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‘Hypocritical’ UK PM forced to quarantine following public backlash

- ‘Boris’ Johnson was exposed to COVID-19 in a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid
The embattled United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’, right, was exposed to COVID-19 in a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, left, on July 16, 2021, and had planned to escape mandatory quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 but public pressure forced him to abort plans. Photo: Internet Source
Labour Party leader Keir R. Starmer said Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been busted yet again for thinking the rules that everyone is following don’t apply to them. Photo: Sky News
Labour Party leader Keir R. Starmer said Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been busted yet again for thinking the rules that everyone is following don’t apply to them. Photo: Sky News
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is isolating at the prime ministerial country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire. Photo: PA Media
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is isolating at the prime ministerial country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire. Photo: PA Media
LONDON, UK- The embattled United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ had planned to escape mandatory quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 but public pressure forced him to abort plans.

Johnson was exposed to COVID-19 in a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid on July 16, 2021, and NHS policy means that was required to isolate for 10 days; however, Number 10 announced he was part of a pilot study, meaning he could continue to work.

However, national outrage meant he had to perform a sharp U-Turn and remove himself from the pilot study.

Public backlash

According to Business Insider, on the morning of July 18, 2021, Johnson was "pinged" by the NHS COVID-19 app - a contact tracing app used to identify those exposed to COVID and therefore must isolate to stop the spread.

In contrast to common practice, 10 Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer - would not be isolating, and would instead be participating in a pilot scheme and going into his office to continue "essential Government business."

However, mass public backlash caused this announcement to be reversed in less than two hours. A flurry of criticism had come from voters, political opponents and business owners.

Sunak took to Twitter to announce that "I recognise that even the sense that the rules aren't the same for everyone is wrong. To that end I'll be self-isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot."

Later in the day, according to Business Insider, Johnson filmed a video of himself stating that he will be self-isolating until Monday, July 26, 2021.

He said that it was "briefly" considered he would avoid COVID-19 isolation regulations, but stated that it would be "far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules."

‘Hypocritical’ that Johnson tried to dodge quarantine

Opposition politicians had said it was hypocritical for Johnson and Sunak to have tried to exempt themselves from some of the rules.

"Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been busted yet again for thinking the rules that we are all following don’t apply to them," said Labour Party leader Keir R. Starmer.

According to Business Insider, this is the latest case in a string of COVID-related controversies involving the most senior of the UK Government.

On June 26, then-Health Secretary Matthew J. D. Hancock stepped down from his position after leaked footage showed him kissing his aide in his office whilst Covid restrictions banned such intimate contact.

Last year, the senior advisor to Johnson - Dominic M. Cummings - sparked national fury when it was revealed that he drove over 200 miles in a national lockdown whilst being positive for COVID-19.

16 Responses to “‘Hypocritical’ UK PM forced to quarantine following public backlash”

  • We don’t care (19/07/2021, 16:41) Like (22) Dislike (50) Reply
    This is not BVI news
    • @ we don’t care (20/07/2021, 05:15) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      Oh you think? yes we do care about the hypocrisy of these racist
      • @@we don’t care (20/07/2021, 08:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        Who says it’s anything to do with race? The UK is the most diverse and accepting country in the world. You really think they can be bothered with racism out here!! Get over it.
    • @we don't care (20/07/2021, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      We do care about these news item because it shows the two sided nature of the people who trying to take us over by trying to make us feel and think that unless the UK runs the day to day affairs of the BVI like how he is running theirs then we cannot ever be seen as doing anything good. A set of colonial slave masters at it again.
      • Kiko (20/07/2021, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I think you may be confusing your personal view with the view of the majority.
        The truth is, how Boris Johnson behaves is irrelevant when it comes to the BVI. If the British choose to improve our governance it won’t be a matter for him. We’re not that important.
      • Incorrect (20/07/2021, 14:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        They are not trying to ‘take over’. The COI is desperately needed for the good of our country and it’s people. As one of the wealthiest Caribbean countries just look at the state of this place. It’s a travesty. All because so many have helped themselves to the cookie jar and tender processes are a farce. Call it racism, call it a pajama party for all I care, but unearthing blatant disregard for due process and governance is the only way we’re going to clean up this mess for a better future. I’m sick of it, so much money wasted.
      • TCI (20/07/2021, 14:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Did the UK take over the Turks and Caicos Islands after its COI? No. The country is now flourishing. It’s nothing to do with racism.
  • hey (19/07/2021, 17:14) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    IF YOU LOVE BORIS SO MUCH , WHY DON'T YOU JOIN HIM .• BOTH OF YOU WOULD MAKE A GOOD PAIR ( BORIS IS D WEIRD AND YOU IS SOMETHING ELSE
  • Xxx (19/07/2021, 17:19) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Set of oppressors saying one thing and doing a next
  • Why (19/07/2021, 17:19) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    why is this news to much free publicity
  • WELL (19/07/2021, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    ITS THE ONLY THING THEY SEEMS TO ENJOY / WHAT IS GOING ON HERE IS NOT THAT IMPORTANT , SO NEXT GOING TO BE WHAT HE ATE FOR LUNCH
  • WOW (19/07/2021, 22:44) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    The hypocrisy of the British. No wonder they blocked their own COI and send one to be done on the BVI. You call this abuse of power.
  • Rubber Duck (20/07/2021, 05:16) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    The British are just wrong bottom line
    • Bubbling (20/07/2021, 10:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hi fake Rubber Duck. You’re missing an important fact. We ARE British.
  • Hmm (20/07/2021, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    B4 the COI we never heard so much about UK news and corruption. Where was this reporting from inception.
  • Medusa (20/07/2021, 14:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not sure what all the fuss is about. He has had Covid 19 already and its too late now as UK relaxed restrictions. As 70% vaccinations in UK Covid 19 should just be let to run through the country. That needs to happen here but because the anti vaxxers wont have the vaccine BVI lag behind and unvaccinated belongers will die for their principles or whatever reason they are not having the vaccine.


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