I am appalled because I can’t imagine allowing … I can’t imagine that being allowed in any government that I have served in, which is quite a few governments.
You can understand officials working together under great stress ... sometimes having a drink and sometimes relaxing together and you can understand that. However, this, the scale and regularity of what we’ve read about - it’s not something I can picture happening under David Cameron or John Major or Margaret Thatcher without them saying, ‘What the hell do you think you’re all doing? Get back to your desks and put away that drink.’
18 January 2022 – William Hague, Lord Hague of Richmond, former leader of the Conservative Party, Minister of State for Social Security, Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2015