A loyal Boris Johnson supporter from Bakewell has deflected the attention from the Prime Minister’s garden party scandal, saying that he may not have been the only politician in the country to have flouted the rules during the pandemic. The only difference, the pub owner explained, was that Mr Johnson’s blunder did not slip under the radar as he got “caught out” whereas others fortuitously got away with it. She picked up on the fact that many British pub owners owe Mr Johnson their financial survival and “wouldn’t be here” had he not come to their rescue with vital furlough schemes and financial help.
In an interview with GB News, the pub owner maintained that the hospitality industry may have been hit even harder without Mr Johnson’s intervention at a critical time.
She said: “I think lots of people were having parties when they shouldn’t have been doing.
“He just caught out probably.
“I have no problem with Boris, as I say, if he hadn’t helped us out with grants, the furlough scheme we wouldn’t be here.
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“It didn’t anything other than let us tick over through the times we were closed.
“We were very lucky to still be here.
She also added that Mr Johnson deserves to “stay” on as Prime Minister.
The reasons are that he had to navigate through volatile times and was confronted with an unprecedentedly complicated situation “nobody” in the past had to deal with.
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Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi welcomed Mr Johnson’s decision to apologise to the British public after a large section of the population had taken issue with his garden bash.
Mr Zahawi then lavished praise on the Prime Minister for his ability to get the “big, big decisions” right and being infallible in decisive moments and intricate areas such as Covid and Brexit.
After twice shunning the question, Mr Zahawi finally brought himself to admit that Mr Johnson’s position is indeed on steady ground, adding that “he is human and we make mistakes”.