The scandal of the Downing Street party is an insult to everyone who has stuck by the rules during the pandemic. By the continued denials and evasive language the government and the Prime Minister have demonstrated contempt for those who have adhered to the regulations.
South East Cambridgeshire Labour’s Tim Andrews has written to our local MP, Lucy Frazer, to ask her to explain her continued loyalty to her discredited leader.
Dear Mrs Frazer
You will by now I am sure have seen the video, first lead to ITV last night, showing Downing Street staff including his Director of Communications Allegra Stratton laughing about a Christmas party held a few days previously during strict Covid lockdown regulations that banned such social gatherings. In the video, Stratton and Ed Oldfield, advisor to the PM try to imagine how they could explain it to the press if details of the ‘wine and cheese do’ with ‘definitely no social distancing’ were ever leaked. They clearly thought that it was hilarious. They also recognised that the Covid regulations in place at the time had been broken at the time, otherwise they would not be brainstorming ideas of how to argue that a party was ’not a party’.
This Conservative government is laughing at us. The Prime Minister needs to show leadership by example, and yet it is clear that the example he provides sets the tone for his whole team. For example, his failure to wear a mask in Hexham hospital. Boris Johnson and the rest of his government expect us to follow rules that they don’t think applied to themselves.
Bearing this in mind, do you, a QC who is required to uphold the law, still support Boris Johnson? Or will you do the decent thing and resign from a government that is a stranger to the truth? In considering your answer, please bear in mind, that Mr Johnson has insisted on several occasions, including in the House of Commons, that no party took place and all Covid rules were followed at all times.
Dr Tim Andrews