This is what ordinary people did as ‘No. 10 had a Christmas party’

‘To say I’m completely angry is an understatement’ (Image:

Last Christmas was difficult.

Separated from our loved ones, we face grief, uncertainty, fear and loneliness, with little or no support – all for the greater good of protecting our loved ones. vulnerable people and limit the spread of the virus.

But the latest reports alleging that the government organized illegal Christmas parties during this time suggest that those in power are not necessarily making the same sacrifices as the rest of us.

Various reports claim that a party took place at Number 10 on December 18 – the day before Boris Johnsoncancel Christmas‘ and put London and the southeast is locked.

Downing Street has repeatedly insisted there is no partying and that coronavirus rules have been followed, but footage obtained by ITV News shows the then Prime Minister’s press secretary Allegra Stratton smiles and answers questions at a fake news conference on December 22 about a party the previous Friday – the day of the gathering that allegedly broke the rules.

Stratton has now resigned and apologised to ‘demystify the rules’.

Even so, and the denial from the Government, people are still angry.

For those who have loved ones die with no one by their side, or unable to support a friend who is struggling, or who has lost their businesses and livelihoods because of the pandemic, the thought of breaking the rules from those at the top is hard to swallow. asked ordinary people what they were doing this time last year and what sacrifices they had to make to follow the rules set out by the Government:

Sharleen, 46 years old, Greater Manchester

‘We lost our dad in March 2020. Mom had a horrible year of loss, despair and anxiety, and we couldn’t be around her to comfort and support her.

‘She was terrified to be with us for Christmas due to government press conferences and the restrictions she adhered to to stay safe.

‘To say I’m completely indignant is an understatement.

‘In the past year we have lost two close family friends to cancer – both had good prognosis until treatment was discontinued due to Covid disease. I have watched colleagues and patients die without their families by their side.

‘The effect on my mental health has cost me with work that I cherished and did so well. The effect of the government’s hypocritical rulings on us as a family is soul-destroying – and this is just our story.

‘There are thousands of people in the same position and the Government has the guts to laugh about it.’

Karen Walton, 35 years old, London

‘Last Christmas, my grandmother was hospitalized with a broken hip, no one was allowed to see her, not even my 96-year-old grandmother.

‘She died in January without anyone by her side. My grandfather died a month later, basically from a broken heart.

‘I was in London, while my family was in Wolverhampton, and since my boyfriend is a doctor he is working in the Covid ward, so I am alone a lot (he works all night from Christmas to New Year).

‘It was hard, but at the time I felt it was for the best.

‘This government has let us all down since they came to power, so I’m not surprised by this – but I’m really sad for my Grandparents and others who have gone through a similar experience. on one’s own.’

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Kerry Curl, 41 years old, Cambridgeshire

‘Before the pandemic, I was one of the most in-demand bridal makeup and hairstylists in the region with a full appointment book for 2020-2021 weddings.

‘With government restrictions on the wedding industry, I lost all of my business from last year, as none of my pre-booked brides wanted to choose a wedding of just the two. I have lost thousands upon thousands of pounds on my deposit, it has been paid and all must be returned.

‘The Government’s enforcement of the rules has not only affected my business on a financial level, but motherhood of two kids (12 and 13) with special needs – ADHD and autism. century – being asked not to go out adds to our pressure, and sadly my family has had a Christmas season filled with sadness, stress and anxiety.

‘I don’t even have enough money to pay my mobile phone bill or buy a single gift for any of my family or friends.

‘Hearing that the Government might have been having secret parties gave me a stomach ache, how dare they? They are mocking us all. They expect us to respect them, follow their rules and guidelines, but I have completely disrespected our Government and I am completely ashamed of who is in charge of running our country. .

‘How can they sleep at night knowing families like me suffered over Christmas last year? Didn’t get to see the extended family, barely had enough money to buy gifts for my kids because their laws put restrictions on my business and took away my whole year’s salary – that’s enough makes my blood boil. ‘

Nic Conner, 34 years old, Conwy

‘My pregnant wife and I stayed in a one-bedroom apartment in London last Christmas. During the whole pregnancy, we didn’t manage to see family or friends – no one saw the bump, there was no celebration and she went even with me. This is very difficult and takes a toll on her health.

‘Both of our families are in Wales, so couldn’t see them as Wales were locked in front of England.

‘It was even worse for my wife. She is very close to her parents and siblings. Having to be absent for what should have been a magical time, for them not to see her with a single bump, or for her to be unable to seek advice is a difficult thing.

‘Even compared to the first lockdown, we’ve never felt so far away.

‘We’re making this sacrifice due to advice from Downing Street – so to hear they might have been partying, to hear they might have friends around “babysitting” – it just goes to show the self. selfishness of the Boris and Carrie Johnson administrations. And I say this as a Tory Party member! ‘

Lizzie Ballinger, 43 years old, Wirral

‘I don’t see my mum or my siblings and all the kids and their partners – like we used to have last Christmas.

‘I spent it with my partner and as such I am lucky compared to the horrible scenarios others have to endure, but still – normally we would have a large family dinner, because My mother lives alone. But we all stayed away so she could play with my brother and see her grandchildren.

‘It’s not the same but we did what we were told… by the Tories.

‘When I heard about the alleged parties, I was really angry, but I also felt relieved because I wasn’t surprised at all. Nothing. They are often frustrated and measure nothing.

‘Ordinary people have to say goodbye or hold hands with their loved ones. It is despicable that the Government could have bent its knees and laughed at the ordinary people who complied. I think that’s disgusting. ‘

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