Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown? Good

The hysteria over his trip to his parents' home is driven by nothing more than Remainer revenge.

Brendan O'Neill
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Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown? Good. Welcome to the sensible minority, Dom. According to a survey published a week ago, 29 per cent of Brits have busted out of the lockdown straitjacket and done things they shouldn’t have done. I salute these people. Sensibly and carefully bending the rules to visit one’s parents, read a novel on a beach or, in Neil Ferguson’s case, to shag one’s polyamorous lover are wonderful buds of human rebellion in this dystopia we find ourselves in. It isn’t Cummings who should be ashamed – it’s the shutdown Stalinists who are calling for his head because he dared to visit his folks.

Yes, this is the story that Boris Johnson’s top adviser, the bête noire of the metropolitan middle classes, the alleged Svengali of everything that has gone wrong in this country over the past five years, drove from London to Durham with his wife when they were both ill with coronavirus. Listening to the Cummingsphobic Remoaners in the chattering classes, you could be forgiven for thinking they did this in order to cough their germs all over every motorway and lane in the land. But in reality they did it because they needed assistance with childcare, which Mr Cummings’ parents provided while Cummings and his wife stayed in a separate property close by and had shopping left on their doorstep by family members.

That’s it. That’s the scandal. They self-isolated while ill and made use of some grandparenting help. Did Cummings commit a crime? Nope. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said one of the ‘reasonable excuses’ for leaving your home in the pandemic is to ‘move house’, if that move is for ‘days, not hours’. That’s what Cummings and his family did.

Is Cummings a hypocrite? Well, possibly. There is unquestionably an issue here of rules applying to one section of society (us lot) but not to another (the political class). If Cummings has been in favour of punishing people who elect to self-isolate in a property that isn’t their normal home, then he is a hypocrite. But we don’t know if he has been in favour of that. His argument (via a Downing Street spokesman, which is probably him!) is that he did what you’re meant to do when you have the virus: self-isolate. This is different to when Neil Ferguson, despite being a vocal promoter of the necessity of lockdown, explicitly broke the lockdown rules by mixing with someone from another household.

But – and this is a huge but – even Ferguson should not have been punished for his lockdown breaking. Everyone needs to relax about this stuff. There is something really misanthropic and authoritarian in the urge to get the scalps of people who have only done very human things, and usually in a sensible, cautious way (Ferguson said he felt safe to see his lover because he had already had the virus). As spiked argued, Ferguson should really be criticised for his models, which look increasingly questionable, not for his morals.

I feel the same way about Cummings’ alleged crime as I did about Stephen Kinnock’s visit to his parents’ house (I said the police were ‘completely out of control’ when they reprimanded Kinnock), and about Ferguson’s sexual antics (I said I had ‘sympathy for Neil Ferguson’ because he only did what ‘people around the country have done: visit lovers and friends’). Using the stern, often ridiculous rules of the lockdown to bring down people you don’t like for political reasons is a very low form of behaviour.

And make no mistake: that is exactly what is happening in the Cummings story. Or non-story. This completely uneventful drive from London to Durham is being blown entirely out of proportion by furious Remoaners who loathe Cummings because they view him as the Svengali of Brexit, as the Leave mastermind, as the man who shattered their comfortable little political worlds by making the case for our exit from the EU. In their elitist and occasionally even conspiracist minds, they see Cummings as the puppetmaster of the little people’s brains who hoodwinked us into voting against our own best interests.

In that 2016 referendum, for the first time in ages, the metropolitan middle classes didn’t get their way, and they’ve been on the edge of madness ever since. Their visceral hatred for Cummings is really an unspeakable fury with democracy itself and with the temerity of the vulgar masses to vote for something that they disapprove of.

This is what this Cummings lockdown story is about. It is another act of Remoaner Revenge. It’s the embittered cultural elites seeking a Brexit scalp. It is a political vendetta disguised as concern about the pandemic. As if the lockdown wasn’t bad enough, now we have people politicising it to settle old scores. It’s this shameful, political authoritarianism, not Cummings’ careful trip to the north, that is the really shocking thing here.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

Peter Gardner

30th May 2020 at 12:21 am

Brendan O’Neill is usually a model of good sense and rationality but he has lost his marbles. Perhaps there is a psychological effect of SARS-CoV-2 that needs clinical investigation: Coronavirus Derangement Syndrome.
He writes: “According to a survey published a week ago, 29 per cent of Brits have busted out of the lockdown straitjacket and done things they shouldn’t have done.”
He claims in numerous articles that the lockdown is pointless and unnecessary. Yet he never pauses to consider why it is apparently not working. Obviously, if a third of people ignore it, it will not be effective, doh! The logical conclusion would be to consider how to enforce it better.
Whatever the current situation is there is one experiment that could be performed to prove conclusively that that the lockdown was unnecessary and should not have been imposed. Lift all restrictions now and see what happens. It is a near certainty that infections and therefore deaths would rise dramatically.
What would Brendan O’Neill then say about a government that did that? On current performance he’d probably calling for lynch mobs to string up poor Boris and Dominic Cummings from the nearest lamp posts.

Jane Harry

29th May 2020 at 7:39 pm

Brendan, why are you so BLIND where DC is concerned, i can only conclude that it is brexiteer bias, covering for one of your own. I am 100% behind anyone flouting the absurd and tyrannical lockdown EXCEPT uniquely those who are responsible for creating it in the first place: and DC is one of those, and i’m not interested in any evidence that privately he was uncomfortable with it, to my mind that just makes him even more unprincipled and culpable, since it means that he chose to inflict something he knew was wrong on the british people in the interests of continuing to trouser his fat salary, and in the knowledge that he needn’t share in their suffering himself

Claire D

27th May 2020 at 9:10 am

With the benefit of more information and in response to my own comment below that Cummings does not “have a moral leg to stand on”, I think I was wrong. Cummings was morally right to put his family first by driving them up to Durham. He arrived about midnight so it’s perfectly possible that his son slept for the whole journey without needing to pee.
(The Barnard Castle trip is another matter.)

I also said that “abiding by the law” is a moral value, but that requires a proviso, sometimes the law is wrong, eg, under the Third Reich and parts of the UK’s Equality Act 2010. Morality is above our laws, it comes before them and should be the basis of them of course, but that is not always the case unfortunately.

Back to Dominic Cummings and the current the hiatus; it is to do with public perception of the incident as ‘unfair’ + political Brexit influenced spite. The first is understandable, the second must be recognised for what it is and separated from the first.

Vivian Darkbloom

28th May 2020 at 11:12 pm

Much respect for that comment, Claire. To understand that human affairs are messy and there are seldom clear-cut answers to complicated questions is a rare quality.

Claire D

29th May 2020 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Vivian, not sure about having any rare qualities though !

Not sure about how to create links either but this is interesting on morals today for anyone who is interested,

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2019-02-11-seven-moral-rules-found-all-around-world#

Claire D

29th May 2020 at 5:05 pm

Ooh, I’m seem to have done it by chance.

Vivian Darkbloom

29th May 2020 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Claire, that was a great read. Do you know Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind? He developed the field of moral psychology and that book helped me to understand, as the subtitle indicates, “Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion”.

Claire D

31st May 2020 at 2:57 pm

Yes I’ve read bits of it, I had it out of the library last year, it was good, useful.

AQNXIOUS COUPE

26th May 2020 at 9:29 am

lol more delusions from o neill , his pathetic ramblings and his little englander mentality has seriously damaged his brain

KATHLEEN CARR

26th May 2020 at 8:00 am

Part of the press anger seems to be that the Cumming’s family outwitted them. They did not know they had left London , because if they had they would have camped outside this farm and made everyone’s life a misery-they were denied this and so are not happy and are punishing him now. Probably the family travelled up during the night when traffic is light and their child could sleep on the journey. Whoever was supposed to watch their London home is not very bright-the car was gone and presumably no food was delivered.Possibly Dominic Cummings didn’t want his home broken into while he was absent , so didn’t inform anyone ? As his father phoned the Police and told them the situation at the time it seems rather strange ordering an investigation now-as its hardly crime of the century stuff.I am arresting you for smelling bluebells at Barnard Castle. As for hypocrisy, of course he is a hypocrite-he is a member of the elite-of course there is one rule for them and one for us-thats the way it is in every society in the world.

Walter Mitty

25th May 2020 at 6:06 pm

When this story broke I was completely indifferent with regards to the outcome – stay or go – I couldn’t care less.

Given the behaviour of the media and the Twitter mob I am 100% firmly behind the man, do not buckle and give them what they want. The mob couldn’t care less that he broke the rules in this way they only want blood by way of a resignation.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 9:59 pm

Who exactly are this evil twitter mob screaming for “blood”?

Walter Mitty

25th May 2020 at 11:18 pm

Pay attention.

Jonnie Henly

27th May 2020 at 12:30 am

I am. Answer the question.

Jane Harry

29th May 2020 at 7:46 pm

the media are of course disgusting, but even if not entirely for the right reasons, this time they are 100% right. in the interests of democracy, freedom and the rule of law this man must go. and more should follow him.

Mike Coops

25th May 2020 at 5:48 pm

The way in which the press and media have dealt with this is a total disgrace…I don’t expect they’ll be apologetic for printing lies…you know who you are hypocrites…and the scum should stop harassing parents with a 4 year old.

Christopher Tookey

25th May 2020 at 5:34 pm

I live immediately opposite Dom and Mary In Islington, and I had to call the police just before the lockdown when I heard drunken idiots threatening them at night. (I’m pretty sure Mary called them too.) One of the more printable things I heard was “Come on out, you Machiavellian bastard!” Machiavellian is quite a long word, if you’re drunk, so I remember that with clarity. The police did come, and warned the people responsible (or rather irresponsible).

More recently, some of the more misinformed neighbours (who have read false stories in the media) have been shouting abuse at them in the daytime. Not very neighbourly, in my opinion.

I wouldn’t blame Mary and Dom for wanting to get away to Durham when illness struck. Mary and Dom do live in exceptional circumstances because of Dom’s job, which means that they and their child are subject to enormous pressures and unwarranted hatred. I was impressed that Dom didn’t make more of this in his press conference. I thought he handled some remarkably aggressive and unfair questions with masterful restraint. I’d have done the same as him in the circumstances he found himself.

Glenn Bell

25th May 2020 at 5:47 pm

The left wing media have been after Cummings from the moment he became the PMs advisor, theyre terrified of him especially after he helped get Brexit across the line and the 2019 Tory GE landslide win. They think by throwing enough shit some will stick, this is not responsible, land mark journalism, its muck raking revenge. The media in UK, most of which is left wing, are on a mission to bring down the elected government, they do not deserve to be called a Free Press when its clear they are politically motivated.

Ann Ceely

26th May 2020 at 2:34 pm

Agreed

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 1:09 pm

Like Ferguson Cummings broke the rules he was partly responsible for making. I don’t think he has a moral leg to stand on.
The trouble for Labour and anti-Brexiteers is that their previous less rational attacks on Cummings after the GE, and early Covid 19, undermine their current demands for his resignation. They ‘cried wolf’ then and that causes a general element of doubt now as to whether Cummings should go or not.
If anything I think Brexiteers should be the most angry with Cummings’ behaviour, he may not be an MP but he is a politician and is responsible to his political masters. By not apologising and resigning swiftly Cummings has forced Johnson to either sack him or compromise himself. Johnson has chosen the latter. It’s not a good look for a leader.

