Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020

Boris Johnson and staff in the Downing Street garden in May 2020. Photograph: The Guardian

Is this the point that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been captured, breaking lockdown rules and misleading UK Parliament?

Boris Johnson has been pictured with wine and cheese alongside his wife and up to 17 staff in the Downing Street garden during lockdown, raising questions over No 10’s insistence a “work meeting” was taking place.

The photograph was shared with the Guardian following No 10’s denial last week that there was a social event on Friday 15 May 2020 including wine, spirits and pizza inside and outside the building. Johnson’s spokesman said Downing Street staff were working in the garden in the afternoon and evening.

However, the picture raises questions over that assertion. Bottles of wine are in evidence, there is a lack of social distancing and 19 people are gathered in groups across the Downing Street terrace and lawn.

Questions that I ask, what other employment situations is alcohol served in discussions, where is the line drawn between a business meeting with alcohol or not, becoming a social environment, or is there a grey line or a hard fast line between the differences.

Source: Guardian Newspaper online, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/dec/19/boris-johnson-and-staff-pictured-with-wine-in-downing-street-garden-in-may-2020 accessed 26th of January 2022.

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