DAILY MAIL MEMMENT: Get rid of that party hangover

What is the minimum number of people required to throw a party? Because of the large number of people who attended Sir Keir’s party in Durham last year, we ask this question.

After a hard day of campaigning, the initial report was that there was only the Labour leader with some colleagues who were enjoying a beer after work.

Yesterday however, Sir Keir said that six members of the team he was referring to included him. Presumably, there were also representatives from the constituency association, whose offices it was.

Sir Keir Starmer being interviewed by host Sophie Raworth for BBC1. He yesterday admitted the 'team' of colleagues he drank a beer with last April comprised around six people

Interview with Sir Keir Sternmer by Sophie Raworth, BBC1. Yesterday, he admitted that the “team” of six colleagues with whom he had a beer last April consisted about six people.

What is the total number? Ten? A dozen? More? Remember that indoor socialising was illegal at the time. The Daily Mail also revealed today that official guidelines for May 6 elections stated that campaigners were not to meet indoors.

How does this event differ from Boris Johnson enjoying a drink after work in Downing Street’s garden? It was certainly safer to have it outdoors.

But Sir Keir insists on Mr Johnson’s resignation while refusing to apologize (three times in total yesterday) for his obvious rule-breaking.

Yes, multiple parties were held at Downing Street. However, Sir Keir’s soirée is still acceptable. Keir is no less a steaming hypocrite.

This unsatisfying bunfight is making the public sick.

Sue Gray, the mandarin of Britain, has written about the scandal. Mr Johnson, once again, has declared himself to be in humble repentance (again), while those who arranged the parties have been censured. Britain is free to continue its journey.

The PM was forced to rediscover his Tory side as a result of “Partygate”.

Sue Gray, pictured, is the civil servant in charge of the investigation into Downing Street's 'Partygate' scandal

Sue Gray (pictured) is the civil servant responsible for the Downing Street investigation into the ‘Partygate” scandal 

His backbenchers backed him when he rejected tougher restrictions, despite Omicron’s arrant scaremongering. He is now being driven by them towards a more “red-meat” Conservative agenda.

To combat cross-Channel migration, the Navy should be brought in. The goal is to abolish the TV licence fee. The Levelling Up Bill.

To make it easier to deport foreign criminals, we are changing the human rights laws. This is all policy that pleases the party faithful as well as country. He should ensure that words are followed up by action.

Johnson must protect families against the worst consequences of the coming crisis in cost of living. Excellent starting points would include a thorough examination of green taxes and the deferral of any impending increase in national insurance.

There is always exciting economic and medical news. Our GDP is returning to pre-Covid levels quicker than any Western country. Virus infections rates have dropped and are falling. Flying is possible.

But first we must get past Partygate. This whole saga is giving us all a thumping hangover – without having had the fun of going to the parties. This is enough.

Unstable model

It is not surprising that high-paid BBC celebrities are coming together to support the corporation’s rejection of Nadine Dorries, Culture Secretary,’s proposal to freeze and then eliminate the license fee.

According to them, cultural vandalism is a crime. An attack on impartial journalism. An attempt to distract the attention of Government failings. Poppycock!

For Gary Lineker and the rest, £159 a year is nothing. However, as Lord Grade, former chairman of BBC said yesterday it is money that many families could spend somewhere else. You could, for example, offset the upcoming rise in energy costs.

Yes, BBC in its finest moments is an admirable institution. It is not sustainable to finance it with a universal and regressive tax in the multi-media age.