Gordon De Gopher

25th May 2020 at 1:51 pm

Cummings broke lockdown but he was poorly and was going to see his Mum – take away the ‘evil brexiteer’ persona he’s been given and it’s actually quite forgivable. Ferguson broke lockdown because he was humping his mistress. It’s not comparable.

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 3:02 pm

Gordon,
Sorry, but No, it IS comparable. Cummings is 48, he is not a university student (though he dresses like one, how cool is he ?). The point is not that lust is a sin and needing your parents to babysit is’nt, but breaking the rules that you personally have been involved with making, is. All human failings are forgivable, it most definitely is not my contention that neither Ferguson or Cummings should not be forgiven, that would be outrageous of me. The point is they were both involved in making the lockdown rules, almost every other British citizen has kept to those rules, often at great personal sacrifice, Ferguson and Cummings did not, that is where the moral obliquity lies.
They are responsible public figures, at the very least they should stick to rules of their own making, if they are not prepared to do that they should step down from public office.

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 3:24 pm

That should be moral *obloquy*.

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 3:53 pm

On a purely human level I sympathise with Cummings’ desire to get his family to a place of safety at such a time, but that’s the problem with public office, especially at such a high level, you have responsibilities that will sometimes clash and there will be a price to pay depending on the choice you make.

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 6:17 pm

After seeing the second half of Cummings’ News Special : that was brave, I wish him well.

Jane Harry

29th May 2020 at 7:50 pm

OMG, this is beyond belief. so now somehow we are judging our fellow citizens according to whether they were humping their mistress, or being the caring family man? W>>>T>>>>>F>>>>> I for one couldn’t give a rats a*** whether DC was out cottaging in a public toilet, or on the contrary dashing out to save an entire orphanage from burning to death in a fire…IT – IS- IRRELEVANT. what is relevant is that he and his gang of bandits have locked up you and me, would have slapped a criminal record on you or me for doing what he did, yet clearly regards himself as above the law WHICH HE IMPOSED… FFS

Mike Coops

25th May 2020 at 10:35 pm

Claire I take my hat off to you..

Vivian Darkbloom

26th May 2020 at 12:03 am

Claire: I don’t think any of us can claim with certainty that Cummings is the author of the “lockdown” rule. Actually it’s quite unclear what exactly is his overall role. Aide to the PM, responsible for reorganising the structures of the Cabinet Office and the Civil Service, wibble wobble. But what does he actually do?

I watched the press conference and was deeply disappointed; not by Cummings, for whom I actually felt some sympathy after listening closely to his narrative, but by the mainstream media. The questions they all asked were more-or-less the same; trying to find small inconsistencies in the story as if it were an episode of Death in Paradise and they were the upright detective seeking the murderer, coupled with righteous demands that he should resign, as if that would make any difference to the forward march of fascism to which we are being subjected.

I’m just an idiot. Let me explain myself: “idiot is etymologically derived from the Attic Greek word which literally means “a private person,” or “a person who does not take part in the affairs of the polis.” It is derived from a word meaning “of one’s own,” which is also the root of our English word idiosyncratic. Idiot originally had no bearing on how intelligent the person it was being used to refer to was. It merely indicated that the person did not take part in public affairs.” [Source: Tales of Times Forgotten blog, edited]. I’m a proud idiot.

OK. Here are four questions this particular idiot would like to have asked Mr Cummings.

1/ What exactly is your role within the government?

2/ There have been reports that you visited the GlaxoSmithKline facility in Castle Barnard, where, allegedly, a Coronovirus vaccine is under development in partnership with Sanofi. Is this true or a mere canard?

2/ How involved are you in the Coronavirus strategy? Were you a part of the decision to introduce the “lockdown” strategy? This is a term used in prisons in the USA, so are we prisoners? If you were responsible for “lockdown”, even partly, you need to defend it. Why were you trying to scare the hell out of people for a virus which was known at the beginning of its progress to be little-more dangerous than regular seasonal flu? Is “lockdown” actually bullshit? Is it cover for a reorganisation of government institutions, or even more sinister, society?

4/ If “lockdown” means that thousands of people who wouldn’t have died in ordinary circumstances have died or been damaged because of these policies which you formulated; heart attacks, untreated cancers, suicides, operations deferred, businesses ruined, immiseration, economic collapse, bankruptcy, at al… then shouldn’t there be some reckoning? If more people have died because of the “lockdown” then who is responsible?

So, as an idiot, if someone bears prime responsibility for the “lockdown”, then they deserve “lockdown” themselves. I think 10 to 20 years would be salutary if Mr Cummins is found guilty for bamboozling the public, likewise all politicians and media which supported the disastrous policy of “lockdown”. The prisons would be full, but there you go. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Otherwise, for a drive to County Durham, he’s clear. Plenty of us have done it; 29% have knowingly broken the “lockdown” according to a recent poll.

Apportion blame to where blame is due under due process and not under a tendentious media witch-hunt. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. “Lockdown” is the most outrageous act committed against the British people since… oh, I don’t know. The First World War? The Black Act of 1723? There’re so many to choose from

Jerry Owen

26th May 2020 at 8:56 am

Claire D
‘Morals’ are subjective so that doesn’t wash.
Cummings had an ill wife and son an autistic four year old. His home is under attack by leftist thugs and the most disgraceful media attention paying zero attention to safe distancing. He himself was busy at No 10 so was unable to give them the support they needed.
Cummings a very busy man decided within the law to move his ill family to a cottage at his parents farm. He did not visit his parents.
You surprise me with your continued attacks on what is essentially a trivial story.
The more I read the more i support his actions, no self respecting man could do anything else.

Pomo Negative

26th May 2020 at 1:50 pm

‘Morals are subjective’ — do you know something I don’t? It’s a philosophical debate that’s been going on for thousands of years. If you can assert that with such confidence you must be an absolute genius, the likes of which the world has never seen! Wow, I’m awestruck.

Claire D

26th May 2020 at 2:00 pm

Jerry,
the morality I am talking about is an objective set of values which I think you and I probably share; abiding by the law, being honest, loyal, fair and just.
I don’t really want to argue any more about Cummings, I think my consecutive comments above show my thoughts, which I think are reasonable.
I agree with you absolutely that the media’s treatment of Cummings is ap palling, but they always do that, as long as there are punters willing to pay for stories and pictures, they always will.

Jerry Owen

27th May 2020 at 7:16 am

Pomo
People have different moral standards…is that so hard to grasp?

Jeremy Bonington-Jagworth

28th May 2020 at 8:39 pm

Pomo, if morals are not subjective how can it have been debated for thousands of years.

Surely if they are objective it would be settled philosophy long ago?!

Jane Harry

29th May 2020 at 8:40 pm

BUT – HE -‘MADE THOSE LAWS’ – IE, IMPOSED THAT ABSURD AND DISGRACEFUL TYRANNY, ON WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECTLY CONTENT TO SEE YOU AND ME GO DOWN

Jane Harry

29th May 2020 at 8:48 pm

What tosh! How are morals subjective? You mean he makes it up as he goes along to suit himself and his agenda? Well that sounds about right. Yes, Cummings is a very busy man, wrecking an economy and a civilisation – can’t expect him to find the time to care for his own family.

Pomo Negative

26th May 2020 at 2:14 pm

Both the media and Brexit-blind commenters here seem to be overlooking the rule that if one person in a family has symptoms of coronavirus then they should be self-isolating for 14 days. So he instantly broke that rule by driving up to Durham.

Cummings himself admitted that he had argued for the lockdown, plus it was disclosed a few weeks ago that he may have been influential in the shift from the herd immunity strategy to lockdown. Personally, I’ve always opposed the lockdown and in other circumstances would praise people for not kowtowing to this purposeless authoritarian nightmare. But Cummings was doing this at a time when people were being stopped by police for sitting on park benches (he did something similar, sat by a river) because it isn’t classed as exercise, another breach of his own rules.

It was only a month ago that O’Neill was criticising Catherine Calderwood and Ferguson for doing the same, but Cummings gets a free pass. As long as the authority figure in question is pro-Brexit, it’s ok! Well it isn’t ok. This isn’t the standards of integrity we should expect from those involved in running the country, and regardless of their political beliefs, they should resign and be sacked.

The reality is, this has nothing to do with Brexit. I, and many of my friends, voted for Brexit and we think Cummings should go. Yes, the MSM has behaved appallingly throughout the entire crisis but even a stopped clock is right twice a day, regardless of their motive for wanting rid of Cummings. If people are unable to stop seeing things through pro and anti-Brexit spectacles, then that is very sad and it’s just another stupid identity politics game that O’Neill and readers of this magazine are supposed to be against — but only when it forwards their argument.

Ann Ceely

26th May 2020 at 2:36 pm

I don’t believehe broke the rules at all. He kept his social distance, took his 4-year-old son to where he would be protected and safe if both parents became incapacitated.

That’s within the rules.

Jerry Owen

25th May 2020 at 11:54 am

Little Jonnie
You’ve given us your views on Cummins, can you now give us your views on Cummings?
Lol!

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:12 pm

Hey Jerry, are you still trying to keep up the lie about me hiding me hind a fake name? Because you’re too stupid to work out what Jonnie is short for?

Lol.

John Hanley

25th May 2020 at 10:16 am

“Is Cummings a hypocrite? Well, possibly”.

No actually he is, and that’s his ‘crime’.

Highland Fleet Lute

25th May 2020 at 6:51 am

From today’s Guardian….

“The worst possible course would be for the government to seek to assuage anger or divert attention by announcing or floating a premature relaxation of lockdown rules.”

Absolutely disgusting. So the so-called left are using the Cummings incident to push for MORE lockdown.

Gordon De Gopher

25th May 2020 at 2:17 am

I’m convinced now that Alastair Campbell is ‘secretly’ in love with Dominic Cummings. It’s like little kids when little girl a keeps saying how much she hates little boy b when everyone actually knows she loves him and is trying to put her friends of the scent. Every time I put on 5 Live there’s little girl Campbell laying into little boy Cummings. It’s so obvious now – Campbell’s got a man crush.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

25th May 2020 at 12:02 am

Vivian Darkbloom

24th May 2020 at 10:05 pm

Certain questions need to be asked and certain underlying realities examined. This has nothing to do with the right or wrong of what Cummings did. That would be like drinking the gravy but leaving the meat in the stew.

1/ Why has this story broken now when it is nearly two months old? Who pushed it into the media arena and who benefits? I believe it’s part of an internal struggle between factions of the government and the civil service. It is clear that Sir Mark Sedwill is antagonistic towards the forward motion of the Brexit process. He is an arch-remainer and the most powerful unelected official in the institutions of the state. Forget Cummings; Sedwill is the man with the power and the plan. What plan? To overturn Brexit. Who is Mark Sedwill? He’s Head of the Civil service. Fine, but what else? This is where it becomes disturbing. He is in charge of surveillance (GCHQ), Internal Security (MI5), Overseas Intelligence (MI6 and Special Branch), and Germ Warfare (Biosecurity). In addition, he controls the entire information flow to the FCO (diplomacy), the Cabinet (Political Executive) and the Rapid Response Unit (77th Brigade, formed in 2015 – with Sedwill’s close involvement – to deal with large-scale emergencies). [Source: John Ward in The Slog].

