Boris Johnson’s Cabinet ‘happy’ despite cost of living and Brexit crises
Thursday’s Conservative Cabinet meeting was a ‘joyful’ occasion full of jokes and song despite looming crises from the UK government, according to reports.
Boris Johnson’s Cabinet met in Stoke-on-Trent on a ‘day away’ to discuss the cost of living crisis and the impact of the Tory government’s own rhetoric on tensions fueled by Brexit in Northern Ireland.
However, despite Stormont’s executive remaining crippled by Northern Ireland protocol and the people’s bills soaring, reports in The Times said the Cabinet had been “joyful”.
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There was “an impromptu chorus of ‘happy birthday’ for Rishi Sunak”, who turned 42 on May 12, and jokes about partygate – the scandal that saw Sunak, Johnson and up to 100 others working at the highest level of government fined for breaking the law.
” Where is the cake ? a senior minister reportedly joked at the meeting, referring to the criminal behavior of key Tories.
The Times also reported that, at a meeting of around 200 Tory MPs held at No 10 earlier in the week in a bid for Johnson to woo backbench MPs, the Prime Minister joked about the infamous BYOB party.
Around 100 people had been asked to bring booze into the garden of No 10 during the lockdown at an event Johnson admitted to attending – although he insisted to Parliament he believed it was a work.
Referring to the party, Johnson reportedly joked that Tuesday’s event was a “lawful gathering in Downing Street gardens”.
The reports will do little to assuage the widespread sentiment that top conservatives don’t care about ordinary people who followed the rules, unlike lawmakers who made them.
It comes after Oliver Dowden, the chairman of the Conservative Party, donated a bottle of champagne signed by the Prime Minister to a charity campaign.
A charity worker penned a concise description of the ill-judged donation, sent during a cost-of-living crisis overseen by a Prime Minister who oversaw an illegal culture of alcohol-fueled parties in Downing Street , leading to a violent reaction.