Overnight the media has been full of the story that at the peak of the lockdown in 2020 an invite was sent to 100 people for a drinks party to be held in the Number 10 garden. Eye witnesses say the Prime Minister was in attendance at the event along with 30-40 others. The invite was leaked to ITN and supports claims made by Dominic Cummings about the party last week
On the same day, Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, had reminded the public at a press conference: "You can meet one person outside of your household in an outdoor, public place provided that you stay 2 metres apart."
You may be getting bored of such stories, this is hardly the first that has involved the Prime Minister telling us what we need to do to stay safe and protect others whilst doing the complete opposite himself
But this does matter
On at least 7 occasions, twice in the House of Commons the Prime Minister has said "All guidance was followed completely in No 10,"
As political opponents you might expect us to be critical of Mr Johnson but this goes beyond that. Politicians all have a reputation of stretching the truth to its limits. Our current Prime Minister has taken this to a different level. Like Mr Trump in the US he open lies and makes stuff up. relying on " official enquiries to give him a gentle rap on the knuckles which he then ignores or over-rides.
If all trust in the Prime Minister goes why will anyone take any notice of him on covid or anything else
Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called for an immediate explanation after No 10 said any comment must wait for the conclusion of civil servant Sue Gray's investigation into Downing Street lockdown breaches.
"This line won't survive 48 hrs. Nobody needs an official to tell them if they were at a boozy shindig in their own garden. People are (rightly) furious. They sacrificed so much - visiting sick or grieving relatives, funerals. What were any of these people thinking?" Davidson tweeted.
And there is one other group that need to be remembered in the current situation
Hannah Brady, a spokeswoman for the Covid-10 Bereaved Families for Justice Group, said it was "disgraceful" that a party was being held while it was illegal to do so, and on the same day her father's death certificate had been signed. indeed on that day 353 people died that day, and they couldn't even get a hug from our friends she said.
She added: "To make matters worse, in September I sat in that same garden, looked the Prime Minister in the eyes and told him how my dad had died. He told me he had 'done everything he could' to protect my dad.
"Knowing that he had partied in that same spot the very day that Dad's death certificate was signed. It makes me feel sick to think about it."
Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said if rules were found to be broken then "those responsible should face the full force of the law". Boris Johnson himself said just days after this party that the police should step in to stop people holding outdoor gatherings.
"It would absolutely reek of double standards if the police don't investigate these allegations in full."