2/ Who is in charge of the coronavirus strategy? “There are two main areas of scientific ‘expertise’ which the Johnson régime relies upon to decide how it will deal with the Covid–19 ‘pandemic’. The first is the team at Imperial College led by [the now disgraced] Neil Ferguson, which claims to be able to use its computer models to forecast the spread and impact of the disease. The second is the army of behavioural ‘scientists’ who have been ‘nudging’ us at every opportunity into making decisions which favour the preferred options set by global policy makers.” [Source: UK Column] Of course Johnson is the PM and leader of his party but is he actually in charge of the whole operation set up to deal with this crisis?

Dr David Halpern is a British civil servant, heading the Behavioural Insights Team (unofficially known as the Nudge Unit) spun out from the Cabinet Office and since 2013, as a partially privatised venture. He is overseeing the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom as part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, focusing on behavioural changes such as increased handwashing […and brainwashing?]. On 11 March 2020 he was responsible for introducing the idea of herd immunity into UK policy decisions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic during a broadcast shown by the BBC. [Source: Wikipedia]

Then there is the Cointelpro aspect. On April 22 the head of the British Army, General Sir Nick Carter, said: “We’ve been involved with the Cabinet Office Rapid Response Unit, with our 77th Brigade helping to quash rumours from misinformation, but also to counter disinformation. Between three and four thousand of our people have been involved, with around twenty thousand available the whole time at high readiness.” Are 77th Brigade all over the internet? Are they countering what they consider to be “false” information?

I’m not an insider in any sense and don’t speak with that authority but I can read and research for myself. I don’t think Dominic Cummings is part of this nexus. He showed his cleverness by directing and winning elections, especially in 2016. I think he is important in the sense that he advises Boris Johnson, who needs him to counter the Mark Sedwill group who are firmly anti-Brexit and are working to sabotage the Leavers in the government who hate Cummings and want him gone. I suspect the assumption is that BJ will be left floundering as he is seen as a hollow reed blowing whichever way the power structure blows.

3/ Has the Murdoch empire turned against Johnson? “Rupert Murdoch perhaps doesn’t support Boris Johnson as Prime Minister” claimed Maajid Nawaz. Who really knows? But it may play into recent events.

4/ And then there is Cummings’ actions. Whether or not this is intended, the PM’s advisor appears to have treated government Corona advice with insouciance (as had Ferguson and Catherine Calderwood) which sends a message that the lockdown is not serious. If they can break the rules, why can’t we if they are indeed flexible and open to interpretation? This may be a plan to encourage lockdown breakers who can then take some of the blame off the government or encourage snitching thus turning the public against each other.

5/ So is this classic bait-and-switch? Is it being used to cover some other manoeuvre? We have a barbaric and moronic mainstream media who would rather chase a sexy story which means very little in the great scheme of things but draws in an audience to increase ratings. The paparazzi surrounding Cummings this morning reminded me of the Princess Diana scrums in the 1990s. Anyone else noticed they were not observing the social distancing “rules”? Nor were they wearing masks or gloves, at least as far as I could see. Are these only for hoi polloi and not the self-appointed special ones of the press corps.

6/ Then there’s the financial aspect. John Ward talks with much more eloquence and knowledge than I can muster in his latest post on The Slog: https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/fascist-bureaucracy-versus-elected-incompetence-does-the-covid19-cloud-have-a-silver-lining/

So many questions. Getting rid of Cummings would do nothing for the people of this country, especially those who expect Brexit to be delivered. There appears to be a battle amongst the various groupings in the government and civil service but it would be outrageous if the Remain side prevailed against the wishes of the voters. Following from this, it would be advantageous if the unelected Sir Mark Sedwill’s name and aims entered into public consciousness. As I said, he is one of the most powerful figures in the nexus and this fact needs wider exposure. What is he up to? Is the MSM brave enough and independent enough to investigate his actions and the extent of his influence?

C’mon Spiked. You’re part of the resistance, we hope. Drop a properly-researched article on Sedwill. Courage mes amis! Now don’t ye be frit.

Claire D

25th May 2020 at 8:55 am

Interesting comment Vivian, thanks for that.

Dean Bryce

24th May 2020 at 8:56 pm

This is just about remainers and lefties getting revenge

Al Taj

24th May 2020 at 10:29 pm

Although spiked and Bon are normally spot on, I disagree with this piece.
Cummings flouted his govt’s own rules. The fact he has the privilege of an excuse (makes it even more surprising that spiked is backing him. Plus note the difference in tone versus piece against Ferguson. Both are t*ats, why the blatant inconsistency?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:23 pm

No it isn’t. I wanted Ferguson and Calderwood out when I learnt of their hypocrisy. I want Cummings out for the same reason.

Jolly Roger

25th May 2020 at 1:47 am

Nobody cares what you want gob sh*te.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 8:51 pm

Cummings lives in Islington! LOL It seems he’s an even bigger hypocrite than we thought. I find that more offensive than his repeated pleasure trips to Durham. He thinks he’s not liberal elite when he was privately educated, went to Oxford and is a Tory LOL. What a tool!

Tim Wheeler

24th May 2020 at 7:59 pm

It’s not REALLY about lockdown is it? The woke BBC/Guardian brigade and CBI business establishment hate Dominic Cummings with a passion and have been flinging insults, smears and every form of attack at him ever since the Brexit Vote. This is just another of an endless series of attempts to cancel him by the miserable, anti-citizen-democracy, holiday homes in Tuscany, corporate elites.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 8:07 pm

Spot on.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 8:52 pm

No it isn’t, Tim, you tool. Calderwood and Ferguson resigned for their infringements. This is nothing to do with Brexit and everything to do with these sneering elitists who think they are above the law!

Jolly Roger

25th May 2020 at 1:51 am

Yep, but it was Ferguson who insisted on the geat lock up, suported by his mangled ‘model’ and half a million death toll when the viru had already peaked in the UK…This tool of a professor has blood on his hands. Not only that, he niped out for a shag, not to ensure that his child was safe with grandparents.
And enough of the foney honesty, you’re one of the most nauseatingly fake people on here.

Gordon De Gopher

25th May 2020 at 2:23 am

Right so when you’ve got massively anti-Brexit Alastair Campbell on fairly anti-Brexit radio 5 Live several time a day laying into massively pro-Brexit Dominic Cummings that’s nothing to do with Brexit is it?

Gordon De Gopher

25th May 2020 at 2:42 am

Also it wasn’t just that they broke lockdown. Calderwood was going to her posh second home and Ferguson was nobbing some woman – hardly behaviour that’ll help your popularity. Cummings was going to see Mummy because he felt poorly – plenty of people would be ok with that. The ones that are being vocal are remoaners.

This is definitely about Brexit and if you say it isn’t then you’re bare racist and stuff.

Simon Flynn

27th May 2020 at 8:07 pm

It seems that ‘tool’ is your word of the moment.
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I’m pretty sure that you do not need any further help in displaying your complete ignorance, but it does rather seem that you simply cannot help yourself.
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Fool. Stool. T, t, t, t, tool.
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Jason Bamford

24th May 2020 at 7:22 pm

‘I feel the same way about Cummings’ alleged crime as I did about Stephen Kinnock’s visit to his parents’ house (I said the police were ‘completely out of control’ when they reprimanded Kinnock), and about Ferguson’s sexual antics (I said I had ‘sympathy for Neil Ferguson’ because he only did what ‘people around the country have done: visit lovers and friends’).’

So you defend members of the elite, both left OR right wing. Bully for you.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:26 pm

Both Cummings and Kinnock are hypocrites.

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 6:33 pm

I remember thinking at the time, Brendan’s “The establishment is defeated!!!” interview was a little bit previous.

If Cummings survives this, expect plan B, C and D somewhere down the line.

Of course, some people have speculated that the pantomime-demic is the plan B, constructed for the purposes of 1) Shuttiing down Les Gilets Jaunes, 2) Preventing Brexit, 3) Halting an inevitable sovereignty domino effect throughout Europe as a result of Brexit, and a lot of likely 4, 5, and 6’s after that.

Somewhere someone is likely playing all this stuff out in a smoke-free war room on a huge table covered in green felt and different covered flags on pins.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 6:14 pm

One can only imagine the kompromat that Cummings must have on Boris for this to happen!

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 6:10 pm

That’s it. I will no longer obey the stupid lockdown. I’m going to start visiting friends and using public transport, including for longer trips.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 6:58 pm

ZP
Golly gosh, how amazingly brave!

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 7:21 pm

Your use of the old-fashioned word ‘gosh’ is very gammony!

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 8:10 pm

ZP
There is no such word as ‘gammony’… Dear old ZP the gift that just keeps giving.
Good luck with your driving test!

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 8:46 pm

Sorry, I couldn’t hear any of that.

Can you pull your dog muzzle down and repeat, please?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 8:53 pm

F**k off, grandpa. LOL

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 9:25 pm

H F Lute
Scratch a little bit and she explodes .. it’s so funny!

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 9:53 pm

A gerontophile!

What do you do for an encore?

Vivian Darkbloom

24th May 2020 at 10:50 pm

I don’t usually respond to your comments madam but the ‘gammon’ racist thing doesn’t advance your argument one inch. It’s great that Spiked, as a free speech site, allows racist comments because we can judge for ourselves how serious are the commentators.

I’m going to try out some funny terms for non-gammonish Brexit voters. A dark-skinned person who voted for Brexit = Blackgammon. A Hindu who voted for Brexit = Beef Steak. A Muslim who voted for Brexit = Hamburger. A woman who voted for Brexit = Bacon Kebab. Hilarious eh?With this level of discourse how the hell did Remain lose the vote?

ian howard

24th May 2020 at 5:34 pm

So super happy Boris stuck up for him maybe it will make people believe in breaking l/down now :))))

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:25 pm

Unlike Dom, the police will not mind fining them

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 8:55 pm

If Boris doesn’t care whether people ignore the lockdown then why does he continue to support it?

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 5:12 pm

This lockdown has perverted the whole of life.

To all you yellow-bellied idiots that have gone along with it – thank you for your contribution.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 5:38 pm

I make you right !

Walter Mitty

24th May 2020 at 5:05 pm

Personally I couldn’t care less about Cummings but Led By Donkeys are among the most annoying self-righteous people imaginable.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 6:10 pm

Are you leading the kind of existence your name suggests?

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:41 pm

I like them for the sort of people they wind up – hypocritical losers with thin skins

Walter Mitty

24th May 2020 at 6:56 pm

Toffs spending ridiculous sums of money, which will undoubtably line the pockets of their advertising elite chums, to push mostly out of context propaganda doesn’t impress me even if they think are targeting the powerful. Led By Donkeys lie just as much as the people they target so they kind of complete a circle of hypocrisy.

