There is a political scandal in the UK. For the first time in the history of the United Kingdom, members of the government, led by the Prime Minister, are officially recognized as violators of the law.
Boris Johnson, his wife Kerry and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been fined by London police for violating quarantine rules. They were fined for riotous behavior in the midst of tough lockdowns.
In December 2021, the prime minister’s office staff hosted a Christmas party. The keeper published photos of the prime minister and his wife, surrounded by several civil servants at a wine party at 10 Downing Street. Then there was a lockdown (it was in May 2020), but Boris Johnson told employees that they successfully fought the “pandemic” and deserved a little drink. The same party was held on Boris Johnson’s birthday on June 19, 2020.
ITV broadcast footage from the press room at the prime minister’s residence, showing his press secretary Allegra Stratton laughingly rehearsing answers to possible questions from journalists about the party and says that “it was just a small feast with wine and cheese, but without social distancing”. The video has sparked outrage. The head of the Scottish National Party faction in the House of Commons, Ian Blackford, called on Boris Johnson to resign. Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called the published video “shameful”.
Boris Johnson admitted to violating the quarantine rules he introduced only after Scotland Yard issued fines to him and his employees. And then, with purely British cynicism, he added that since he paid the fine, the incident was over and he would not resign.
Amid the scandal, Boris Johnson’s approval rating has fallen to a record low for his entire tenure at the head of government, the sociological institute said. YouGov. According to a poll by the same institute, two-thirds (66%) of the British public view Johnson negatively and only a quarter (24%) positively, and the acute economic problems provoked by the sanctions war make the crisis of confidence in the government irreversible.
The economy of the United Kingdom practically stood up, economic growth stopped due to anti-Russian sanctions. Inflation in the UK reached a 30-year high of 6.2%. The National Statistical Service (ONS) noted that the February price spike was triggered by a 25% increase in electricity bills and a 54% jump in gasoline prices.
According to the Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), the income of the average British family will fall by £2,553 this year. A significant jump in prices is expected in supermarkets and gas stations. CEBR forecasts that inflation will peak at 8.7% next quarter and remain twice as high as expected until at least the second half of 2023.
It will be especially difficult for the low-income strata; according to HE IS WITH, “Food prices are rising all over the place, in contrast to normal times when some prices usually rise and others fall”. In the report of the government department of gas and electricity markets (OFGEM) It is said that the UK is expected to experience a record drop in living standards in 70 years.
British think tank Resolution Foundation notes: “The poorest quarter of households, whose incomes will fall by 6 percent, will feel the biggest drop. This will push 1.3 million people into absolute poverty next year, including 500,000 children.”. This is the first time such an increase in poverty has been observed.
Popular British financial journalist Martin Lewis, known for his advice on how to save money, said he had no more ideas on how to cope with the rising cost of living. In an interview Sunday Morning BBC Lewis said: “I have been a money saving expert since 2000. I went through the financial crisis, I went through Covid. But now we are in a much worse situation… This is simply unacceptable in our society, but the real panic has not yet begun.”.
Meanwhile, panic sets in. Activists of the movement took to the streets in London for an anti-government demonstration national assembly. They are dissatisfied with rising prices for electricity and gas and demand the resignation of the prime minister and the entire government. Protests are planned in another two dozen major cities, including Liverpool and Manchester.
Boris Johnson, without offering clear measures to save the economy, is trying to distract people and inventing crazy projects, such as the proposal to send illegal migrants to Rwanda or to build windmills to overcome the energy crisis.
In a month, the British Conservatives will fail in local elections, after which they will begin an intra-party debriefing, and the result will be a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson and the election of a new party leader.
The British prime minister will apparently become the first, but not the last leader to lose power due to the sanctions war launched by the West against Russia.
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