Nothing seemed to hurt Boris Johnson’s huge popularity, until now. With his countenance
William the Naughty, the British Prime Minister had always come out of entanglements and
tangles, its power of seduction unscathed. Not even Brexit with its push and pull; nor the rush of
inflation or the imminent rise in social contributions; nor the cases of clientelism, did
dent in it.
The English did not even complain when their Government imposed a strict “lockdown”, a confinement
that made London a ghost town. And that after the Government tried the path of
herd immunity, which was to cost the UK tens of thousands of deaths. TO
In early January of this year, 151,899 deaths from covid were recorded.
When the vaccines arrived, the British responded civilly to the Government’s calls.
Unseen in the UK are the often violent protests that continue to take place in
surrounding countries. There, as in other European countries, without vaccination there is no
covid certificate that allows travel.
But the hurricane that raised the pandemic has finally reached number 10 Downing Street. In
twice in May 2020, when it was forbidden to gather more than two people outside,
Drinking parties were held at the Government headquarters, to one of which a
hundred people. Boris Johnson and his then-girlfriend were in attendance.
The revelation of these facts raised blisters in public opinion, still traumatized by that
first wave of the pandemic. Later it became known that there were more of these festive events. what else
It hurt, there were two parties held until late at night, with drinks and dancing included, the
eve of the funeral of the queen’s husband, Philip of Edinburgh.
It was the last straw for many Conservative voters, particularly in the north of England, who
had Boris Johnson on a pedestal for delivering Brexit when his predecessor Theresa
May had failed miserably. They, former Labor Party voters, gave him a
landslide victory for the Conservatives in the Commons, now what?
Well, the conservative deputies tremble for their seats: although the elections are not until
2024, in May there are local elections and an electoral disaster for the Tories could reactivate the
internecine wars in a party that is ruthless with its leaders in adversity.
No one believed the Prime Minister’s apologies, not even when he said that the parties were meetings of
job. On the contrary. And it is that, in politics as in life, when the emotional bond is broken
It is of little use to ask for forgiveness to restore trust.