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Boris Johnson Accused Of 'Hypocrisy' After Having 'Standing Drinks And Buffet' While Watching Football

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Boris Johnson Accused Of 'Hypocrisy' After Having 'Standing Drinks And Buffet' While Watching Football

Prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of 'hypocrisy' after a video uploaded onto his Instagram Stories appears to show him having 'standing drinks and a buffet' while watching the football yesterday evening.

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In the clip, Boris can be seen watching the England vs Germany match inside what looks like a marquee. In the background, several people can be seen stood chatting and holding drinks - a simple act which is currently banned at wedding venues in England.

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There also appeared to be a buffet table nearby - again, something often seen at weddings but currently not allowed. Many have also questioned the social distancing in place.

Boris Johnson has been accused of 'hypocrisy' for having 'standing drinks and a buffet' while watching the football (Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)
Boris Johnson has been accused of 'hypocrisy' for having 'standing drinks and a buffet' while watching the football (Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)

Following the video, social media account @whataboutweddings - which is campaigning for businesses and couples throughout the pandemic - shared a number of posts from couples and those within the wedding industry.

The page wrote: "We spy standing drinks reception and a buffet in his stories... well well well, shock as govt displays more hypocrisy."

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Others were stunned, with several reposting the screengrabs and commenting: "So I take it the latest government guidelines will be updated tomorrow morning to say that we can stand up and drink?

"And have a drinks reception? Because you wouldn't be a hypocrite now would you?"

Both couples and the wedding industry were upset at the clip (Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)
Both couples and the wedding industry were upset at the clip (Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)

Meanwhile another person actually replied to Boris' story, writing: "This is heartbreaking to watch. Why are you allowed to watch football with your mates, having what looks suspiciously like a standing drinks reception with a buffet when I am being forced to go ahead with my wedding where all my guests will need to be seated for all food and drinks, with no dance floor... Honestly I am speechless."

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In response, the @whataboutweddings page has organised a 'twitter bomb' for this evening, explaining: "We see you @borisjohnsonuk following none of the rules that we have to for weddings.

"We see you standing for drinks receptions with your mates, buffet on the side for people to help themselves to.

(Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)
(Credit: Downing Street/Instagram)

"We see you putting sporting events and government events before milestone events. We see you continuing to treat weddings without the significant cultural importance that they should be prioritised for.

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"We see the hypocrisy :disappointed: We see @keirstarmer doing nothing to #standupforweddings and joining in the fun for events he can attend without restrictions.

"So we invite everyone - couples, venues, suppliers, friends and families - to join us tonight at 8pm for a Twitter bomb to remind them that we are here and we want weddings to be open in FULL now."

At present, while weddings are allowed to take place with more than 30 guests (depending on how many people each venue can hold with social distancing in place) there are still a number of rules.

These include all food and drink served to tables, inside and outside, at venues. Meanwhile dance floors are banned.

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Tyla has reached out to Downing Street for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Downing Street/Instagram

Topics: News, Boris Johnson, Wedding

Lucy Devine
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