Stef Steer

24th May 2020 at 4:10 pm

All the papers saying Cummings on the brink. Thing is if Boris sacks Cummings its a signal that says maybe we take back control from the EU but basically give it to the remain establishment. Even with Baker on board for personal reasons.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:43 pm

What on earth has it to do with brexit? Cummings broke the law that he had a hand in framing. That’s a resigning matter, whether you support or oppose brexit.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 7:00 pm

He broke no law.

Gordon De Gopher

24th May 2020 at 2:57 pm

This hasn’t been reported yet but apparently on April 1st shortly after driving to Durham, Cummings was spotted running round Durham cathedral naked giving cleaners, godly staff and visitors unsolicited hugs and kisses. You know damn well number 10 are going to try and dress this up as some kind of fever induced delirium but really he’s just a naughty naughty boy who needs a good telling off and reporting to the #metoo police.

jessica christon

24th May 2020 at 2:51 pm

How about a trade off; keep Cummins, but downgrade all lockdown laws to ‘advice’, which neither enforceable nor punishable by law, along with a warning to police officers that they will face disciplinary or sacking if they undertake any enforcement activity.

The point is that it has to be the law for everyone or no one.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:46 pm

So you are seeking to use Cummings’s criminality as a lever to get rid of laws you don’t agree with. That’s not usually the approach we take with law breaking

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 8:14 pm

There was no criminality.

jessica christon

24th May 2020 at 8:25 pm

You’re dead right I disagree with the lockdown laws, but if we have them, they should also apply to government advisers equally as the general public. If it’s alright for him then there’s no justification for keeping it in place for the rest of us; we all have family situations to deal with, not just entitled elites.

Jill W

24th May 2020 at 2:27 pm

Neither privileged nor any other kind of elitism should be overlooked but I would not have gone as far as the high profile three resigning. For consistency, I believe Cummings should go.
Didn’t take long into this latest reveal before those wishing to leave the EU should be encouraged to ponder the grave error of succumbing to the, apparent, influence of Cummings and Johnson. There was I thinking it was Aaron Banks, blue passports, a fishing boat flotilla, red faced middle- aged white men in post office queues and straight (or is it curved) bananas – sometimes I forget my script.
Meanwhile, for those who enjoy mixing it up, I remain happy to be a Brexiteer, with or without Cummings.

Jill W

24th May 2020 at 3:01 pm

oops – oxford comma or *disputes over straight bananas* might be better

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 6:16 pm

I hope you enjoy the economic clusterf**k your country is about to become because of the Tory government’s inept handling of coronavirus.

Reece Ondview

24th May 2020 at 1:35 pm

Brendan, I can’t agree more. It’s just a wave of hysteria whipped up by vengeful Guardianista Remoaners like…er, Steve Baker ex Chair of the ERG and Piers Morgan ?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:24 pm

Nothing of the sort. Ferguson and Calderwood were made to resign after their hypocritical contravention of their own lockdown advice and Cummings should do the honourable thing and fall on his sword.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:24 pm

A bigger story of course is the fact that China will not allow foreign scientists from the international community to go and investigate the virus to see where it originated and why.
China is still in total denial that it even originated in their country.
Australia is calling for a public inquiry into China and the response from China is to threaten a trade war, not only that, but a CCP government stooge referred to Australia as ‘a bit of chewing gum stuck on ones shoe and that it needs to be scraped off ‘ … But if people are more obsessed about Cummings driving a few hundred miles to get care for his children so be it!

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:27 pm

*international inquiry*

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 2:02 pm

I doubt if the Americans will allow foreign scientists from the international community to go and investigate Fort Detrick either.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:19 pm

You should be far more worried about this story than the Cummings episode:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8351505/Mosques-Britain-sound-call-prayer-loudspeakers.html

There is no end to the vile hypocrisy and dhimmitude of our supine ‘leaders’. The local councils, because of their atheism and cowardice, are increasingly in thrall to the dictates of the aggressive advocates of the ROP. Utterly disgusting — and you Brits let it happen. You should be expelling the Islamics, not letting them take over your country.

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 1:33 pm

That belongs on another thread.

You’re a victim of your own obsessions and fast becoming nothing more than a public nuisance because of it.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:47 pm

ZP
I see yet again (as you regularly confirm) you haven’t read the article above by Brendan.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:03 pm

I see that eight back bench Tory MPs are demanding ( with ‘outrage’ of course ..that favourite media phrase) that Cummings should go… Just eight. It’s not even a story.
As Douglas Murray says on ‘triggernometry’ (YT) the discussions and backbiting over this pandemic are so bad and trivial that the real discussion isn’t being had in that how do we deal with China, how do we pay for all of this? How do we deal with the 23% of the population that want to remain curtain twitchers for all eternity and not go back to work?
Cummings is a target of people that want rid of him for reasons nothing to do with virus. At least they should be honest and admit that their ‘remoanerism’ is their prime reason, the man beat them and that has driven them mad, quite literally mad.
If it weren’t the fact that these people and our trivial pathetic media have driven political discourse into the dirt, it would be funny, but that stage has sadly gone.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:22 pm

No, Cummings broke his own government’s clear injunctions. Calderwood and Ferguson both rightly resigned. For Cummings not to do so would be an act of gross hypocrisy. Cummings is British Establishment through and through (privately educated, Oxbridge and lives in London), which means he can pretty much get away with murder. Brexit is irrelevant to this — it’s just a smokescreen created by ideologues like Jerry who think the rules don’t apply to them.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:48 pm

ZP
All of your points are dealt with by Brendan… Read the article then you won’t come across as such a tedious bore.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:10 pm

Lol, Brendan doesn’t deal with any of those points. He skirted around them, just like you do every time you get called out on your BS Jerry.

Jim Lawrie

24th May 2020 at 12:29 pm

Cummings and his supporters in cabinet have made the fatal mistake of justifying his actions as protecting his wife and children. When a man hides behind women and children, he will be flushed out by contempt.

Darth Saddius

24th May 2020 at 11:57 am

I see the Remoaner Elite (Copyright B. O’Neill) are really coming out of the woodwork demanding that Cummings resign including those fanatical arch-remainers Peter Bone and Steve Baker….er….er….shome mishtake shurely?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:26 am

True to form, BON sides with the Establishment against the people.

KATHLEEN CARR

24th May 2020 at 11:14 am

Peter Mandleson, who was said to be the architect of New Labour, kept being sacked every five minutes and kept bouncing back. As Dominic Cummings is media savvy he could resign but do it in such a way to turn it to his advantage . This story was delayed so it could take up the bank holiday weekend-it is obviously a political hit trying to stop June Brexit deadline-but Sir Keir Starmer has said he will not campaign to remain in EU , so maybe political agenda has changed anyway.

Matthew Meehan

24th May 2020 at 11:03 am

No Brendan it’s not because I supported remain. It’s because my family followed the rules like so many others and made sacrifices and we see this man breaking the rules and the government defend him. If it had been Keir Starmer or his advisers Boris would be calling for his head. You cannot have 1 rule for us and another for them. I thought you of all people would be aware of that. You disagreed with the lockdown, that is fine but you can’t defend a situation where the government comes down hard on one group and defends someone who does the same thing.

ian howard

24th May 2020 at 10:59 am

I find it amazing that the 70yr old chemistry teacher wrote down his (DCs) car reg because the person he saw looked like him ,then went home and checked the registration number and found out it was DCs strange when i try to find out that same information for my own car I CANT!!!!!! (not entirely true you can but it will take time also if said teacher was so concerned why not report it at the time? smells like a remoaner lockdownlover plot to me…..

Darth Saddius

24th May 2020 at 11:59 am

No, it smells of a smug, arrogant hypocrite being caught with his metaphorical bags round his ankles.

Mike Smith

24th May 2020 at 12:35 pm

You have to apply to the DVLA and pay a small fee to get registered owners details ,but you have to have a valid reason . Government organisations can shield certain registrations as well , and I wouldn’t mind betting that Cummins reg would have been shielded. I doubt whether the DVLA would release his data either -no valid reason to .So the likely story is this was a team of left wing activists working together one obtained his registration and they waited for an opportunity to arise , so realising he hand been in Durham area they cobbled together this story . The left have a lot of form for this —— remember nonce finder general Tom Watson.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 4:39 pm

Either Cummings was there or he wasn’t. If he was it does not matter whether “left wing activists” or druids making black magic incantations were able to verify it. More likely any competent news desk could have verified the number. Then you have to confront the facts that a member of the SAGE committee and a senior figure in the government’s covid response, Cummings was egregiously breaching the guidelines he has a hand in setting. That is a resigning matter.

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 1:38 pm

Cummings is guaranteed to be under 24 hour surveillance.

This story is in the grand tradition of timely leaks and is most likely Brexit-related.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 4:33 pm

Or alternatively he wrote down the number and then called the media who would have been able to verify it was Cummings number, as no doubt media organisations keep tabs on the car numbers of people in the public eye.

In2 Minds

24th May 2020 at 10:42 am

Having a go at Cummings is simply an attempt at deflection. The public think that the bad decisions on the lockdown, 5G and HS2 have been made by the PM. Getting rid of Cummings changes nothing.

Christopher Tyson

24th May 2020 at 10:27 am

This alleged lockdown breach happened at the end of March apparently, but has only just been made public. If there was pressure on journalists to keep the story quiet, or some kind of collusion, that is an issue. It is also an issue if people in power believe that the usual rules don’t apply to them. There are dangers if this becomes a habit and we can see corrupt practices usually in other people’s governments.
That said Cummings should not go on the basis of this. In any case Cummings’ schtick is the ‘maverick genius’, see the headline ‘maverick genius breaks rules’. We might not like it, it might not be fair, but some people are given licence, we see it in sport where the indiscretions of ‘star’ players are treated with understanding, others are expendable. Isn’t that why we all fantasize about being rock stars? Or is that just me?
The role of special advisers has been much debated, who are they accountable to etc? They are like freelancers, paid by the state, but not state employees. Cummings can walk at anytime, he gets results, and is able to negotiate his own terms.
It seems calculating, releasing the story at a time when the public mood seems to be moving away from the lockdown measures. Nonetheless Cummings is too important to the government to be removed as a symbolic gesture (as part of a team Ferguson could be easily replaced and could continue with his day job). People who want to undermine Cummings and weaken the government need something more substantial than this.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 4:58 pm

Thousands of ordinary people have been fined for lockdown violations. Of course it is important that special advisers are also held to the laws the ordinary person must obey, whether they be self styled geniuses or narcissistic pseuds

Christopher Tyson

24th May 2020 at 5:50 pm

To be honest, I can’t argue with that. But if we were arguing about fining Cummings rather than sacking him, that wouldn’t be so serious, of course, being who he is, a fine would have led to the same controversy as we have.

jamie murray

24th May 2020 at 10:20 am

I think the most shocking part of this whole story is that someone from London knew that a place as far oop North called Durham even existed! Did he and his wife phone the people back home and inform them that other towns and cities other than London and the home counties existed? And that the people who lived there had different opinions and views from them? That, shock horror, London wasn’t the centre of the Universe!! I assume a COBRA briefing was then called, to discuss the ensuing crisis and panic that followed?

