The prime minister is away for a week in Marbella, Spain, where he is staying in a luxury villa.
Boris Johnson left the UK on Friday to go on vacation with his family – and his critics believe he timed it to coincide with a devastating Covid report that was released on Tuesday .
The prime minister has yet to react publicly to a report from lawmakers that said the government’s inability to stop the pandemic from spreading quickly was one of the public health failures.
Sources claim the prime minister continues to operate from southern Spain, but many have speculated that he intentionally left the UK, knowing the report will be published when he is out of the country.
Human rights lawyer Shoaib M Khan tweeted: “Now we know why this (small, deceitful, arrogant, dangerous) man chose this moment to go on holiday abroad.”
Khan then attached the infamous October 2 video clip in which Johnson told a journalist: “The most important metric I’ve given you is don’t care about life expectancy, don’t care about cancer outcomes, look at pay increases. “
Khan said: “The whole report makes for very disappointing reading.
“We can argue about many things, but one thing is certain.
“The incredibly incompetent Tory government should be deeply ashamed of its appalling treatment of the British people and its blatant, unforgivable disregard for human life.”
Khan was not alone in pointing to the terrifying timing of Johnson’s absence.
Even before the reports came out at midnight on Monday, the UK is reeling under a range of crises, including supermarket shortages, HGV driver shortages, gas shortages and mass distribution problems driven by rising energy prices. Huh.
Eye newspaper columnist Ian Dunt tweeted on Monday: “Prior to Johnson, the PM was often asked to come home from leave during the crisis.
“Now they go on vacation in times of crisis.”
Sources claim Johnson is working away from his holiday home, and Number 10 has said Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is not running the country in his absence.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister will remain in charge as usual.”
Labor deputy leader Angela Renner tweeted: “So the PM can flexibly work and work from home but the government says working people should not have equal rights.
“One rule for them and another for the rest of us, always.”
Number 10 has declined to say who paid for the prime minister’s leave, but recently distinguished colleague Zack Goldsmith is believed to host Johnson.
It’s only been 35 days since Johnson’s last vacation.
When pressed on the matter, Home Office Minister Damien Hinds defended the prime minister on BBC Breakfast on Monday, saying: “Everyone should be able to relax.”