Stanley Johnson laughed, claiming he had broken the lockdown rules by offering to wear his swimming trunks over his head as he came out of his vacation retirement.
The Prime Minister’s father was the subject of harsh criticism this week for his flight to Greece, but expressed his innocence when he was spotted yesterday by journalists on the return from an afternoon swim in Pilion.
Conservative MEP Tory, 79, told local and international press: “There is no question of me breaking the law. The Minister of Tourism here has my papers.
Stanley Johnson laughed, claiming he had broken the lockdown rules by offering to wear his swimming trunks over his head after retiring from vacation
Prime Minister’s father (photo) was the subject of fierce criticism this week for his flight to Greece, but protested his innocence when he was spotted yesterday by journalists after a swim in the afternoon – midday at Pilion
Prime Minister’s father saw his phone on Thursday in a tavern in the village of Horto
Johnson declined to release details of conversations he had on his trip with his son, the Prime Minister, pictured yesterday
“It was always absolutely clear to the Greek government that the only thing they prohibited was people coming from direct flights from Britain. “
Johnson landed at Athens International Airport on Wednesday evening after flying via Bulgaria due to a current ban on direct flights from the United Kingdom, before visiting his villa Irene, on Mount Pelion, in central Greece.
According to local accounts, he arrived in the region in a private car after documenting his controversial trip from the United Kingdom on social media, sharing a video taken from an airplane and a selfie where his face was covered with a mask. White.
Hunted by local and international media in Pelion, visibly pissed off Johnson said he was unaware of the outcry in Britain over his theft.
However, he conceded photos of scrapping that he had published on social networks, retracing his journey.
“It is true that I took the photos,” he said. “But I didn’t put them in a spirit of challenge…. I certainly did not intend to provoke anyone.
He said he was visiting “essential business” because he had to “protect Covid my property” before the rental season.
Referring to his residence in Greece, Mr. Johnson told reporters: “I came here to have a quiet time, to organize the house.
“I think I’ll be going back there on July 10. So I only have one week to organize everything. You have lots of instructions on how to make the Covid place to the test.
He declined to release details of the conversations he had about his trip with his son, Boris Johnson.
“He’s absolutely right …” said Mr. Johnson, taking a long, awkward pause.
A view of Villa Irene which belongs to Stanley Johnson in the village of Horto, Mount Pelion, central Greece
Mr. Johnson landed at Athens International Airport on Wednesday evening after flying via Bulgaria due to an existing ban on direct flights from the United Kingdom
Hunted by local and international media in Pelion, a visibly pissed off Mr. Johnson said he was unaware of the outcry in Britain over his theft
According to some local accounts, he arrived in the region, in a private car, after documenting his controversial trip from the United Kingdom on social networks, sharing a video taken from an airplane and a selfie where his face was covered with a white mask
Johnson told reporters, “I’m not going to talk about private conversations between family members”
“I’m not going to talk about private conversations between family members.
“I’m not going to talk about it…. I will not say whether my actions are correct or not.
Greek authorities said his surprise visit was organized by “the highest levels of government in Athens”.
“As far as we are concerned,” said Michalis Mitzikos, the mayor of southern Pilio, “there is no violation to report and there is no way that the person in question would have set foot here without have received authorization from the competent health authorities and the highest ranks of government.
Senior government officials contacted by the Daily Mail have suggested that standard procedures for incoming travelers from the UK and Bulgaria are followed, including mandatory testing for the new coronavirus.
A senior government official said, “If something suspicious had happened, he (Johnson) would have been pulled from the line and placed in solitary confinement for at least seven days.
“No contact between Downing Street and Athens was required. “
Friday evening, when meeting the press, Johnson strongly called for a travel agreement between Greece and the United Kingdom.
“If I can say anything, let’s open this air valve as quickly as possible.
“I’m going to come back on the 10th but people are lining up to get here. This country has it all.
“How wonderful it would be if the governments on both sides agreed. “