Jill W

24th May 2020 at 2:46 pm

Made me smile

jamie murray

25th May 2020 at 11:02 am

Just doing my bit for morale Jill, Blitz spirit n all, except not all as some are hiding indoors quivering over a cold virus or throwing themselves into the cabbages on the veg aisle at Morrisons if i even look like i’m going to approach them!

Mor Vir

24th May 2020 at 3:29 pm

Some wheat comes from there? It is in Lebanon, I believe.

jamie murray

25th May 2020 at 10:58 am

Mor Vir, you are correct, spelt “Durum”. Everyday a school day eh? Except all the schools are closed, so maybe not!

Mike Stallard

24th May 2020 at 10:02 am

Meanwhile on Hong Kong…
Meanwhile in the EU…
Meanwhile in the US Presidential elections…

Jim Denham

24th May 2020 at 9:47 am

I’ve just found an even more laughable defence of Cummings, in today’s Sunday Telegraph: The professional “anti-elitist” David “The Road To Somewhere” comes up with a fascinating new definition of what is – and isn’t – elitism, while defending Dominic Cummings: “There is an anti-elitist piety, often expressed by the academic or medical branch of the same broad elite, that refuses to accept the specialness of leaders [in case it’s not clear, Goodhart thinks that’s *bad*] … So it’s important that Mr Cummings stays. Even if his actions were technically outside the letter of the law -which is far from clear – there is surely, an extreme circumstances loophole, and more broadly we need to cut our rulers (and their top advisers) some slack.”

Keith Lloyd

24th May 2020 at 9:36 am

The reason that Cummings should go is not because he broke the lockdown rules, which he clearly did, but because he was (with Ferguson and others) an architect of this appalling assault on our freedoms and livelihoods. Having scared the majority of people witless he then showed that he had no real belief in the terror that he had helped to unleash. In fact, I would like to see the government, Parliament and the BBC tumble too.

Bella Donna

24th May 2020 at 9:09 am

The anti Brexit loons are now Pro Lockdown Loons is there no end to this madness?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:30 am

No. I’m anti-Brexit and think the lovkdown should be lifted.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 5:43 pm

ZP is anti Brexit… Well I never!

Robert Pirsig

24th May 2020 at 5:44 pm

Yes. But nobody cares what you think.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 6:12 pm

PIRSIG — Nobody cares what you think either my conservative chum!

James E Shaw

24th May 2020 at 8:46 am

“This completely uneventful drive from London to Durham is being blown entirely out of proportion by furious Remoaners who loathe Cummings because they view him as the Svengali of Brexit, as the Leave mastermind, as the man who shattered their comfortable little political worlds by making the case for our exit from the EU.”

Which neatly explains why Julia Hartley-Brewer and Tim Montgomerie, both prominent Leave supporting journalists, have been calling for Dominic Cumming’s head.

a watson

24th May 2020 at 8:18 am

Sunday morning and the BBC and msm going into hysterical overdrive. They are rapidly losing the plot and any sense of what they are for or how to serve the public – similar to the Labour Party.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:29 am

What about Cummings’ bullsh** hypocrisy though?

James Conner

24th May 2020 at 7:23 am

No doubt there are the usual determined Cummings haters who want to whip this minor event up into a seismic catastrophie, but it is nothing of the sort. The man bent the rules, as we all do.

Right from the start my wife and myself have been going out for walks several times a day, so have most have my neighbours. From day one we’ve driven to our childrens’ house on numerous occasions and stood at the bottom of their driveways in conversation, and glancing around the street, many other paople are doing likewise, oh and such non-essential items as flower pots, fence paint, slab cleaner and BBQ coals have featured on my shopping list right from the start.

OK officer, put the cuffs on and take me down the station.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 5:01 pm

I haven’t bent the rules. Which laws do you claim to break, James?

Philip Humphrey

24th May 2020 at 7:13 am

I agree with the article and suspect this is a sign of things to come. Metropolitan liberals (and their media such as the BBC) have lost over Brexit and their preferred party lost the election in December, but they simply won’t accept it and will try anything to reverse it. My concern is that just as much as President Trump’s first term has been occupied with phony investigations and impeachment, the same sort of thing will go on over here for the next four years or so. And yet it will most likely be counterproductive, President Trump’s approval ratings were not dented by Mueller and increased during the attempt impeachment.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 4:54 pm

68% of the British people think the Cummings is in the wrong. The majority of comments on the Daily Mail think Dom should go. It would appear that reality does not confirm to your theories.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 3:41 am

I’m not interested but Dom Cummings might need some stress relief right now.

Darth Saddius

24th May 2020 at 12:00 pm

I think he probably does! I award you today Internets!

Jackie Robbins

24th May 2020 at 3:08 am

Those who LOVE the China Lockdown violations of liberties should all move to an isolated island somewhere off the Dead Sea where they can practice social distancing and wear masks every second of the day, forever, until they die from suffocation, they can live in fear, they can never laugh at a joke, they can stay nice and safe in isolation…MOVE THERE! You trepidatius sheep! And leave the rest us alone to resume our normal, happy, risky but FREE lives!

Wait! Forget about the island in the Dead Sea! That was a metaphor. Just pack your bags and move to China! You’ll be right at home there. No freedom, but safe and sound!

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 3:48 am

The Tory government is responsible for this lockdown madness. Imbeciles. Cummings’ actions demonstrate they don’t even believe in it themselves.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:50 pm

The ‘scientists’ are responsible for the lockdown, it was the advice they gave.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 7:32 pm

JERRY OWEN — Bull****. The government had alternative views at their disposal. They made a bad call. Johnson and Cummings must own their failure.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 9:31 pm

ZP
Such bitterness today..is it that time?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 11:25 pm

JERRY OWEN — ‘is it that time’. Is that all you’ve got, grandpa?

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:10 pm

The government chose to follow the advice.

It was their choice, ultimately responsibility lies with them.

And those who choose to support them.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:47 am

Trust BON to come up with some convoluted bull**** in defence of the Tory Beria. Cummings must go.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:30 am

This article illustrates why Cummings is such an utter hypocrite and tool (paywall):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/im-longing-to-see-my-parents-too-but-id-never-drive-back-to-durham-xkshw6x86

While we the little people cannot say goodbye to our loved ones are funerals Cummings and co (Jenrick and Johnson included) do what the hell they want…

Times to get rid of this rotten Tory corpse of a regime…

jmNZ

24th May 2020 at 12:45 am

Cummings didn’t break the lockdown.
There are specific, reasonable exceptions – that we would all accept.
He had one.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:45 am

No we wouldn’t. When his government was emphatically and unequivocally telling us to ‘Stay home’ (grammatically incorrect) this tool was making 500 mile round trips on the sly. It’s not so much the fact that he made these trips to ‘help’ his family but the utter hypocrisy of him and Johnson preventing us from doing the same. There are people who have missed the funerals of close relatives while this pr ick drives where the hell he pleases.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:49 pm

Driving 250 miles when you are too ill to look after your kid is not reasonable. If you are too ill to care for your child then you are too ill to drive. What would have been reasonable in the circumstances would have been to source local child care.

Michael Fereday

23rd May 2020 at 9:48 pm

Just checked worldometer and still the WHOLE WORLD death rate is no nearer Ferguson’s 500,000 FOR THE UK ALONE! Come on, time for this scamdemic to end?

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:43 pm

Dominic Cummins is a member of the metropolitan middle class.

So is nearly every influential Leave supporting journalist, politician or public figure.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:22 pm

Absolutely. If Cummings is such an outsider then why was he educated at a fee-paying school and Oxford before getting a job with the Tories in London. These are not the actions of a revolutionary or a loose cannon who wants to shake things up. It seems obvious that Cumming is just another bourgeois insider. In any case, why didn’t he dissuade Johnson from replacing the HS2 plan to make Birmingham a suburb of London with real investment in trans-Pennine transport routes from Liverpool to Hull, which would actually have benefited the North. Cummings is pure Establisment.

Darth Saddius

23rd May 2020 at 11:14 pm

What you just said.

Plus it would be refreshing if this website could give the phrase ‘remainer elite’ a bit of a rest. It’s a bit like trying to have a quiet pint while some saloon bar bore bangs on for the umpteenth time in your ear about his pet peeve. No doubt some people who voted remain are rich and/or powerful – members of the elite if you will. Some people who voted leave are not rich and/or powerful. Some people who voted remain are not rich and/or powerful. Some people who voted leave are rich and/or powerful – also members of the elite if you will.

Feel free to be pro or anti leave, pro or anti-remain as you wish – but don’t pretend whichever position one takes automatically means one is, or is not, a member of an elite. That’s just being silly.

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 12:49 pm

Little Jonnie
How funny you can’t even get his name right!
I defend him because I am anti lockdown, and throughout this I have driven wherever I fancy.
Hypocrisy doesn’t come into it.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:07 pm

Meh, predictive text is a pain in the backside…… rather like you Jerry!

I don’t give a damn why you support him Jerry. You may be anti lockdown but he clearly isn’t, it’s his government that imposed it…

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 8:16 pm

Cummins … Ho ho!

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:37 pm

If Neil Ferguson was forced to resign for breaking the lockdown why should Cummins be any different?

Mike Jackson

23rd May 2020 at 10:30 pm

I think the article explains why very well. When I read the initial press reports I was inclined to agree with your view but if you look at the lockdown conditions and in detail and what Cummings actually did it reads very differently.

A mother symptomatic, a father not so at that stage but obliged to go into quarantine as well, a four-year-old child. That sort of situation was certainly envisaged in the detailed rules. The family needed help with care and the fact that Cummings’ parents lived 260 miles away rather than 260 yards away is irrelevant. He didn’t go to “visit” his parents nor did he head off to a “second home” to get away from the London “hotspot”.

What would you have done in the same situation? Palmed the child off on Social Services for a month?

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:06 pm

I probably wouldn’t have driven 30 miles to “test my eyesight”.

Mike Coops

23rd May 2020 at 9:34 pm

What’s all the fuss about,who has stuck to the rules 100% of the time…I certainly haven’t…but I’ve been social distancing…the left think this is the worst crime imaginable…firstly no crime has been committed and secondly it’s exactly as stated in the piece remoaner bitterness.

Rob Jackson

23rd May 2020 at 8:59 pm

“There is unquestionably an issue here of rules applying to one section of society (us lot) but not to another (the political class).“

This is what rankles, speaking as (ordinarily) a Cummings fan.

Jonathan Mason

23rd May 2020 at 8:44 pm

Quite so. Britain has gone quite bonkers!

I left the UK at the age of 30, and I have not been back for almost 20 years, having lived in Bermuda, The Dominican Republic, and mostly the USA. I am now in Florida and am a US citizen.

Here we have had some problems with COVID-19 and some shut downs, but it has all been at the institutional level, for example schools and colleges closed, banks drive-in only, no dine-in restaurants, places of sports and entertainment closed, and so on.

We are easing it off now, but during the whole process I have never heard of anyone being stopped and harassed by police or snitches for unauthorized travel.

So compared to the UK, we must be in really bad shape, right? So far, with a population of 22 millions we have 2,200 deaths, whereas the UK with a population of 66 million (approx) has 36,000 deaths. Yikes!

You don’t need advanced maths to work out that the fatality rate in the UK is 6 times higher per head of population than Florida so far.

