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The Guardian view on Partygate: a reckoning approaches | Editorial

Boris Johnson hopes the public and his party have moved on. That may be wishful thinking

Confronted last November with allegations of illegal, lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, Boris Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons that throughout the pandemic “all guidance was followed completely in No 10”. On Tuesday, having investigated evidence relating to 12 separate Downing Street events in 2020 and 2021, the Metropolitan police announced a first tranche of 20 fixed penalties for breaking lockdown rules at the very heart of government. More will follow, and the prime minister himself may be among those referred to the criminal records office for ignoring the laws he set and expected the rest of the country to follow.

Two months ago, when Mr Johnson was feeling the heat from Partygate and knew his premiership was under threat, this shaming development would have prompted the prime minister to resort to practised combinations of faux-contrition, self-exculpatory claims and sophistry: he didn’t know there were parties; he wasn’t at that party; he was at the party but didn’t realise it was a party; he was very sorry.

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