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Partygate is not about a few drinks on the lawn. It’s about cynical double standards


ON Mike Graham’s Talkradio show yesterday, caller after caller said they couldn’t give a monkey’s about whether Boris Johnson had drinks or birthday cake at the party for which he has been fined by police. The unanimous view on what is called the ‘commonsense’ radio show is that we should forget about it and let Johnson carry on. Even Mike Graham shares this view. In my opinion, they’re all missing the point.

This isn’t about whether Johnson had a few drinks during lockdown. This is about the fear he and his party spread during that time. They wanted the people to believe in the fear of Covid but they didn’t believe it themselves. While many were strapping nappies to their faces (some to the resistant and struggling faces of children too) Johnson was content to sit unmasked amongst friends, and party like it was 1999. Hell, for those who don’t remember, he and his G7 buddies were more than happy to embrace each other at a barbecue during the lockdown period and as many of you will remember, the fuss about that dissipated quickly. It seems as if this scandal will, too.

The whole point about Johnson, Sunak and whoever being found guilty is that none of them believed the hype. They told the people to socially distance. They told the people to stay away from their friends and relatives. They told the people not to see their loved ones in hospital and, from what I hear, this still applies. Many people continue to wrap themselves in their safety nappies and yet no one at the top – you know, those who told us Covid was dangerous and to obey the rules – ever believed that Covid was a threat. They only wanted you to believe it.

Johnson and his non-conservative party are lucky they had a war to fall back on. If the Ukraine/Russia conflict had not happened, maybe the focus on this would not have been so easily brushed aside.

Do you think Johnson and Sunak should go or, like the many callers on Graham’s show, do you believe this to be a storm in a teacup and we should just forget about it?

Paradoxically, Graham has been collating horror stories about the treatment meted out by ‘our’ NHS over the last few years. Cancelled operations, shoddy care, people kept away from their relatives – all direct consequences of the lockdown restrictions. Who does he think was responsible for that? Oh yes, the man he says should carry on.

Many people who were separated from their loved ones, who shut down their businesses, who were so scared of this virus that they obeyed every rule, probably won’t share the view that he should just carry on. Maybe they will, though. The people of this country have the memory of a mayfly.

I didn’t vote for his Net Zero, cancel-culture-loving party in 2019 and haven’t since 2010. I’d be happy to see LibLabCon disintegrate and proper commonsense parties take the helm.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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