Boris Johnson said he mistook the boozy No 10 garden party for a ‘work event’ – 27 100% proof takedowns
In a feverishly anticipated PMQs, Boris Johnson has finally admitted that he did indeed attend the ‘BYOB’ party in the garden of 10 Downing Street at the height of lockdown in May 2020.
But in a characteristic – and hilarious – twist, Johnson claimed that he didn’t realise it was a party, he thought it was a ‘work event’. A work event.
So 25 minutes later as it gradually dawned on him that the people around him were sharing nibbles and bottles of booze rather than PowerPoint presentations, he went back into his office.
“Can’t the prime minister see why the British public think he is lying through his teeth?” asks Sir Keir Starmer
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 12, 2022
And however stupid Johnson thought the British public were before he said this, it surely just went down several notches further.
His ‘work event’ defence prompted no end of mockery online and these 27 people surely said it best.
Look, we’ve all been there. Show up for a meeting at work, having been asked to bring booze, only to find hundreds of people there getting pissed up, just to figure out, 25 minutes later, that you’re actually at a party in your own garden.
— Gary Younge (@garyyounge) January 12, 2022
I'm going to need a couple of stiff workplace events to get over this.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) January 12, 2022
"I thought it was a work event" pic.twitter.com/4xt7vZafYe
— Conor Pope (@Conorpope) January 12, 2022
Says a lot about Downing Street that piss ups are indistinguishable from work meetings
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) January 12, 2022
I think parties and work events CAN be very similar. For instance, I confused a drinks menu for a spreadsheet once. And also a seventh mojito for a pen.
— Michael Spicer (@MrMichaelSpicer) January 12, 2022
The Narcissist's Prayer
That didn't happen.
And if it did, it wasn't that bad.
And if it was, that's not a big deal.
And if it is, that's not my fault.
And if it was, I didn't mean it.
And if I did, you deserved it.
— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) January 12, 2022
Of course @BorisJohnson could have asked his wife, Carrie Johnson, who was with him and drinking (gin, I’m told), whether they were at a party, if he wasn’t sure
— Robert Peston (@Peston) January 12, 2022
Anyone who has been to one of my parties is free to disagree but however bad they've been, I hope no has actually left one thinking they'd been at work
— Stephen Pollard (@stephenpollard) January 12, 2022
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) January 12, 2022
realising you're the govt minister on straight after PMQs pic.twitter.com/S1rYGJHFa4
— Esther Webber (@estwebber) January 12, 2022
I would like to take this opportunity to express to everyone how deeply and sincerely I regret getting caught.#PMQs
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) January 12, 2022
“We believed this was a work event” pic.twitter.com/NcNqFORsDz
— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) January 12, 2022
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) January 12, 2022