How the world is reacting to Boris Johnson’s Partygate
For a Spanish commentator, calls for the resignation of Boris Johnson at a party in Downing Street brought to mind the conviction of Al Capone for tax evasion.
“Boris Johnson may fall not because of Brexit, or his handling of the pandemic, his attacks on democracy and his disregard for international treaties, but because of his hosting of banned Downing Street parties,” he said. writes Rafael Ramos for La Vanguardia de Catalunya.
La Razón, one of Spain’s main newspapers, said on its front page on Thursday that Mr Johnson stood “stunned” at the prime minister’s questions, while El País featured a front-page photo of Labor MPs berating the Prime Minister.
The “Partygate” scandal has been making headlines around the world, and in the United States the crescendo has been building for days.
On Tuesday, The New York Times groaned: “The Prime Minister and his government are accused – yet again – of violating their own lockdown rules, undermining their credibility and trying to turn to other issues.
An opinion piece in the Washington Post written by Ian Birrell, David Cameron’s former speechwriter, was headlined: “The latest ‘Partygate’ revelations may prove too big for even the great escapologist Boris Johnson.”
Is he still fit to lead?
After the Prime Minister’s apology was broadcast on CNN, complete with a last-minute ticker, host Kaitlan Collins said: “It’s a remarkable scene. We’ve seen it get tense at times there, a lot of times you hear them screaming when a speech is going on, but it’s remarkable.