- Oct 25, 2006
I think everybody should cool down on this issue since it is not at all clear that any law has been broken. Such as I've seen indicates no law was broken.At last PMQ (01-Dec), BJ avoided to answer a simple question (was it true that you guys had a party last year while the country was in lockdown?) with a simple yes/no not because he does not know the answer but because he knows the consequence if he answered yes. Consequence that he should have thought of last year before allowing it. That's the point, he just did not think then it's important but it is now. Johnson is a liability.
It was apparently a staff party.
As such all Downing Street staff, Johnson and cabinet members could attend. So could any civil servants from other locations having any vague connection with what they do in number 10.
The law on mixing only applied to households, not to workplaces, simply because it couldn't be applied there since mixing is essential to functionality:
Service engineers come in to maintain and repair office and factory equipment.
Postal and courier staff enter large offices to go to the postrooms with sacks of mail.
Cleaners from other companies enter offices to clean while staff are still present on overtime or shift working.
As I've said twice, this is a non-event. All those who work together in that location will have constantly touched surfaces that others touched thoughout the working day, as well as being close together all the time.
To say they cannot get together there at a later point in time is ridiculous, especially when there is no law saying they can't.