BBC's Ros Atkins' dissection of Christmas row rocking PMs Cabinet
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The comments come as the Prime Minister, 57, has come under increasing pressure following reports Downing Street held festive parties last Christmas while England faced coronavirus restrictions prohibiting large gatherings. Speaking at BBC’s flagship current affairs panel programme Question Time, Steven Barlette, an entrepreneur explained how the public has lost confidence in Boris Johnson and suggested that “he does need to go”.
He said: “Every time I refresh my Twitter feed the breaking news from this Government is someone has lied, deceived us.
“How can you possibly in that context have trust that these people will lead us out of the pandemic and the consequence of the lack of trust is very clear.
“So, Boris, once your girlfriend cheats on you, you are always going to be suspicious, so Boris really does need to go.”
Mr Johnson has been witnessing a lot of heat from the public for mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Steven continued: “They did a study in Europe where they looked at vaccine adoption and they saw how in some countries, where they have high degrees of trust, more people adopted the vaccine and were more optimistic about the vaccine.
“So low trust environment results in death. For these parties, it seems like it’s trivial but it will result in death if we erode the trust in the pandemic.”
While talking about losing the trust in the government, Mr Steven turned to Conservative MP Rachel Maclean and said: “And I actually think that Rachel you don’t trust Borris. Do you?”
To which Ms Rachel replied: “Yes, I do trust him. Look I am the only person here who can speak on behalf of the government here.
“It’s understandable there is palpable anger in the room and that’s how it’s going to be and I perfectly accept that.”
Mr Johnson has been put in a spot after reports Downing Street threw a Christmas Party last year surfaced amid Tier 2 and 3 Covid-19 restrictions.
The event took place two days after London went into Tier 3 lockdown restrictions on 16 December, meaning people were not allowed to mix indoors with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
Talking about the incident, Ms Rachel said: “This is a difficult time and it has been a bad week, let’s be frank about that. And the Prime Minister himself went to PMQs on Wednesday and apologised.
“Straight up, and he said he was sickened by what he saw and that is why he apologised for the video, not for the party.”
Reacting to her statement, the host Fiona Bruce said: “He apologised for the video and not for the party?”
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Ms Rachel continued: “That’s because it’s an allegation that is why he has appointed the Cabinet Secretary to carry out an investigation and he has been clear that there will be disciplinary consequences and we have already seen somebody lose their job.”
Question Time will return to Stoke-on-Trent next week and will be televised on BBC One at 10.35 pm next Thursday.
Tonight’s panel will feature Conservative MP Rachel Maclean, Labour MP Anneliese Dodds, entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, actor Adjoa Andoh and broadcaster Michael Portillo.
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