The scandalous journey of Boris Johnson to the top of the British government has been a long one. His Cabinet members who opted to ignore health restrictions during the pandemic, as well as a case of sexual abuse that was made public this week through the 'partygate, which is the story of Downing Street's parties during the worst of covid crisis.
Dominic Cummings' 260-mile journey
The country was in a bind at the end of March 2020. Johnson's right-handman, Dominic Cummings, traveled 425 km with his wife and son, from London to Durham. He also made an April escape to Barnard Castle. He said, "I don’t regret what I did. I believe I behaved in an acceptable way."
The "party gate". In the middle of a pandemic, partying on Downing Street
During the first and second viral wave, the official residence of the "premier" hosted parties. These events were in violation of health restrictions placed on the population by Cabinet. The images show Johnson and his advisors enjoying birthdays, farewells, and casually chatting in the garden. On one occasion, Johnson's secretary sent invitations to forty people asking them each to bring their own alcohol. Meetings were only limited to two people back then. Another party met thirty people in April 2021 as a nation mourns the loss of the Duke. The head of government had to personally apologize to the queen.
The lies: They were work meetings. The rules were observed.
In November 2021, the infamous "partygate" scandal broke. Johnson reassured Parliament, again and again, that the parties were "work gatherings" and that the sanitary rules had always been observed "at all times".
The investigation: Scotland Yard fines, and a devastating internal report
Police were involved in the investigation into the 'partygate'. Scotland Yard opened the case in January 2020. It closed its investigation in May. They filed 126 fines against 83 people, including Johnson and his wife. Sue Gray, a high-ranking official in the government, conducted an internal investigation and concluded that there had been "leadership failures". In her report, she mentioned a "culture involving alcohol and parties."
Johnson knew about the lace: The sex scandal involving the lace
This week, the lace arrived. He was forced to give up after a series of resignations from his government. Johnson was aware of Chris Pincher's sexual harassment allegations and promoted him to the crucial role of deputy head of the Conservative parliamentary group. Pincher was one his most loyal deputies. Two members of the Tory party claim that Pincher inappropriately touched them at a club in London during a drunken night.