Boris Johnson grilled by Kuenssberg over new Covid measures
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In a poll of 11,553 Express.co.uk readers, held from December 8 to 9, 77 percent of voters said the Prime Minister will no longer be trusted by UK voters. The results come after a video emerged of senior Downing Street employees joking about a party at Downing Street last Christmas that broke Covid rules, while Britons were told not to visit dying loved ones in hospital.
Another clip surfaced of Jacob Rees-Mogg speaking at a party on Monday, where he laughed about the scandal and teased that the police would not be investigating the attendees’ lack of social distancing in a year’s time.
Dr Saleyha Ahsan, of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Group, said her jaw hit the floor when she watched the video and brought back flashbacks of last December when her father fell ill with Covid, and later died.
This latest revelation was “like a bullet to the chest”, she said, and showed the Government’s “lack of regard for the rest of us”.
The scandal broke as Mr Johnson decided to bring in Plan B Covid measures – including working from home, compulsory face masks, and vaccine passports.
At the Covid briefing last night, journalists asked the Prime Minister repeatedly why the public should listen to his guidance after Government officials had not taken Covid rules seriously.
The Prime Minister insisted that no Covid rules were broken and that the party, reported to have involved between 40 and 50 people in a room at No 10, did not happen.
Mr Johnson said regardless of politics, the public should follow the medical advice of Chris Whitty for the good of the nation.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he was left “repulsed” and “angry” by the clip.
An Express.co.uk voter, Arnold Pole, commented: “Johnson had zero support from his MPs today, his days are numbered.”
While a senior Conservative told the BBC that the leaked video mirrored the Owen Paterson scandal in that the Prime Minister and his senior political advisers “didn’t think the rules applied to his friends”.
When asked whether the Christmas party scandal will harm the Tory party in the long run, 71 percent of Express.co.uk poll participants said it would, 23 percent said it would not, and six percent were unsure.
An Express.co.uk voter, Kat Read, said: “This Government lurches from one disaster to the next – austerity, Brexit, PPE, Track and Trace, HS2, levelling up, second jobs, Afghanistan withdrawal, Christmas party and probably numerous others that haven’t come to light yet.”
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Another reader, nicknamed ‘Boundrygate’ commented: “He [Boris Johnson lost my vote well before this, I don’t think there is one manifesto pledge he has stood by.”
Stephen Harrison added that the Conservative Government are “rotten to its upper class lordly hub”.
But many other voters took to the comments section to defend the Prime Minister.
‘Sami7’ wrote: “He got us through the pandemic and was really ill himself. Yes, he made mistakes but there are far more important things, like this Christmas, to think about.”
A user going by’What?’ added: “Yes, Boris makes mistakes, but unlike the opposition, he is proud of Britain, and our British history. I will trust him before any of the hate Britain lefty brigade.”
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