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Johnson apologizes to Queen Elizabeth after ‘Downing Street’ scandal


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office apologized to Queen Elizabeth II today, Friday, after the scandal of late-night parties in Downing Street on the eve of her husband Philip’s funeral, while the country was subject to closure measures and prevented gatherings inside buildings.

Johnson is currently facing the most critical crisis during his premiership, after a series of gatherings were revealed in Downing Street during the general closure and ban imposed to limit the spread of the Corona virus, at a time when it was perhaps impossible for the ordinary citizen to say goodbye to a dying soon.

While the Queen of Britain was attending her husband’s funeral ceremony alone, sad, Johnson’s team was attending a party at his headquarters in Downing Street, at a time when the gathering of members of different families inside closed places was prohibited.

After Johnson achieved a landslide electoral victory in 2019, he came out last Wednesday to apologize after a party at his official residence in the first period of closure due to Corona in Britain. He admitted that he was present at the ceremony.

The Telegraph said that two other drinks parties were also held inside Downing Street on April 16, 2021, when there were restrictions on social gatherings, whether in closed or open spaces. She said Johnson was at his country residence in Chequers that day.

The next day, Queen Elizabeth was bidding farewell to her husband Philip, who had died at the age of 99.

Dressed in black and with a face covered in deep sadness, the 95-year-old stood alone, her head bowed, as the body of her companion of 73 years was lowered into the Royal Hall at St George’s Chapel.

In Downing Street, it was very different. The Telegraph said Johnson’s team went to a nearby store to buy drinks and used a laptop computer to play music, and a swing used by Johnson’s young son broke down.

Johnson’s opponents demanded his resignation, casting him in the image of a two-faced who demands that the people abide by some of the most painful rules in peacetime while his team frolics.

A small but growing number of Johnson’s Conservative Party joined these demands, fearing that these events would damage the party’s electoral prospects.

As for Johnson himself, (57 years), he gave multiple accounts of these parties, ranging from denying breaking any rules to understanding the anger at what appeared to be hypocrisy in the heart of the British state.

“Real mistakes have been made,” said Secretary of State Liz Truss, considered a potential successor to Johnson.

To start a contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and then the premiership, 54 of the party’s 360 MPs must write letters of no confidence in the prime minister to the chair of the party’s relevant committee.

One of the celebrations held in Downing Street in April 2021 was to honor James Slack, the former communications director, who said Friday that he wanted to “apologise unreservedly for the outrage and abuse raised”.

Slack, who is now deputy editor-in-chief of The Sun, said in a statement that the rally “should not have happened at the time it did.”

And when a Downing Street spokesman was asked about news of parties being held the day before Prince Philip’s funeral, he said that Slack “made a farewell speech to his colleagues in which he thanked each of them for their support, whether they were in the office to work or through the screen for those who work from home.” .