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Coronavirus: PM's father Stanley Johnson criticised for lockdown trip to Greece

Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Did you know Covid-proofing your villa was deemed essential travel abroad?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53266552

    Boris Johnson's father has been criticised for travelling to Greece during the coronavirus lockdown.
    Stanley Johnson shared a number of pictures on his Instagram account on Wednesday, showing him arriving in Athens and at an airport in a mask.
    He told the Daily Mail he was in the country "on essential business" to ensure a property he rents out was "Covid-proof" before holidays restart.
    But the former Tory MEP has come under fire for breaking lockdown rules.
    Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone said the incident "stinks of one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us".
    The prime minster's official spokesman declined to comment.
    The current guidance on air travel from the UK Foreign Office advises against "all but essential international travel" because of the virus.
    Anyone who then returns to the UK has to isolate for 14 days, under the government's existing rules.
    There have been a number of reports that the UK will form "air bridge" agreements with certain countries to allow people to travel there and not isolate on their return - but a list has yet to be published.
    Greece has re-opened its borders to some foreign travellers - except those from Sweden and the UK, who have been told they cannot fly to the country until 15 July.
    But it has been reported Mr Johnson travelled via Bulgaria to avoid this rule.
     
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  2. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I hope Greece burns his house down.
     
  3. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    I can’t believe he doesn’t have local help that could have done this on his behalf.
     
    jellycowfish, nizebaby and ilovesooty like this.
  4. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Plus ca change (en Angleterre) plus c'est la meme chose, n'est-ce pas?

    Translation:

    Do as I say not as I do !
     
  5. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Ugh.
     
    ilovesooty likes this.
  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Surely Dominic Cummings could have nipped over and done it.
     
  7. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Arrogant and entitled. You can see where his son gets it from.
     
  8. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    I'm sure a poster will be along soon to explain how Stanley's trip was all within the rules.
     
  9. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Almost the worst of it is that in order to get round the 'no flights to Greece from the UK' he flew to Sofia first.
    Sneaky.
    So, will he now be in 14 day quarantine when he returns, or will he find a way round that, too?
     
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  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    He won't need to - he will fly back from a country where incoming quarantine is not required.
     
    chelsea2 likes this.
  11. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    It was within rules but against advice.
     
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  12. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Greece most probably.
     
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    How the hell does one 'Covid-proof' a villa?

    Give it a couple of coats of liquid Night Nurse which contains paracetamol??

    [​IMG]
     
  14. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Was it within Greece and Bulgaria's rules?
     
  15. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    That's a climb down from what you wished upon President Trump.
     
  16. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    If you travel against the FO's advice, doesn't that usually invalidate your insurance, and also limit any FO support in an emergency?
     
    ilovesooty likes this.
  17. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    He was doing it in order to be able to rent it out.
    So presumably he'll be returning every time there's a turnover of tenant....or will he get a local to do it? In which case, he didn't need to go this time.....
     
  18. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Hmmm. FO support? The advice in Europe is normally 'do you have a credit card? Then FO and use it and find your way home'
     
    nizebaby likes this.
  19. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Invalidates travel insurance. Not sure about the FO. Ehic still applies.
     
  20. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Not yet.
    Why couldn't he wait until July 4th?
     
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