A furious caller defended Boris Johnson through thick and thin, saying that the Prime Minister did not flaunt the rules by attending a party that took place in his “back garden”. Brendan from Hartlepool went on a bitter rant against Mr Johnson’s detractors, which include TalkRADIO host Mike Graham who deemed him “indigenous”. Mr Johnson admitted that he attended a garden party at Number 10 Downing Street in May 2020 before he issued an apology to the British public.
But for Brendan, he did nothing wrong as he makes his point to TalkRADIO presenter Mike Graham who did not agree with anything he said.
He said: “Paragraph two applies to a gathering if it takes place on around the premises other than a private dwelling which are organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent institution or a public body.
“What is the government if it’s not a public body?
“This gathering took part in a back garden, it’s not a public place!
“The regulations on meeting in public places for individuals yes [but] this is not a public place.
“And the regulations specifically say you can gather there.
“So, what is going on about Boris’s broken regulations?
“He hasn’t broken any regulations!”
But a stunned Mr Graham corrected him saying: “It’s owned by the public, so therefore it’s not a private place!”
But Brendan was relentless in trying to make a case for Mr Johnson’s innocence, insisting that it is a private place because people are not allowed to go in there and walk their dogs.
He said: “You and me aren’t allowed to go in there wandering around to walk our dogs!”
Before he made the astonishing claim that the “regulation was written because they wanted to have meetings there”.
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But Mr Graham gave him the eyes as he rubbished those claims before he said that the caller may well be the only person in the country who still defenders Mr Johnson.
He said: “No, no, if what you say is true and if what he did was to write these regulations in order specifically to have gatherings in Downing Street he’d have said so!
“The guy is disingenuous, there’s no question about it and if you wanna defend him because you like him that’s one thing but you cannot defend what he has done.
“You are the only person in Britain who thinks that [he hasn’t broken any rules], Brendan!”
In a poignant statement, Mr Johnson promised to “take responsibilty” for his actions as he expressed sympathy with bereaved families who are fuming at him.
He said: “I want to apologise, I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.
“I know the anguish they have been through, unable to mourn their relatives, unable to live their lives as they want or to do the things they love.
“I know the rage they feel with me and with the Government, I lead when they think in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.
“And though I cannot anticipate the conclusions of the current inquiry, I have learned enough to know there were things we simply did not get right and I must take responsibility.
“No 10 is a big department with a garden as an extension of the office which has been in constant use because of the role of fresh air in stopping the virus.
“When I went into that garden just after six on 20 May 2020, to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working, I believed implicitly that this was a work event.
“With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.
“I should have recognised that even if it could be said technically to fall within the guidance, there are millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way, people who have suffered terribly, people who were forbidden from meeting loved ones at all inside or outside, and to them and to this house I offer my heartfelt apologies.
“All I ask is that Sue Gray be allowed to complete her inquiry into that day and several others so that the full facts can be established.”