So clearly all this overdone quarantine hype in the UK is not doing anything much to prevent the spread of the disease, but is pissing everyone off, especially if everyone who cheats on quarantine has to fall on their sword.

The way things are going I would not be surprised to see more resignations from the royal family, if anyone is caught talking to their plants in their front garden, getting too close to a horse, or waving without gloves.

John Pretty

23rd May 2020 at 10:40 pm

The UK figures are inflated. Every fresh corpse that tests positive for the virus is listed as a covid19 death. So NO. The have not been 36K corona deaths in the UK. The average age od death is (I think ) 80.

We were never actually imprisoned, just not permitted to see relatives or friends that we did not live with. And just about the only places that have been open are the supermarkets and newsagents.

It’s the schools that won’t open and many shops pointlessly and needlessly closed. Churches closed. No football or pubs open. The idiotic queueing to get into supermarkets. The 2 metre social distancing. Many towns, villages and roads extremely quiet. The police in my area (thus far) have not been heavy handed, but this stupidity needs to end.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:48 pm

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:39 pm

Why would anyone trust the Guardian, or its peddlers?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:31 pm

Would anyone trust you, Nick? All of these news outlets have a political bias, including this one aka ‘The Brendan O’Neill Show’.

Vivian Darkbloom

24th May 2020 at 12:59 am

The Guardian is a wonderful newspaper to illustrate to young people how politics works. It provides a great example of “presstitution” when right politics turn left, or left politics turn right; i.e. politics is now all about power, and principles don’t matter. Weirdly, despite being the darling of the post-modern so-called Left, Michel Foucault seems increasingly relevant, for reasons he might not recognise were he still alive: “We must cease once and for all to describe the effects of power in negative terms: it ‘excludes’, it ‘represses’, it ‘censors’, it ‘abstracts’, it ‘masks’, it ‘conceals’. In fact power produces; it produces reality; it produces domains of objects and rituals of truth.” Of course, some may argue that Foucault was more of an anarchist or a libertarian than a leftist and they might be right. But that is an argument about abstract ideology rather than the concrete power he wrote about.

Power produces reality. Mass media, like the Guardian, reproduce and propagate the message of power. As parasites who speak but do not do, they lick the arsehole of power and it doesn’t matter if that power is given the label of “left” or “right”. The end result is the same, as we can can see in this corona crisis. The Guardian has gone full fascist/communist in its support of police state actions to control what is little more than a seasonal flu outbreak. This shows the nature of the press; one minute liberal, one minute authoritarian, as circumstances change as the political wind blows or the money flows. Why would anyone trust the press?

Mike Coops

23rd May 2020 at 9:41 pm

I’d take the guardian with a pinch of salt personally.

Gordon De Gopher

24th May 2020 at 9:15 am

Add vinegar and chips.

Mike Stallard

24th May 2020 at 10:06 am

In my own opinion, just as all the women in UK supported Lady Di and all men (every single one) thought she was overrated, so now, all women (every one) supports the lock-down to protect the NHS and all men (without exception) think that Dominic Cummings (the Second Coming) was right.

Dominic Spaffings

23rd May 2020 at 7:47 pm

Spiked shows its utter hypocrisy at every turn.
You put your trust in this government to carry forward an authoritarian project, to end freedom of movement and close borders.
You got more than you bargained for. So put up and shut up.

Christopher Tyson

24th May 2020 at 8:35 pm

Not hypocrisy. The Brexit Party capitulated leaving the Tories as the only Brexit option. The Tories themselves recognised that they were ‘lent’ votes. Spiked has historically supported open borders and free movement (not just within Europe, but for people from around the world), this is the source of much hostility to spiked from some quarters. Support for Brexit was support for national sovereignty, this means that British laws, including immigration laws, should be decided in Britain. If is possible to support free movement and argue for it, while as a democrat accepting that this is not what the majority want, and not arguing that the state should impose unpopular laws. It is convenient for the Remainer elite to cling to the narrative that Brexit was orchestrated by Oxford educated, public school boys who cast a spell on 52% of the British public. One consequence of this is that Brexit has been treated as a battle amongst sections of the elite, with the public treated as by-standers. Not pre-empting anything, but the demise of the Cummings/Johnson axis, might open up opportunities for Brexiteers of a different stripe to become part of the conversation. Cummings and Johnson are establishment reformers, so the elite Remainers need to be careful what they wish for, if they succeed in sinking them.

Christopher Tyson

24th May 2020 at 11:20 pm

Not hypocrisy. The Brexit Party capitulated leaving the Tories as the only Brexit option. The Tories themselves recognised that they were ‘lent’ votes. This magazine has historically supported open borders and free movement (not just within Europe, but for people from around the world), this is the source of much hostility from some quarters. Support for Brexit was support for national sovereignty, this means that British laws, including immigration laws, should be decided in Britain. If is possible to support free movement and argue for it, while as a democrat accepting that this is not what the majority want, and not arguing that the state should impose unpopular laws. It is convenient for the Remainer elite to cling to the narrative that Brexit was orchestrated by Oxford educated, public school boys who cast a spell on 52% of the British public. One consequence of this is that Brexit has been treated as a battle amongst sections of the elite, with the public treated as by-standers. Not pre-empting anything, but the demise of the Cummings/Johnson axis, might open up opportunities for Brexiteers of a different stripe to become part of the conversation. Cummings and Johnson are establishment reformers, so the elite Remainers need to be careful what they wish for, if they succeed in sinking them.

Highland Fleet Lute

23rd May 2020 at 7:43 pm

Lord Sumption; “A hysterical ride into a police state”…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHE3OerDKEY

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:58 pm

What’s that got to do with Cummings? He clearly broke his own government’s restrictions on movement and put people at risk with his crazy travelling. It now turns out he visited Barnard Castle (a town 20+ miles away) while he was staying in Durham. If the trip to Durham wasn’t an infringement of his own government’s regulations, then the trip to Barnard Castle most definitely was.

Highland Fleet Lute

23rd May 2020 at 8:04 pm

So what? I don’t care who made these laws. I don’t care who breaks these laws. I want these laws gone.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:40 pm

How you love locking and knocking people down

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:47 pm

If you want these laws gone maybe you should care more about who made them

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:52 am

HIGHLAND FLEET LUTE — But these are Johnson and Cummings’ laws. Why can’t you see that?Attack the Tory government that is making these laws. The Tories are the authoritarians, not Labour, who are not in power, or don’t you understand that?

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 5:50 am

I think you are willfully disregarding the terror of the situation.

Johnson doesn’t appear to be in charge.

The fact that Macron, Merkel, Trump and Putin don’t appear to be in charge either should give a lot of people pause for thought as per: Who the hell is in charge?

One thing this whole pandemonic, schizophrenic, no-sense-makes-sense, totalitarian weirdo nonsense has shown up is: When globalists click their fingers and say “bend over”, governments say “how low?”

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:03 pm

More lying bullsh*t from O’Neill. Cummings had the symptoms and was putting his own parents’ lives at risk. This is nothing to do with Brexit and everything to do with typical Tory contempt for ordinary people. Cummings must go.

David Graham

23rd May 2020 at 7:39 pm

Your comments support some of the arguments in the article. Perhaps reread it.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:49 pm

I did, and it’s time for Dom to fall on his sword!

Anjela Kewell

23rd May 2020 at 8:08 pm

Crikey, you have just proved Brendan’s point

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 3:45 am

No I haven’t and nobody uses words like ‘crikey’ any more in the 21st century.

Claire D

24th May 2020 at 9:17 am

Zenobia, I doubt whether you know all 68 million citizens of the UK, believe me some of them use the word “crikey”. It’s a shortened version of ‘Christ’, perhaps there is an argument against it therefore as taking the Lord’s name in vain, but not because it’s archaic, it is’nt.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:04 pm

How?

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:43 pm

Ah, that old elitist hate for the plebs projected by deranged leftist hypocrites and bigots onto political foes. As if you could ever be a democrat!

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:29 pm

You clearly have little or no grasp of democracy. You are almost certainly a royalist.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:05 pm

Nick, you were cheering the elitist lockdown laws purely for political gain, so pipe down.

You’re clearly a snob. Stop projecting.

Highland Fleet Lute

23rd May 2020 at 6:52 pm

After the worst case of government interference in the lives of the populace in our entire history, covid tracking and plans for covid passports should be halted and there has to be a serious debate about civil liberties.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:04 pm

Get rid of unelected de facto PM Cummings first.

Graham Southern

23rd May 2020 at 7:24 pm

Because Prime Ministers aren’t allowed to have advisors.

Highland Fleet Lute

23rd May 2020 at 7:37 pm

Whether you like Dominic Cummings or not is irrelevant to the fact that we’ve had a huge amount of our liberties taken from us and if we just take it lying down we’ll lose a whole lot more.

Jonathan Marshall

23rd May 2020 at 8:38 pm

Quite right, HFL. “Zenobia” is totally obsessed, and should be ignored.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:45 pm

We should applaud Cummings for triggering leftist bigots and snobs. Maybe every Thursday?

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:49 pm

‘Removing civil liberties and destroying the economy to trigger the libs!’

That’s a new one.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 1:50 am

HIGHLAND FLEET LUTE —- But it is Johnson and Cummings’ lockdown policy that is KILLING OUR ECONOMY. They are not fighting the lockdown, they are IMPOSING IT. Johnson, Cummings et al are responsible for this lockdown hysteria and need to own their failure while lifting it completely.

Highland Fleet Lute

24th May 2020 at 10:26 am

Whatever is going to happen to you is going to happen to you, despite your preoccupations and obsessions, if not because of them.

Darth Saddius

23rd May 2020 at 6:38 pm

No matter how one spins the Cummings trip to Durham to the average spod in the street (I include myself here) it reeks, nay stinks of entitlement and hypocrisy. A cursory inspection of the comments under the relevant articles in the Daily Mail (not exactly a bastion of the ‘Remainer Elite’ I would have thought) reveals a large proportion of those commentating think it is a slam dunk, back of the net, get yer trousers on tinker bell you’re nicked case of massive hypocrisy and one rule for the political elite and one rule for everyone else.

This is nothing to do with whether one voted remain or leave. The argument that he is not technically a member of the government and hasn’t publicly stated what the public should do is, again, to the man (or woman Reg!) on the top of the Clapham omnibus neither here nor there. He is we are told often enough the Goverments master strategist in addition to his official title, an impression as far as I know he has done nothing to dispel. He works for a government which has instructed us to behave in a particular way for public health reasons. Now one may agree or disagree with those instructions, one may think the government has dealt with the crisis reasonably well, badly or incompetently with the virus and its consequences but this does not alter the fact that he, by his very position and role has signed up to the instructions. If he didn’t agree with them he should have resigned.

He must be on a tasty wedge given his job and as his Mrs writes for the Spectator I presume she doesn’t often frequent Wilkos. Has he not heard of Deliveroo etc. Has he no mates in London? I fins it somewhat hard to believe. Will the Spectator be asking his Mrs for the return of monies paid for her moving article on their C19 experience if it turns out to contain a fictional element?

The weasely twisting attempts being made to justify what he did on the basis of how the rules are interpreted are an insult to the intelligence of the British people (which this website consistently claims to champion).

