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Downing Street Party-gate

Dla tych, którzy myślą, że tylko na naszej scenie politycznej dramat miesza się z komedią, krótka lekcja angielskiego, na podstawie dzisiejszego "headline newsa" z Anglii. Dla tych którzy nie lubią, żeby było za prosto, przygotowałem krótkie zadanko, polegające na uzupełnieniu luk podanymi wyrazami i wyrażeniami tak, żeby tekst trzymał się kupy i miał jakiś sens. Ci, którzy są zbyt niecierpliwi i chcą od razu przejść do meritum sprawy, zapraszam do Sekcji 2, gdzie od razu dowiesz się o czym dzisiaj trąbią brytyjskie media.

SECTION 1. Put in these words and phrases where they belong. You can check your answers in SECTION 2.


A. a by-election

B. "gaping" holes

C. had a political axe to grind

D. leaks

E. misled

F. a piss-up

G. unwarranted


The committee investigating whether Boris Johnson (1)............... MPs over lockdown parties published a report. It concludes that the former Prime Minister lied to the parliament about his knowledge and involvement in breaking social-distancing rules.

The report says Boris Johnson told the participants of the crowded event at 10 Downing Street in November 2020 that it was "probably the most unsocially distanced gathering in the UK". Also, one official told a colleague that worries about (2)............... regarding the "PM having (3)............... " were not (4)............... . The report also publishes messages exchanged between PM's aids struggling to fill (5 ............... in Johnson's story and new photographs from Downing Street lockdown parties.

The former Prime Minister claims the civil servant who conducted the inquiry (6) ............... . He also points out that the report contains "no evidence whatever that when I stood up in parliament I said anything which I did not believe - and therefore there is no contempt."

If the House of Commons approves the committee's verdict, Johnson might be suspended from the parliament for over a month, which could mean (7)............... .



SECTION 2. Here's the complete text with some explanations.


The committee investigating whether Boris Johnson (1) misled MPs over lockdown parties published a report. It concludes that the former Prime Minister lied to the parliament about his knowledge and involvement in breaking social-distancing rules.

The report says Boris Johnson told the participants of the crowded event at 10 Downing Street in November 2020 that it was "probably the most unsocially distanced gathering in the UK". Also, one official told a colleague that worries about (2) leaks regarding the "PM having (3) a piss-up" were not (4) unwarranted. The report also publishes messages exchanged between PM's aids struggling to fill (5) "gaping" holes in Johnson's story and new photographs from Downing Street lockdown parties.

The former Prime Minister claims the civil servant who conducted the inquiry (6) had a political axe to grind. He also points out that the report contains "no evidence whatever that when I stood up in parliament I said anything which I did not believe - and therefore there is no contempt."

If the House of Commons approves the committee's verdict, Johnson might be suspended from the parliament for over a month, which could mean (7) a by-election.


  1. "Mislead": To mislead someone is to give them false or inaccurate information that leads them to believe something that is untrue. PL: wprowadzić w błąd. For example, "The salesman misled me about the quality of the

  2. "A leak": A leak of information is the unauthorized release of confidential or secret information to the public. PL: przeciek. For example: "The government was embarrassed by the leak of classified information to the press."

  3. "A piss-up": This is a British slang term that refers to a party or gathering where people drink a lot of alcohol and become very drunk. PL: popijawa. For example: "The employees were supposed to be working, but instead, they were having a piss-up in the break room."

  4. "Unwarranted": If something is unwarranted, it is not justified or deserved. PL: nieuzasadnione. Someone may have accused another person of making unwarranted accusations or criticisms. For example: "The professor's criticism of the student's paper was unwarranted, as the student had followed all the guidelines."

  5. "Gaping holes": This phrase refers to significant and noticeable gaps or deficiencies in something. PL: ogromne dziury. Someone may have pointed out significant gaps or inconsistencies in an argument or explanation. For example: "The detective found gaping holes in the suspect's alibi."

  6. "Have a political axe to grind": If someone has a political axe to grind, they have a strong personal bias or motivation. PL: kierować się pobudkami czysto politycznymi. Someone may have accused another person of having a hidden agenda or bias related to a political issue. For example: "The journalist had a political axe to grind, which was clear from the biased way she reported on the election."

  7. "A by-election": A by-election is an election held to fill a vacant seat in parliament. PL: wybory uzupełniające. For example, "There will be a by-election to fill the seat left vacant by the retiring MP."

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