“Partygate”: the British Parliament opens an investigation against Boris Johnson

Published on: 21/04/2022 – 18:17 British MPs approved on Thursday the opening of a parliamentary inquiry into the accusation made against Prime Minister Boris Johnson of knowingly misleading Parliament on the “evenings” organized in Downing Street, despite the containment measures in force in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic. British MPs decided on Thursday, April 21, to open an investigation to determine whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson knowingly misled Parliament in his explanations in the “partygate” affair. By consensus, without even a formal vote, they have decided to seize the “Privileges Committee”, which will in turn investigate this scandal around the parties organized in Downing Street despite the successive confinements linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, in a procedure likely in the long term to force Boris Johnson to resignation. According to the rules governing the functioning of British institutions, knowingly misleading Parliament is an offense which justifies the resignation of its author. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized “unreservedly” to MPs on Tuesday after being fined for breaching anti-Covid restrictions in June 2020. “I take this opportunity, on the first day of the session , to reiterate my sincere apologies to the House,” Boris Johnson said. The Tory leader was fined – £50 (€60) according to the press – a week ago for a surprise birthday occasion of his 56th birthday. An event of “less than 10 minutes” according to him, which also earned his finance minister, Rishi Sunak, and his wife Carrie to be sanctioned. Repeated apologies and refusal to resign “As soon as I received the notification (of the fine, editor’s note), I admitted the pain and the anger and I said that people had the right to expect better from their Prime Minister”, he added, explaining again that he had not realized at the material time that he was breaking the rules.”It did not occur to me as a gathering in the ‘Cabinet Room’ just before a crucial meeting on the Covid strategy could represent a violation of the rules. I repeat that it was my fault and I apologize for that, without reservations. “After the announcement of this sanction, Boris Johnson had, again, apologized and, again, excluded from resigning. A time on an ejection seat, “BoJo” seems to have actually benefited from the war in Ukraine and his role on the front line of Western sanctions against Russia, with many members of his own camp deeming it inappropriate to try to oust him from Downing Street in such a context. Nevertheless, discontent remains tenacious, including in the ranks of the majority, as evidenced by the resignation of the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, David Wolfson, who invoked “the extent, of the context and nature” of the offenses committed as part of what is now called “partygate”. “Liar” London police, who have already imposed more than 50 fines, are continuing their investigations. And once the police investigation is complete, Boris Johnson will also have to face the conclusions of senior civil servant Sue Gray, who has already combed in a pre-report of “errors of leadership and judgment”. He will also have to face the verdict ballot boxes in local elections on May 5, an election that will have test value. According to the press, the conservative leader risks new fines for his presence at at least five other festive events presented as more embarrassing for him. After the new details emerge in the Sunday Times, to which a source described a Boris Johnson serving drinks, toasting and making a speech for the communications chief’s departure on November 13, 2020, Downing Street had to deny the role engine lent to the head of government in the turn of events that day. . According to pollster James Johnson, who carried out the study, the “partygate” prevails over Ukraine in opinion. “The furor hasn’t receded,” he tweeted, “a lot of the negative comments are from people who previously liked him but have changed their minds.” With AFP