An aerial view of the property where the family is believed to be staying. / SUR

British PM blasted for Costa del Sol break while UK suffers energy crisis

Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and son Wilfred are reported to be staying at a luxury estate in Benahavís, near Marbella, which was also popular with Diana, Princess of Wales

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The tabloid press have blasted the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for taking a holiday on Spain's Costa del Sol while the country is mired in an energy crisis and lack of lorry drivers, causing some supply chain issues.

Johnson, his wife Carrie and son Wilfred are reported to be staying on a luxury estate in the municipality of Benahavís, near the glitz of Marbella.

The property is owned by an English company linked to the British royal family and Diana, Princess of Wales, also stayed there on some of the occasions when she visited Malaga province, according to SUR sources.

After the end of the Tory party conference last week the British Prime Minister has taken what first holiday outside the United Kingdom since the start of the pandemic some eighteen months ago. He has chosen the Costa del Sol as the destination, as thousands of British people do every year. According to sources, he arrived last Friday and is scheduled to stay for several days.

Criticism

However, his foreign holiday has provoked harsh criticism from the British press which, in their Sunday editions, criticised Boris Johnson for travelling to the Costa del Sol “while millions of Britons face an increase in energy bills and empty supermarket shelves,” said the tabloid Sunday Mirror.

The newspaper quoted a Westminster source saying: "It is fine for the prime minister to take a break, but it shows how out of touch he is with ordinary Brits who face bills, bills and even more bills."