Boris Johnson faced anger and derision as he admitted attending a drinks party during the first lockdown but claimed that he believed it to be a work event that did not break the rules
On 20 May 2020, Britain was in the grip of the first wave of coronavirus and two months into a national lockdown. Couples and relatives who lived apart were not allowed to hug each other or meet in each others’ homes or gardens. But this week evidence emerged that a garden drinks event was held in the grounds of 10 Downing Street – with the prime minister allegedly in attendance.
The news was greeted with fury and disbelief around the country, with people swapping stories of missing out on their final moments with loved ones or suffering alone while following the lockdown rules. For many, it felt like one rule for them and one rule for those in power.