Sue Gray’s update revealed that 16 parties took place in Downing Street during the lockdown – 12 of which are under investigation by police.
The update provides further confirmation of the ‘one rule for us, another rule for everyone else’ attitude of this British Conservative government – and shows that Boris Johnson’s position is completely untenable.
Boris Johnson broke the lockdown rules he set
After the initial Daily Mirror story broke about Christmas parties in Downing Street, Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on December 1 that ‘all guidelines have been fully followed in Number 10’.
On December 13, he told Sky News: “I certainly didn’t break any rules”.
“I certainly didn’t break any rules”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds to further questions regarding a number of Christmas parties which are believed to have taken place in Downing Street last year.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 13, 2021
Sue Gray’s update says “a number of these rallies should not have taken place”, and that they represent “failures of leadership and judgment”.
It’s conclusive proof that the events that broke the rules happened – those who made the rules broke the rules, while the rest of us followed the rules and made extraordinary sacrifices.
Boris Johnson cheated Parliament
It is clear that the Prime Minister was aware of the events, that he attended them and that he lied to Parliament when he claimed otherwise.
Claiming he thought a party was a ‘work event’ – complete with booze and snack tables, and an email from Downing Street telling 100 guests to ‘bring your own booze’ – makes clear that Boris Johnson takes everyone for fools.
🍹 Boris Johnson hosted a locked-out BYOB garden party for 100 people – when the rules meant we could only meet one other person outside.
🔎 Four days later, he told the nation that his adviser had “no alternative” but to breach the lockdown.
🤷♀️ Did Boris have “no other alternative” than to party? pic.twitter.com/izGyKyJtpf
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 15, 2022
He must now resign or be removed from office
Fooling Parliament is a matter of resignation in itself – but just as important is the fact that the Prime Minister and his team in Downing Street were breaking the rules they had imposed.
There can’t be one rule for Boris Johnson and another for the rest of us. He must now resign or be impeached by Tory MPs.
👇 The party is over. Boris Johnson must step down or MPs must show him the door. pic.twitter.com/tu85D637iH
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 13, 2022
Westminster is broken and Scotland deserves better
Above all, this whole scandal shows that the Westminster system is irreparable.
Whether it’s partying during lockdown, breaking its own rules, or imposing cruel cuts while enriching its buddies, Scotland deserves far better than the corrupt British Conservative governments we routinely reject.
🔎 In Boris Johnson’s preface to the 2019 Ministerial Code, he promises:
🤦♀️ “No Leak”
🤦♀️ “No misuse of taxpayers’ money”
🤦♀️ “No real or perceived conflict of interest”
🤦♀️ “Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Honesty”
Scotland can do so much better than that. pic.twitter.com/M1pt9X0d6T
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 18, 2022