“With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside, I should have found some other way to thank them, and I should have recognised that – even if it could have been said technically to fall within the guidance – there would be millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way,” he said.
“I should have recognised that even if it could be said technically to fall within the guidance, there are millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way, people who have suffered terribly, people who were forbidden for meeting loved ones at all inside or outside, and to them and to this House I offer my heartfelt apologies.”
Meanwhile, observant viewers couldn’t help but notice the defeated look in Johnson’s eyes as opposition MP’s continued to pile the pressure on - with some even calling for the prime minister to resign.
In response, Johnson could only feebly ask MP’s to wait for the findings in the investigations conducted by Sue Gray into all of the alleged Downing Street parties.
TV critic, Toby Earle spotted the shift in body language and facial expressions from Johnson and perfectly summarised in a tweet: “The look on Johnson’s face. Haunted, caught red-handed, found out. #PMQS.”
The look on Johnson’s face. Haunted, caught red-handed, found out #PMQs https://t.co/nT8xsi1MZj
BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg also noted how the prime minister “a very different tone” with “no gags, no smirks, body language of colleagues” in order to demonstrate “how uneasy his party his [sic].”
PM tried to strike a very different tone, no gags, no smirks, body language of his colleagues, including on front b… https://t.co/Y0nv6osQz9