Kate Garraway has described the Downing Street Christmas party as heartbreaking and depressing after her husband Derek Draper spent a year in the hospital fighting COVID.
The TV host, 54, told Good Morning Britain that she struggled to try and make things work and follow lockdown rules during the time the party allegedly took place.
In her documentary Finding Derek, released earlier this year, she also talked about the struggles her family encountered as her husband spent a year in the hospital gravely ill after contracting coronavirus.
Commenting on reports of the Downing Street party, she said that she just didn’t want to throw stones, but that the obvious thing to say was that it was heartbreaking and ridiculous and she couldn’t believe it because she didn’t think they were a bunch of bad people, but that there was something extremely uncomfortable about it, and perhaps they just didn’t know the devastation, because the rules were affecting everyone.
Co-presenter Susanna Reid said that she didn’t think anyone was describing malign intent here, but she said that Adam Wagner, who’s a barrister and they regularly speak to Adam on the programme, has been, as it was implied, crunching the legal’s over this.
She continued, quoting from a document: ‘During that period, there were only two legal ways to have an indoor gathering of more than 30 people, and she said there were permitted, organised gatherings, but that would mean guests weren’t allowed to mix with anyone that wasn’t in their household, and that didn’t seem to apply.
And she said that the only other legal route was if the gathering was reasonably essential for work, but that it seemed extremely unlikely that any type of party held for more than 30 people indoors where COVID was more likely to spread would be reasonably necessary for work.
Kate Garraway added that she just remembers the scrutiny that they went through to try and make things work, even simple things like who was going to look after her children or was she allowed to have other people in to look after them? And it was just all so depressing.
How is it people in Downing Street don’t appear to be able to obey the rules, but they expect the general public to do so?
Boris Johnson has agreed to an internal investigation into the allegations of a COVID rule-breaking Christmas Party in Downing Street in the face of ascending anger.
Kate Garraway’s husband is one of the illest surviving patients of COVID, and she’s more than entitled to an opinion of it because her husband wouldn’t have been allowed to see his wife or children last Christmas due to the government’s rules, while the same government are hosting parties, so I can see why she would be livid, along with everyone else.
Although I doubt very much that it was just Downing Street that was the only place where parties were held, or do we believe that the rest of the world just remained at home? The difference is, that the remainder of the people in the world weren’t dictating the rules that we were expected to follow.
The thing is, lots of people missed last Christmas with their loved ones and their loved ones that were in the hospital with COVID. Kate Garraway isn’t the only person that has a sick loved one in the hospital, whether with COVID or something else.
But what’s even more disturbing is Kate Garraway’s blatant use of her husband’s illness for her own self-promotion.