Thursday , August 6 2020

Greece:- Stanley Johnson “The Greeks are trying to stop the mass arrivals from the United Kingdom, but they were very happy to see me coming.”

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, flew to his favourite destination, Pelion, yesterday – via Bulgaria – ignoring travel instructions amid a government pandemic.

Stanley Johnson was fired despite State Department instructions saying the British should not travel abroad unless there was a great need. The 79-year-old arrived in Athens last night to go to Pelion, where he has a home – which has been visited several times by his son, the British Prime Minister. In fact, Stanley Johnson was proud of his trip with posts on Instagram, which show his plane flying over Athens.


“They take the coronavirus very seriously here in Greece”




Boris Johnson’s father flew through the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, because the Greek government has banned direct flights from the United Kingdom until mid-July. Speaking on the balcony of his home in Pelion last night, Stanley Johnson said: “I’m in Pelion for work, trying to make my home covid-free in view of the upcoming tourist season. I have to take the necessary measures at the accommodation, because they take the virus very seriously here. The Greeks are trying to stop the mass arrivals from the United Kingdom, but they were very happy to see me coming. Everyone wanted to know where I came from and what I did. Then they measured my temperature. We need to import these flyovers as soon as possible. From what I have seen, the arrival of the British will not be a danger to the Greeks, because they are very careful here. ”


As for his residence in Pelion, his villa has a swimming pool and terraces overlooking the mountains and the sea. The beach is just a five-minute walk from an olive grove.

This is not the first time he has violated the instructions of experts.

However, this trip by Boris Johnson’s father shows that it is possible to travel through a third country to ignore the rules designed for the spread of coronavirus. This is not the first time he has acted against government advice on the pandemic.

Before the start of the lockdown, he claimed that he would continue to go to pubs, despite the fact that the elderly had to stay at home. As he stated: “Of course I will go to a pub if I want to. The owners of the pubs need a little people, they don’t want anyone to leave. ”

As Zakynthos Informer searched the comments on Mr Johnson’s instagram account, there are very justafiable remarks in regards to his trip. There were even some remarks by Greeks disappointed in his actions.


About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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  1. This is just disgusting that he thinks he can go to Greece when so many of us in the UK. Have had holidays cancelled!!

  2. Dave van de Gevel

    Well, what a surprise that the father of the British PM thinks he should be considered different. Oh, yes, his reason was for business purposes. So, that’s OK, then. In an interview with, I think, the BBC near his villa at Pelion, it was obvious that he’d either suffered sunstroke or had been over enthusiastic with the local hospitality. Stanley, you are a self-centred if you think your actions are justifiable on ‘business’ grounds.
    A friend of mine on Zakynthos lost his wife a few weeks ago. Could his sons fly to Greece for the funeral?
    No, of course not. We, ex-pats as well as the local Greeks, are doing our best to maintain a safe environment.
    There are many and varied costs to that, economic, social and emotional.
    Stanley, we care whereas you, apparently, don’t give a damn.

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