Charity & Coronavirus Lockdown: Should Dominic Cummings Resign?

Charity & Coronavirus Lockdown: Should Dominic Cummings Resign?

On Tuesday night it emerged Durham police have started their investigation into Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules.

Officers interviewed a witness and have access to number plate recognition software which could track the movement of the aide’s car when he travelled to Durham, the Mirror and Guardian reported.

It came as questions emerged over the account Mr Cummings gave during his Downing Street press conference. To read more click here

Comment: 

What should we, as Christians, think about Dominic Cummings’ behaviour?  Was he right to interpret the lockdown rules in order to drive his family to his parental home in Durham, or not?  Either way, what is the truly Christian and charitable attitude towards him?  “Forgive and forget”?  The problem with that is, he didn’t ask for forgiveness – he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.  So, what, then, should be the truly charitable response.  Forget it and let him get on with his job, or join the calls for his resignation or sacking, in a spirit of “tough love” – i.e. perhaps, in this case, true charity. And in a related matter, should those of us who were not in favour of the lockdown anyway, still stick to the rules or is there room for “interpretation” now?   

Important Note:  do not reveal anything of your own behaviour regarding “interpreting” the lockdown rules or mention anything about any family members of friends who may have interpreted them creatively – we have enemies  reading this blog, avidly, looking for any excuse to report us to this or that “authority” so please keep all comments general, with your opinion expressed as robustly as you please – always within the House Rules, of course.  Please and thank  you!  

Comments (92)

  • Beatrice

    Dominic Cummings and his wife were both ill with coronavirus. They chose to leave London to self-isolate in a cottage on his parents’ farm, ensuring that their autistic 4yo son could be cared for by his sister should the Cummings become unable to care for him.

    The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries, had previously discussed with journalists exceptions to lockdown rules, which include being able to leave home to make arrangements for the care of vulnerable people. She specifically included young children in the definition of ‘vulnerable people’.

    The same exception that applied in Cummings’ case applies to all of us. I don’t see any harm in what he did.

    The synthetic outrage seems mostly to be coming from opportunistic Remainers who scent an opportunity to force a 2yr extension to the Brexit transition period should perhaps be seen in that light.

    Cummings and Johnson were both seriously ill. When they returned to work, they found that civil servants and a few politicians had been in touch with Barnier to connive at an agreement to extend the transition period. They put a stop to it.

    Ed Davey, Ian Blackford, Caroline Lucas and three other obscure MPs published a letter to Barnier two days ago, demanding an extension. Barnier immediately responded to them, making clear that the EU are keen to conclude an extension (in return for a large payment from the UK government). 40 Conservative MPs have written to Johnson, demanding that Cummings be fired.

    Should the combined efforts by politicians, the EU and UK media succeed in forcing Cummings’ removal, Johnson will be fatally weakened and forced either to agree to an extension to the current transition period or to resign. Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid are waiting in the wings to replace him.

    May 29, 2020 at 1:00 am
    • Miles Immaculatae

      Beatrice,

      On the contrary, I believe it is some Leavers who are being too soft on Cummings because of his role in the Vote Leave campaign.

      Dominic Cummings is the most powerful non-elected official in the country, and is more powerful even than most cabinet ministers, except perhaps the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Cummings is also member of SAGE, the secret scientific committee that has been advising the UK government during its response to coronavirus. Cummings has therefore had a central and direct role in forming the governments coronavirus policy. This same government expected ordinary citizens to sheepishly conform to social distancing in both spirit and letter, with threat of legal enforcement. In fact, it is reported that people have been fined for doing things similar to what Cummings did. Make of these reports what you will. I for one have doubts about the veracity of Cumming’s story, and I suspect he is taking the Michael, especially the bit about driving to the castle to test his eyesight.

      Regardless of one’s stance of Brexit, it is a generally accepted principle that nobody is above the law, and that all are equal under the law. This is not an argument about whether Cummings did right by his family, rather it is an argument about who Cummings is, his job, and the disparity between his ability to bend the rules and ours.

      May 29, 2020 at 11:02 am
      • Nicky

        Miles Immaculatae,

        I forgot about the drive to test his eyesight. Surely, that in itself is against the law. Could his wife not have driven? That’s another whopper overlooked by the journalists at the press conference. I don’t remember any of them asking him about that. It’s beyond belief.

