An old clip of Prime Minister Boris Johnson dancing has gone viral amid the UK’s fury over the Downing Street party scandal.
It all started with one clip: Johnson‘s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton describing a ‘fictional party’ as a ‘business meeting with cheese and wine’, and laughing about social distancing not being enforced.
The Conservatives have since become engulfed in allegations. While Johnson issued an apology for the ‘bring your own booze’ garden party during the height of lockdown, which he dubbed a ‘work event’, a new report accused Downing Street officials of holding two leaving parties in No 10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, which the Queen attended alone.
It’s not entirely clear where the viral clip came from; it was posted to Instagram by @glenn_kitson yesterday, January 13, as well as being shared by @stimmo on Twitter. As people all across social media rage at the government, it’s racked up nearly two million views.
It shows Johnson on the dancefloor, boogying to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long (All Night) while another official holds a lightsaber.
It’s believed the video was filmed back in 2013 during Johnson’s post as the Mayor of London.
‘And press reports suggest it’s some sort of tradition for the mayor to dance with chair of London Assembly at Xmas party,’ journalist Henry Dyer suggested, also sharing Johnson’s gift register, which showed a lightsaber from Lucasfilm in June 2013.
The video has been shared the comments you’d expect, given the news. ‘Boris Johnson at a work meeting,’ one wrote. ‘I didn’t know it was a party,’ another wrote. ‘His dancing skills are on a par with his governing skills. I’m being kind here,’ a third tweeted.
‘My eyes, MY EYES,’ a fourth wrote. ‘I know Boris Johnson apologised for going to a party, but did he also apologise for his dancing?’ another wrote.
Johnson has yet to comment on the most recent allegations of parties prior to Prince Philip’s funeral, but many have speculated the report could be precede his resignation as prime minister.
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