Rachel Johnson dismantles quiz attack on brother Boris Most of us fell foul of law

LBC: Rachel Johnson tears into attack on brother Boris

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Rachel Johnson refused to blame her brother Boris Johnson amid allegations the Prime Minister now also hosted a “quiz night party” with his staff at number 10 in Downing Street before Christmas last year while the whole country was in a strict lockdown.  The Prime Minister is already accused of allegedly holding a Christmas party on December 18 last year although he and other top Conservatives have rubbished suggestions that any rules were broken. Ms Johnson pointed out that time is ripe to change the rules once and for all so as to avoid becoming into a “Covid-secure totalitarian state.”

Mr Johnson’s sister Rachel hit back at detractors, saying that if being on a Zoom quiz is synonymous with a criminal offence then anyone in the UK flouted the law for certain at some point during lockdown.

The LBC host insisted she understood why the nation feels aggrieved by the apparent “one rule for them, one rule for us” situation but does not feel that the party and the quiz are the real issues, which go deeper than that.

Speaking to LBC, she wanted to make a point of changing the rules once and for all as the UK cannot turn into a dictatorial state.

She said: “Frankly I think, if being on a Zoom quiz last year is a crime then most of us have fallen foul of the law and my real point here is I completely understand how the nation has erupted in rage and pain at “the one rule for them, one rule for us” hypocrisy that this lays bare and exposes at the heart of the government.

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“But I don’t think that’s the original sin, I don’t think the party and I don’t think the Zoom quiz is the problem here.

“I think it was the health protection Coronavirus regulations of 2020.”

In the photo, Mr Johnson is seen in his office surrounded by two other people as he reads out questions but London was under Tier restrictions at the time, and mixing with other households indoors was not permitted.

Ms Johnson then voiced her disapproval at having to adhere to the “inhuman rules” that nobody voted for as she described her struggles to get on with not being able to see her friends and family for a long time.

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“Let me just describe how I felt when we were plunged into lockdown under these regulations.

“I felt like, suddenly, without even voting for it, the entire country was placed in an incredibly strict boarding school and we all know who the headmaster was at the time and the police had to enforce all the rules.

“There were threats of fining, canes, you name it, prison, ten thousand pounds fines were handed out.

“And millions of us, almost the entire country gave up the most precious thing there is, which is time with our friends and our family in obedience to these rules. 

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“And then we find out that the headmaster, the prefects and the teachers didn’t necessarily obey all the very punitive and inhuman rules they imposed on us.

“Of course I totally understand the rage and pain. But my point is now were are where we are.”

Mr Johnson faced calls to resign but his sister disapproves of the idea that relieving him and other MP’s of their duties is the right thing to do.

She said: “Is the clever and sensible thing to do to sack and rusticate and send down the headmaster and sack the prefects?

“No, I think it’s the moment to change the rules. It’s a sign that we can’t turn this country into a Covid-secure totalitarian state!”

A Downing Street spokesperson said it was a “virtual quiz” and that Johnson “briefly took part virtually” to thank staff.

 

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