The nation’s papers on Thursday are almost wholly consumed with the publication of Sue Gray’s partygate report.
The Guardian and Financial Times report Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “unbowed” in the wake of the senior civil servant’s findings, which laid bare the raucous culture of drinking that led to lockdown breaches in Downing Street.
Guardian front page, Thursday 26 May 2022: Drinking, fights, vomiting: all in a day's work, says PM pic.twitter.com/LiNCohwUeN
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 25, 2022
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) May 25, 2022
The Daily Telegraph says Mr Johnson was forced to deny a cover-up over wife Carrie’s alleged “Abba Party” at their Downing St flat not being investigated.
📰The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
'Sunak to extend energy bill relief'#TomorrowsPapersToday
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 25, 2022
The Daily Mirror says partygoers were “laughing” at the rest of the country “sacrificing and mourning” during lockdown.
— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) May 25, 2022
Meanwhile, i leads with accusations the revelations of “vomiting, fighting and partying until 4am” uncovered in the report constitute a “failure of leadership”, and Metro carries the line from the PM’s private secretary revealed in the report: “We got away with it”.
Thursday's front page: 'Failure of leadership'#TomorrowsPapersToday
— i newspaper (@theipaper) May 25, 2022
Tomorrow's Paper Today 📰
'WE GOT AWAY WITH IT'
🔴 Brazen Downing St staff knew they were all breaking the rules🔴 PM says he's sorry but then denies that he lied to parliament pic.twitter.com/tjE0RQ8282
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 25, 2022
The Daily Star lashes the PM in typical sideways fashion.
— Daily Star (@dailystar) May 25, 2022
Conversely, The Sun declares partygate “over”, while the Daily Mail and Daily Express question “what all the fuss is about”.
— The Sun (@TheSun) May 25, 2022
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 25, 2022