        May 29, 2020 at 11:07 am
      • Miles Immaculatae

        Nicky,

        In a way, it is good that Cummings acted as he did. It means that ordinary citizens will be more questioning, more reluctant to behave like sheep.

        The government used propaganda to create a sense of national solidarity. But this was illusory. I feel a fool for believing it. I should have listened to Catholic Truth!

        May 29, 2020 at 11:15 am
  • Beatrice

    As for Steve Baker, Cummings has made clear that he doesn’t rate him, considering him to have an over-inflated estimation of his own importance and abilities.

    When Johnson was elected party leader, Baker let it be known that he expected to be given a ministerial portfolio in recognition of his support, specifically negotiating the trade agreement with the EU.

    Cummings didn’t think he was up to the job and ensured that he was offered a very junior position which Baker refused to accept.

    It seems that Baker’s ego still hasn’t recovered from the perceived slight.

    May 29, 2020 at 1:09 am
    • editor

      Beatrice,

      It should not the any business of any adviser to decide who is and who is not “up to [any] job”. I remember being disappointed at seeing the new Cabinet members being appointed, going in and out of No. 10, but not Steve Baker who had worked very hard to “get Brexit done” to quote another slogan.

      If anyone seems to have an over-inflated estimation of his own importance and abilities, it is Dominic Cummings. He stated, without a blush, at his press conference that he had not considered resigning at any point. Most people would certainly have considered the matter, even if they came to the conclusion that it was not warranted. He has a reputation for being arrogant and that, it seems to me, was a very clear example of it.

      I have mixed views about Cummings, in the sense that – if it is true that Boris is too weak to see Brexit through without him – then I’d want him to stay. However, if he broke the outrageous rules that would cost the rest of us hard cash if we are caught breaking them, then he, too, should pay some price, at least. Not told that he’s an exception. The exceptions should have been made as clear as the rest of the “guidance” at those daily briefings. Otherwise, we can only conclude that we – the hoi polloi – were not supposed, really, to invoke them.

      He, then, along with the rest of the elite who broke the rules (Ian Blackford for his 600 mile trip to Skye, and all the politicians with very professional looking haircuts) should have to pay the price, or at least some price for, at the very least, setting a very poor example of that other infamous slogan “we’re all in this together.” Same slogan used when the austerity policy was introduced, to which I gave the very same response: Yeah right.

      I don’t believe that we got the whole story from Dominic at his press conference. He went out of his way to stress that he did not stop at all on the drive north to Durham from London. He did say he had to stop on the way back, to allow his young son to use the “facilities” in the local woods. So, I’d like to meet the child who can travel the best part of 300 miles without stopping to use any facilities – whether at a service station or convenient country road. I don’t believe it, unless there was some form of in-car facility – in which case, why was it not used on the way home, as well. The question should have been asked by the [mickey mouse] journalists at the press conference but, as far as I know, it’s never been asked. It certainly wasn’t asked at the original press conference where all the numpties wanted to drive home was their desire for him to resign or be sacked.

      I’m aware, by the way, that there are all sorts of motives for various people and groups (like the brain-dead media hacks) wanting rid of Cummings but that is all the more reason why he should have kept himself right and not gone against the very rules he’s contributed to making for the rest of us to keep, without exception. The nurse in Glasgow, whom I mentioned on another thread, who was quizzed by the police in the early hours of the morning when she was waiting for a bus to get to her hospital, wasn’t made an “exception” – she was told to ask her boss for a letter to carry with her, for when she was stopped next time. One rule for one, as the saying has been going, and another rule for the hoi polloi.

      Finally, if, in fact, there has been no breaking of the rules by Cummings, then, from the get-go, before he left London, a statement should have been issued and the matter clearly publicised. As it is, it definitely looks like an exception has been made all right but not one that would apply to the rest of us. Looks bad. Or, as they say in these daft times, “not a good look”!

      May 29, 2020 at 9:44 am
    • Athanasius

      Beatrice

      I think there are a number of other MPs in addition to Steve Baker who have issues with the creepy Cummings, Boris’ Rasputin! There are still questions about where Boris and his sidekick disappeared to for weeks when the fake headline went out that they were self isolating, before the “Boris is at death’s door” scam.

      What are these people actually up to and who are they secretly meeting with when they vanish for days or weeks on end? Something very sinister going on with that pair!

      May 29, 2020 at 11:31 am

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