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While criticism of the UK Prime Minister continued after the revelation of an anti-Covid-19 video on Downing Street, the British media revealed a new photo of the Prime Minister violating the Covid-19 restrictions. The release of a new photo of UK PM Boris Johnson violating the Covid-19 rules has increased pressure on him. Boris Johnson’s new scandal has severely diminished his political credibility.
Disclosure of a photo of Covid-19 restrictions violated
The revelation of a photo of a quarantine Christmas party in the prime minister’s office with Johnson in attendance increases pressure on him. The Sunday Mirror has published a picture showing Boris Johnson competing with his colleagues in an online contest at the Prime Minister’s Office. One of his co-workers wore a Christmas hat and the other wore a wreath around his neck. According to the Sunday Mirror, this competition was held on December 15, 2022 in the office of the Prime Minister. Johnson asked a few questions in this contest.
Ignoring Covid-19 restrictions
The problem is that at that time there were severe Covid-19 restrictions in UK and inter-family meetings were forbidden. Boris Johnson is now facing charges of personally violating Covid-19 restrictions. Downing Street announced that the competition was held online, and Johnson only briefly attended the event to thank his staff for their hard work over the past year. But Sunday Mirror reports that many employees gathered in front of computers and drank alcohol during the online race.
Opposition parties criticize Boris Johnson
The UK Labor Party accuses Johnson of setting different rules for himself than others. The former Brexit minister Steve Baker also said in an interview that Johnson now had to save his position and take control of the situation. However, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid supported the Prime Minister and said that the rules of quarantine were respected in this virtual meeting.
New scandal after the release of the troublesome video
The British recently demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister following the release of a video at last year’s Christmas party showing Johnson’s staff at a party. The party was held on December 18, 2020. At that time, due to quarantine and restrictions on Covid-19, participation in gatherings and parties was declared illegal. However, Johnson’s press secretary and a group of government employees attended the party. The UK PM has denied the allegations.
Boris Johnson’s advisor resigns after the release of the troubling video
In a video leaked to the British media, the Prime Minister’s press secretary and other staff members hold a mock press conference to discuss how to respond to allegations of Downing Street Christmas. The leaked video angered the opposition. Allegra Stratton, one of Johnson’s advisers, resigned. In the UK Parliament, Johnson denied holding the party, but apologized for the leaked video, saying: ” I was also furious to see that clip, I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country. And I apologise for the impression it gives.”
Poll results on Boris Johnson’s declining popularity
Johnson said he had ordered an internal investigation into the incident, but that the leader of the UK Labor Party, who is also opposed to Johnson’s government, had asked the police to provide evidence, saying Johnson thought the British people were stupid. The results of a recent poll also show that Johnson’s party’s popularity has declined since the video was released.
Boris Johnson’s attempt to perpetuate political life
These days, the chain of revelations of some media against Johnson over the UK PM is extremely heavy and has endangered his political survival. The recent revelations about some scandals in the Prime Minister’s Office have caused a lot of problems for Boris Johnson. In addition, intra-party differences over Covid-19 restrictions have become another challenge for Johnson.
Johnson’s attempt to divert public opinion
Boris Johnson has raised fears of an omicron outbreak to divert attention from recent scandals in his government. More than 70 members of the Conservative Party want to renounce their allegiance to Johnson at a meeting to impose new restrictions. Johnson recently warned citizens in a televised address about the outbreak of the Omicron variant wave in his country and announced the government’s decision to speed up the third phase of vaccination.
Boris Johnson’s dire situation in the Conservative Party
But now the question is, does worrying about Christmas celebrations distract public opinion from Johnson’s turmoil these days? The riots include dirty financial transactions during the renovation of Johnson’s apartment on Downing Street, recent revelations about holding Christmas parties at the quarantine prime minister’s office, and riots in Johnson’s cabinet against new Covid-19 restrictions. These issues have created a bad situation for Johnson. A British media outlet recently published a photo showing Johnson personally violating Covid-19 rules in the prime minister’s office during quarantine.
These revelations have tarnished the government’s credibility in recent days. Almost every day, a new charge is brought against the government, and it all comes down to one thing, and that is that while the country was facing severe restrictions and quarantine, but the secretaries ignored this situation. Now, even within the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson’s opponents are criticizing his performance and finance minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are among the possible candidates to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party. Thus, about two years after Johnson’s glorious election victory, his political survival seems in jeopardy.