Professor Pantsdown and Dr McSecondhome rightly had to do one. Now Cummings should as well.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:56 pm

I agree. Cummings should go, just like that hypocrite Ferguson and that hypocrite Catherine Calderwood. These people are constantly telling us what to do, but it appears that their restrictions only apply to the little people… Cummings is clearly a hypocrite.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:47 pm

Daily Mail comments is stuffed with leftist bigots on their usual mission of assassinating character and sneering at lesser beings, just like our own beloved Zenops

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:42 pm

“Daily Mail comments is stuffed with leftist bigots”

That’s just blatant nonsense in every sense.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:28 pm

Sorry Nick, just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t make them a bigot. Are you one of these Brexitish types who thinks that all democratic opposition must be crushed?

BTW Have you restarted Spitfire production yet in order to repel the Hun?

Darth Saddius

23rd May 2020 at 11:21 pm

Reading the comments there its seems reasonable to assume that many of them are not posted by ‘leftists’ but by an assortment of people who do not approve of rank hypocrisy. And the shifty way Cummings/the current ruling class are trying to squirm off a hook of his own making.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 6:27 pm

I have no interest in what Cummings has or has not done in this particular instance of alleged lockdown infringement. Nevertheless, Cummings and Johnson must go, for the sake of the country. While you’re at it, get rid of that Patel monster too. Sunak can stay, though, as he appears to know what he is doing.

Question Everythin

23rd May 2020 at 6:55 pm

How can anyone know what they’re doing in situation we’ve never found ourselves in? Either this is an unprecedented situation in which people, yes even those in government, are going to make mistakes as they learn to deal with said unprecedented situation, or its a situation we’ve dealt with before and therefore there’s an exact blue print of what to do and what not to do, what governments should do, what the NHS should do, what local councils, supermarkets, police, fire services, the list goes on. If it’s the latter then this is a total overreaction by everyone from all political parties, the NHS, PHE, SAGE and of course Mr Neil Ferguson (who oddly wanted the exact measures in place for swine flu, seems he’s wanted a lockdown of some sort for a long time now doesn’t it), given we’ve faced far worse pandemics than this in our recent past. The Hong Kong flu was far, far worse than Covid 19, yet the world did not come to a stand still, people had no choice but to carry on because they didn’t have things like the internet and skype as we do now.
If it is an overreaction the blame must be placed after lengthy investigations as to exactly is to blame, given that we’re supposed to trust experts so much as has been proven by folks outrage at Johnson’s back peddling of expert opinion.
If mistakes have been made, which they no doubt have, after lengthy investigations the blame must find the correct people and the reasons as to why they did as they must be made completely clear, were the mistakes made with malicious intent, or were they simply the wrong decision taken out of only two possible routes to follow, under the impression that said decision at the time was felt to be the right one.
It’s unrealistic to simply blame Johnson and Cummings and claim they’re dangerous, when there’s been hundreds upon hundreds of people working on the plans to deal with the covid pandemic.
It’s especially ridiculous to label them dangeriu when we currently have a Chinese government threatening one of sister lands Australia, for daring to demand and independent investigation into the origins of Covid 19, especially given we KNOW they intentionally, with malicious intent, covered up the initial outbreak. Which no doubt had a knock on effect as to how global governments responded aswell as how much time they had to respond.
Had the CCP and WHO from the get go in January declared a global pandemic, if the CCP had come forward earlier when they first found the virus, then maybe the reaction from our governments and others would’ve been far better. Things like mass testing could’ve been implemented before the virus had the time the CCP and WHO gave ot to in-bed around the world, whatever their motivations for doing so were.
Time to take you head out of the Boris bashing echo chamber and wake up, we’ve got bigger issues to deal with, the economic hell that awaits us, aswell as a hostile China ran by fascists that is more than capable and confident enough to start world war 3. If you wish to keep bashing Boris go for it, but don’t complain when the issue of China comes knocking on our door, don’t complain when were heading to war, because youre ignorance to the bigger picture is fueling the issue. We should be talking about the threat of China right now, not demanding our PM walk.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 8:52 pm

Bet you think Yellow Man Good knows what he’s doing too, unlike Orange Man Bad. Xenops, years of your bile and bigotry here must have fortified so many anti-leftists. But have you ever won anyone over to your Prophet Karl, would you say?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:25 pm

NICK HUNT — Utter crap. The Chinese pose an existential threat to the west and must be resisted. They are about to annex Hong Kong completely, are extending their reach permanently in the South China Sea and it can only be a matter of time until they launch a full-scale assault on Taiwan. Yes, Trump is an orange imbecile and a tyrant in embryo who fails to understand his own constitution but China is the biggest threat of all.

James Conner

24th May 2020 at 7:29 am

“Sunak can stay, though, as he appears to know what he is doing.”

Hilarious. Richie Sixpack is like one of those smiling payday loan sharks. “Do you want some money? How much? £500? £1,000? £5,000? No problem. Here, take it. What’s it going to cost? Don’t worry yourself about that. We’ll work out the details later…”

Just wait for the clown’s next budget to see the ‘real’ cost of coronavirus.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 6:26 pm

Meanwhile, the Islamicisation of the UK continues apace:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/22/plan-to-open-mosque-in-trocadero-in-london-sparks-objections

The negative long-term effects of the creeping Islamicisation of the UK will be more serious than either Brexit or coronavirus, in terms of the loss of liberty. Unfortunately, the apostate inhabitants of this country are too blind and stupid to understand how our freedoms and respect for human life are rooted in Judaism and Christianity.

Mor Vir

23rd May 2020 at 7:07 pm

The Bible teaches that apostates should be killed and entire cities destroyed over religious beliefs.

Concepts of religious freedom, let alone libertarianism, have got absolutely nothing to do with Christianity.

Jesus conceived ‘freedom’ entirely as freedom from ‘sin’ and as obedience to him; he had no doctrine of religious liberty whatsoever. ‘He who does not believe in me will be damned forever.’

Deuteronomy 13 – Punishment of Apostates

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+13&version=NKJV

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:54 pm

You don’t get the difference between the OT and NT, do you?

Have you never heard of the Puritan resistance to the tyranny of Charles I or Huguenot Monarchomach theory or Buchanan’s De jure regni apud scotos or Milton’s Tenure of Kings and Magistrates? Nowhere in the NT does it say we can use violence as a means of furthering Gospel. However, there is nothing in the NT that says we are forbidden from taking up arms in self-defence for a legitimate cause.

Anjela Kewell

23rd May 2020 at 8:15 pm

But Christians do not practice the Old Testament any more and they certainly do not treat women as slaves, rape them and murder them as part of their religious beliefs.

It surely has not slipped your attention that the Islamic ideology is at odds with every other religion and treats human life with contempt. It is not just a folly or ignorance to even think of comparing this ideology with christianity, it is an act of wanton sabotage to humanity

Mor Vir

23rd May 2020 at 8:35 pm

Right, those would be the Puritans who had the ‘witch’ burnings. LOL A right tolerant lot.

They thought that they had the ‘one true’ religion, and that all other beliefs were ‘from the devil.’ When they were not stealing the land and burning the ‘heathen’ Pequots alive, they were banning RC and any other non-Puritans from settlements like Boston. They were theocrats who thought that all civil authorities should enforce the ‘correct’ religion.

The writers of the USA Constitution were specifically trying to avoid the sort of intolerance of the Puritans when they wrote the First Amendment, separation of state and church, to avoid the sort of intolerance of the Puritan colonies like Massachusetts.

The constitutionalists thought that one way to avoid Puritanical intolerance was to encourage a diversity of religions. In a similar spirit, Muslims have as much right to build mosques in UK as Christians have to build churches. The plurality of religions strengthens tolerance.

You displayed your intolerance when you opposed the building of mosques. You do not get to dress that up as a defence of tolerance. Anyone can build places of worship in UK, so long as they stay within the law, and that it how it will stay.

Mor Vir

23rd May 2020 at 8:57 pm

Jesus himself was given to physical violence. When he was not denouncing the J ews as a ‘generation of v ipers’, the ‘children of the d evil’, or the ‘s ynagogue of S atan’, he was physically attacking them with whips in their own temples.

The NT has provoked violence against J ews, (who were accused of ‘dei-cide’, ‘his blood be on our heads and our children’,) and other religious minorities throughout Christian history. There were hundreds of p ogroms and the Christians entirely expelled J ews from most Christian countries. It culminated in the h olocaust.

The NT is pretty clear on the subjugated status of women, ‘let them be silent and subject to their husbands’; and a defence of slavery, ‘slaves obey your masters as you would Christ’. Only with material development was slavery replaced with feudalism and then capitalism, and women have eventually been freed from a gender-based division of labour. It is entirely due to material and then secular development.

It will all come out in excruciating and explicit detail if you pursue this path of deception. It is bad enough that you have the front to go around attacking other religions, without you fabricating your own.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 9:12 pm

Do you damn those who believe in Jesus forever?

Mor Vir

23rd May 2020 at 10:21 pm

That’s just blatant nonsense in every sense.

James Conner

24th May 2020 at 9:23 am

“The negative long-term effects of the creeping Islamicisation of the UK will be more serious than either Brexit or coronavirus”

Much as it pains me to agree with you, I have to concur. The filth of I slam needs to be exterminated.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 6:33 pm

You can’t “exterminate” a religion for it is a set of ideas. Therefore I assume you are referring to exterminating the people who adhere to those ideas. That’s pretty sick.

Gordon De Gopher

23rd May 2020 at 6:06 pm

I don’t really care but listening to Alastair Campbell and Owen Jones on radio 5 last night was eye opening. Owen Jones is an insufferable prick at the best of times but compared to Campbell last night OJ was positively calm and well mannered. What a hateful excuse for a human being Campbell is. Get a grip man.

a watson

24th May 2020 at 11:35 am

Nasty people.

Jerry Owen

23rd May 2020 at 5:45 pm

What would have been the press reaction if Cummings had transmitted the virus to his child/children? It would have been a vitriolic attack.
Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t.
A complete nothing burger story.
This is remainer madness, they need help even though I enjoy their pain.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 6:30 pm

Nothing to do with Brexit, which you seem strangely obsessed with given that your side ‘won’. Cummings is a mentalist, which ever way you look at it, and needs to go, along with his philandering, blustering sub-Churchillian imbecile of a boss.

Oh, and ‘Jerry’, when are you going to reveal your real name, you coward!?

Jonathan Marshall

23rd May 2020 at 8:47 pm

“Nothing to do with Brexit, which you seem strangely obsessed with”
I can’t believe I’m reading this. Pots and kettles don’t even come close!

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:48 pm

Member of the government who imposed lockdown rules breaches them….. but you don’t see the hypocrisy?

Typical Jerry.

Partisan politics always comes before truth for you doesn’t it Jerry?

Jerry Owen

24th May 2020 at 1:59 pm

Little Jonnie
It’s Cummings, not Cummins.. oh dear poor Jonnie at the back of the class again.
I don’t support the curtailing of driving, I have driven throughout. Thus I’m no hypocrite.
Best stick to scrubbing decks eh!

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:02 pm

Erm… I wasn’t talking about you Jerry! I was talking about the members of the government. Yet again you can’t answer the question.

