Last year, Priti Patel condemned an ‘illegal gathering’ in London. Today, everyone’s saying the same thing.
‘This illegal gathering was an insult to those hospitalised with COVID, our NHS staff and everyone staying at home to protect them. Thank you to @MetPoliceUK officers for risking your own health to break it up. Police are enforcing the rules to save lives,’ she wrote.
Fast-forward a year, and the Conservatives are drowning in one of their biggest controversies yet. While the British public took heed of various coronavirus rules and guidance, Downing Street has been accused of holding not one, not two, but several parties – including two leaving bashes on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, which the Queen attended socially distanced from her family.
Patel, who’s already a controversial figure in the government, earlier claimed, ‘I would absolutely call the police on neighbours if they were holding parties.’
Her past comments and tweets are now coming back to haunt her, it seems. ‘I entirely agree with you. Please could you encourage them to also investigate the illegal gathering on 20th May 2020, that the Prime Minister today admitted had taken place at 10 Downing Street?’ one user tweeted.
‘It’s interesting that Priti Patel wants to prevent us from protesting on the streets and making noise, which is our basic civil right, but has no problem supporting a man who broke the law and lied about it repeatedly. So much for our Home Secretary’s moral compass,’ another wrote.
‘I now hope you’re going to encourage @metpoliceuk to take the same action against all who organised and attended the No 10 party? We’re all waiting for your tweet confirming this.’
Despite mounting pressure on Johnson to resign amid the scandal, and Rishi Sunak saying the PM was ‘right to apologise’, Patel has thrown her support behind Johnson.
When asked whether she was reserving judgement on the allegations until Sue Gray’s investigation is completed, she told Sky News, ‘No! On the contrary. I have publicly supported the prime minister and actually you’re speaking to the home secretary who spends all my time day in, day out supporting the prime minister, his agenda of delivering on the people’s priorities and the work that we do.’
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