Ricky Gervais Hits Out At Government Over Downing Street Party Scandal
Ricky Gervais has taken aim at the UK government amid the Downing Street party scandal.
Party allegations first emerged in the wake of damning footage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton referring to the ‘fictional party’ as a ‘business meeting with cheese and wine’, and laughing about social distancing not being enforced.
The government has since been accused of hosting several gatherings; most recently, a leaked email from Johnson’s principal private secretary showed that Downing Street officials held a garden party during the height of lockdown.
‘I get it, I get the anger. It’s palpable. Why wouldn’t they be angry?’ he said.
‘Myself and everyone kept to the rules. I think I’ve been naive all my life, it’s only now that I think… why do we trust them? Of course we shouldn’t trust the people in charge, that’s how they are in charge. They shouldn’t be trusted.’
More than 100 people were invited to the May 20 gathering in Downing Street.
‘Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening. Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!’ the leaked email read.
Pressure has been mounting on Johnson from the opposition and within his own party to both ‘come clean’ about his attendance at any parties, and resign.
‘I can’t see how anybody who organised a party or willingly chose to attend one can stay in any position where they’re setting COVID policy,’ Tory MP Nigel Mills said. ‘If he knew it was a party and chose to attend I’m not sure how he can hold a position in that situation.’
All the allegations are now the subject of an investigation by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant with a reputation for diligence. ‘The biggest mistake they have made if they want to cover anything up is to appoint Sue Gray because she will investigate the claims and point the blame at those responsible,’ a source told The Guardian.
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