Oh dear, another fail by you. Back to the vegetables then Jerry.

Jonnie Henly

25th May 2020 at 10:03 pm

Have you admitted you lied about me hiding behind an anonymous account yet Jerry?

A liar and an idiot, oh dear Jerry. Stick to stacking fruit.

Jonnie Henly

27th May 2020 at 12:31 am

Oh look, Jerry ran away again!

Christopher Tookey

23rd May 2020 at 5:33 pm

So behaving responsibly to protect your four year-old child is now illegal? Blimey. Oh, sorry. Now I’ve had it explained to me. It’s illegal, because Dominic Cummings was acting responsibly to protect his four year-old child. That clears everything up.

john Coldwell

23rd May 2020 at 5:18 pm

I had to go up to Bradford today (collecting swabs for testing). The M1 and M62 were quiet-ish, but Bradford itself was very busy (something about Eid?). Yesterday I was in Wakefield. I heard Steve Wright on the radio, asking someone how they were doing in Lock-down. Mrs C and I both spluttered in unison ‘what lock-down?’. The mother out-law had broken her kettle and needed a new one. ASDA had a half-hour queue outside, so we drove on. Sainsbury’s was similar. Just a 10 minute queue at The Range (I stayed in the car and enjoyed the sun). I don’t know if the MSM don’t know or don’t care whats going on in the real world, but……………

Ian Davies

23rd May 2020 at 5:16 pm

Yes we are all sceptical of many aspects of this farce but this does not mean we can pull on our Che Guevara t shirts and say good on yer mate. It was only what, two weeks ago Johnson said we can drive anywhere you want. London to Durham seems like anywhere you want and it was way before that announcement. But the biggest flouting is not the driving or anything else, it is the simple fact he was infected at the time and that means self isolation. It is not about whether you believe the lockdown is necessary or a breech of your rights, to cheer him on because of that is simply childish. It is the fact they made these rules which are applied to us then don’t apply them to themselves. I have a long journey I need to do across the Scottish border to pick up a caravan paid for months ago. I want to go and see no reason why it is a problem but if stopped by some copper of IQ25 coming back across can I rely on the Dom Teflon? I think not. The creep must go.

Andrew Mawdsley

23rd May 2020 at 5:04 pm

Jim Denham. Brendan has been nothing but scathing in his overview of government lockdown regulations. However, Cummings is a different issue. He has made no pronouncements on how people should behave in the current climate.

By all means have a pop at the government but point your ire towards someone who has actually contributed to the mess we find ourselves in.

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:41 pm

What does Cummins do if he’s not part of the government?

Highland Fleet Lute

23rd May 2020 at 4:09 pm

Who gives a crap? I wouldn’t respect anyone who followed the government’s ridiculous pantomime-demic social distancing guidelines anyway.

My only contribution to any of this North-Korea-on-acid affront to civilisation has been to make sheep braying noises at people wearing masks, and careering the wrong way ’round supermarket one way systems.

NEIL DATSON

23rd May 2020 at 3:59 pm

The Kinnocks’ only real offence was against common sense by holding their birthday celebration under ‘lockdown’ conditions, rather than going indoors as any sensible family would have done. As far as I can judge Cummings kept to the rules as well. In both cases my sympathies lie with those involved. People who have prominent public roles – in government or associated with government in some way such as opposition MPs or judges or magistrates or police officers etc – should respect the letter of the law no matter how silly it is. Ferguson’s case was utterly different. He clearly broke the rules, and in context he was especially associated with government. His hypocrisy should be hung round his neck like the albatross around the Ancient Mariner’s.

As for the rest of us, those who aren’t so unfortunate as to be on ‘the inside’ of this nonsense, we should break them at every opportunity we can get away. I only wish I had more myself.

George Orwell

23rd May 2020 at 3:56 pm

If both parents are, or fear becoming, too sick to adequately care for a child then what is one to do?
It seems perfectly clear that the making of suitable alternative arrangements as in this case is a perfectly reasonable step to take, permissible under the stated exemptions and would have been readily permitted for any citizen other than Cummings.
So, the hypocrites are his critics who are declining to treat him as anyone else would be treated for purely political reasons.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 10:26 pm

George Orwell, you’re no George Orwell. You defend a hypocrite like Cummings? One law for the government and another for the rest of us… I doubt Orwell would have approved.

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 5:10 pm

If you are too ill to look after your child then you make alternative local arrangements. You do not get in a car and drive 250 miles to the other end of the country. If any ordinary person made that decision they would be condemned. The only reason earnest people here are entertain it is because Dom made it and they worship Dom.

Jim Lawrie

23rd May 2020 at 1:59 pm

Among Cummings and his ilk self diagnosing and public declaration that one has the virus is a la mode.

These high profile breaches indicate that those imposing the restrictions on us never believed for a minute that they were relevant or necessary. Cummings et al are not rebels. A rebel risks retribution, and that has not and will not be be the case with him or the others. And they know it. Should they be brought to book, their only defence would be that the measures were a lot of baloney. That they lied. The reason they have not been charged is because a criminal record would debar them from office. So pleading guilty is not an option.

Lyn Keay

23rd May 2020 at 2:41 pm

Well, one reason he hasn’t been charged is because he didn’t break the law. What he broke was the government guidelines that you can only leave the house for one of 4 clear reasons that got repeated ad nauseam at government press briefings. Those leave no room for individual judgement and common sense.

Jonathan Palmer

23rd May 2020 at 4:17 pm

The police spoke to him 31 March i believe. They’ve had a long time to work out a charge. Also the Guardian showed iron self discipline in delaying the story so long. i hope he brazens it out.

Jim Lawrie

23rd May 2020 at 7:27 pm

Lyn thanks for that point. I think I’m just itching to have it out with them in a public arena where they cannot run and hide.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

23rd May 2020 at 7:59 pm

Sorry Lyn, Cummings is still a hypocrite and as part of the government he should be leading by example. Ferguson and Calderwood both resigned for doing what Cummings did. They didn’t ‘break the law’ but acted in a fundamentally hypocritical fashion. If our leaders won’t obey their own instructions then why should we?

Ven Oods

23rd May 2020 at 4:10 pm

I don’t know that they knowingly lied, Jim. What they quoted to us was ‘the Science’, which is what non-scientists hope is a form of certainty.
What they didn’t know then, but have learned since, was that ‘the science’ was based on some very bad science, in the form of Ferguson’s discredited modelling.
How they wriggle out of that is going to make interesting reading over the coming weeks. The public’s better-than-hoped-for compliance with lockdown rules has left some of them petrified of returning to normal life. Turning off the government money tap would seem the best way to achieve that (and the least ruinous for the economy).

Jim Lawrie

23rd May 2020 at 7:25 pm

Ven it does show that they did not believe it, or that the advice to them was different.

nick hunt

23rd May 2020 at 9:06 pm

To regain public confidence and credibility, politicians and advisors should prove they understand that “science is belief in the ignorance of experts” (Feynman) and act accordingly i.e. employ a plurality of dissenting experts who steadily self-correct and improve. Cutting edge science has much dispute and diversity of opinion, so produces knowledge which, although provisional and uncertain, is also continually improvable. When current knowledge is treated as infallible authority, as unquestionable dogma, it is anti-science, as Copernicus and so many found to their cost. Sadly, science-as-dogma also drives current U.K. policy on CO2 and zero emissions.

Mor Vir

23rd May 2020 at 1:30 pm

On the one hand, Cummings did endanger his parents; the kids could have spread infection to older, more vulnerable people. On the other, they wanted help with childcare while they were ill. The police have said that it was ‘unwise’ but whether it is their place to make quasi-official verdicts on sagacity is another matter. Anyway, it is between him and his parents.

Whether that is a sackable offence is quite another matter. I am not sure that I have ever heard of that as an employment condition. Where would that end? Is any act in private life that is deemed ‘unwise’ to be a sackable offence now? Workers should think seriously about that because such a culture would impact on all of us.

What goes around, comes around. As B says, the campaign against Cummings smacks of ‘pay back’. It would be odd for a society to institute official routes of pay back. Maybe UK has a petty, nasty side to the society?

Anyway, if Remoaners were serious about pay back, and they think that Brexit will be a disaster, then they would let it go ahead. More likely they are poseur vengeants. If they are incapable of true, spiteful, vengeance, then they have probably not been too badly wronged and they should calm down. More likely they are petty bullies, who think they spot an easy target, than genuine vengeants.

Vengeance is a very serious matter, and a very dangerous game, and it should not be taken lightly. Likely they are petty, wannabe vengeants who have lived pampered and insulated lives. It will be more serious if EU decides to cut UK adrift without a deal during the post-lockdown economic crisis, for pay back or just for the lols. Then they will learn what vengeance really looks like, on a societal scale.

Lyn Keay

23rd May 2020 at 2:33 pm

It would be good if you were right. Unfortunately ‘bringing the company into disrepute’ has been part of many people’s contracts for years.

The Police thinking it is reasonable to comment on matters of personal judgement rather than sticking to the law is most disturbing. Almost, as bad as the Devon Police sending people home because of the ‘spirit’ of the law.

Jonathan Marshall

23rd May 2020 at 3:59 pm

“Anyway, it is between (Cummings) and his parents.”
That sums the whole thing up in nutshell – well said.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 8:53 pm

No, it’s between Cummings and the British People.

Jim Denham

23rd May 2020 at 1:22 pm

“Is Cummings a hypocrite? Well, possibly. There is unquestionably an issue here of rules applying to one section of society (us lot) but not to another (the political class). If Cummings has been in favour of punishing people who elect to self-isolate in a property that isn’t their normal home, then he is a hypocrite. But we don’t know if he has been in favour of that.”: err, I think we do, Brendan. That’s certainly what his government was saying.

Your natural instinct towards genuflection before the Johnsonian wing of the Tories is increasingly in contradiction with your impulse to denounce them for having taken the pandemic seriously.

Make your mind up!

Iwan Hughes

23rd May 2020 at 4:47 pm

@Jim Denham It’s not his government, he’s not a member of the government. And I don’t recall him exhorting me to stay at home in any private capacity.

Jonathan Marshall

23rd May 2020 at 8:44 pm

A very apt comment. Other people who have been excoriated for breaking this stupid lockdown have been people with such positions as Chief health advisers (in Scotland and Wales), or dear old Professor Pantsdown with his apocalyptic prognostications; they really were exhorting people to stay at home whilst doing the opposite.

Jonnie Henly

23rd May 2020 at 9:40 pm

Really?

Who does Cummins work for then?

Stephen 1789

24th May 2020 at 5:06 pm

Cummings is a special adviser to the PM and a senior member of the team formulating the government’s response to the covid crisis. Therefore he is as responsible for that approach and its associated laws as the rest of them. The rule is, don;t crap where you work. By flouting laws that he had a hand in creating, he crapped where he worked. That is customarily a resigning matter. If he doesn’t go today then it will only get worse for the government until he does

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

24th May 2020 at 3:42 am

It’s the Tories who are perpetuating this absurd lockdown. BON is hoist by his own petard.

Christopher Thompson

24th May 2020 at 7:10 am

Z P. Would you please go and put some toast on and give us all a rest?

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