that Johnson would get voted out by his backbench well before he gets voted out by the voters.

  7. Maurice 7

    But doesn't Doris have nadural immunidy?

  8. Sans Cle 8

    Don't take your eye off the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill, or the erosion of judicial powers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/dec/06/no-10-plans-to-let-ministers-strike-out-legal-rulings-they-disagree-with

    The Covid Christmas Party is a sideshow, to more sinister forces…..and now the birth of Johnson's daughter is another distraction and bluster from attacks on democracy and natural justice.

  9. Tricledrown 9

    The UK economy will be the end of Boris.

    The Damage Brexit and Covid have done and continue to do will eventually catch up with Bullingdon Boris.

  10. NZsage 10

    The UK is a total basket case, politically and socially.

    Thank God I made NZ my home 30 years ago.

  11. weka 11

    UK policy analyst on why it matters,

    • Tiger Mountain 12.1

      given the historical huff and puff re the pistols, not a bad clip, like Lemmy’s too

  12. swordfish 13

    Tories take Poll hit following Xmas-gate scandal … Labour moves into clear lead:

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