So, after all, the Metropolitan Police have decided to investigate potential breaches of the lockdown laws in Downing Street. The commissioner, Cressida Dick, has said the Met is working with the cabinet office and they have enough to go on not to have to wait for Sue Gray's eventual findings. Therefore, we are faced with the prospect of a serving prime minister being issued with a fixed penalty notice for breaking a law that he himself imposed on everyone else, for an offence committed in the very room where the British cabinet had agreed on those laws. This, I think, proves that you cannot have your cake and eat it. The unfortunate thing for Boris Johnson in the latest “Partygate” revelations is that everyone has a birthday, so everyone can remember how they spent it under some or other of the Covid lockdown restrictions. Another unfortunate thing for Johnson is that we nowadays have social media, so the many people who now also face the shame of sharing their birthday with the prime minister (and hopefully disproving the tenets of astrology) can relay their own stories about their non-celebrations on 19 June 2020. Some are harrowing, some just miserable, but… Read full this story
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