Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rowed back on his ministers’ statements that Britons should snitch on their neighbours breaching new coronavirus measures — unless they are having hot tub ragers and “Animal House” parties.
On Monday, new rules came into force that banned gatherings of more than six people, following an increase in coronavirus cases in the UK.
Senior ministers Priti Patel and Kit Malthouse almost immediately told media that if Britons suspect their neighbours are breaking the rules, then they should call the police. Home Secretary Patel also claimed that neighbours of more than six bumping into each other on the street and stopping for a chat also contravened the new laws.
Attempting damage control, Prime Minister Johnson told The Sun on Wednesday: “I have never much been in favour of sneak culture, myself.
“What people should do in the first instance is obviously if they are concerned is raise