Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been bashed for sneaking off to Spain to paint portraits while his ministers are left at home to defend a damning Covid report, energy hikes and a snarled supply chain.
Johnson was spotted at his £ 25,000-a-week estate in Marbella where he is vacationing with pregnant wife Carrie and baby son Wilfred.
The Prime Minister was pictured painting a portrait of the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea in an image that emulated his hero Winston Churchill, known for his love of painting.
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Johnson’s mom, from whom he may have picked up some artistic skills, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who recently passed away at age 79 has been hailed an “astonishing self-taught artist.”
Damian Hinds, Home Office Minister defended Johnson’s vacation as “important for the whole country.”
But critics have lambasted the PM’s ill-timed vacation, accusing the Tory leader of “vanishing amid chaos.”
Shipping insiders have warned of an imminent nightmare of a Christmas as potential Christmas presents in toys and electrical goods were diverted from Felixstowe, the biggest port in the UK.
Felixstowe in Suffolk handles about 36% of imports and exports but is currently experiencing a backlog as ships are being redirected due to congestion caused by shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.
While the backlog has eased in the last few days, insiders have warned the crisis could persist into the new year.
As price hikes continue to hit the shelves of supermarkets, the public has been told to “get used to paying more for your food.”
Earlier this week reports filtered in suggesting that ministers would be announcing a hike in energy prices by next week.
While Johnson has been vacationing abroad, Parliament also submitted its findings on the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic, categorically stating that the government’s slow response to the pandemic cost “thousands of lives.”
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The study, conducted by two parliamentary committees, said early decisions on lockdowns and social distancing constituted “one of the most important public health failures the United Kingdom has ever experienced.”
The study concluded that the lethargic response on the part of the government in initiating lockdown protocols cost the nation direly.
Yesterday, Stephen Barclay, a government minister bluntly declined to apologize to families who lost their loved ones during the Covid pandemic.