RT @jimwaterson: Dominic Cummings allegedly spotted wandering around Durham in mid-April. This would suggest he had already finished quarantine, returned to London, gone to Downing Street, then later returned back up north again. https://t.co/IssfiOjiL9
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I won't lie, when this story broke on Friday I couldn't get mad because, in the same conditions, I would have done the same. If my wife is ill, if I am becoming symptomatic, and my best support network is 260 miles away with an empty guest house, it's a no brainer. I want to get there while I am well enough to transport my family there, so in case we are incapacitated my kid can be looked after by family. I despise the man, both due to his actions as a human and his ideas towards humanity, but on Friday night I couldn't call for him to go because deep down I know I would have done it.
But, now we know the truth. This was not a mercy dash. This was flaunting. This was a minor holiday. As people watched their beloved get burried on Zoom, or worse were there and unable to hold together people broken by the agony of death, he drove back and forth to look at bluebells.
I haven't seen my family since January. If he is still in a job on Monday night, I drive to them on Tuesday morning. Fuck lockdown, it's over.
>I haven't seen my family since January. If he is still in a job on Monday night, I drive to them on Tuesday morning. Fuck lockdown, it's over.
And risk how many people you've never met or will ever meet? What gives you the right to endanger life because you're pissed off at the government?
Whether you individually agree or not, this will be the takeaway for most people. If Downing Street defend this guy’s decision to visit his mum for her birthday, stroll amongst the bluebells and pop to a local tourist town, then it clearly sends the message that those things are a-ok.
I think Johnson has had enough. He wanted the title but not the responsibility. He's become the invisible man of UK politics (cf Nicola Sturgeon).
At the end of this latest disastrous Tory term, I'd be astonished if Johnson was the one leading them into the next GE.
Wow can’t believe the witness has allowed their identity to be revealed. They’re well and truly involved with this now, probably have reporters camping outside their house. I’d have wanted to stay anonymous I think...
He should be sacked but, functionally, it won't make any difference. They're hardly going to delete each others' numbers and never talk again, but what it may do is weaken Bozo even further. He's still to fully recover from covid and from understanding the full seriousness of exactly what being elected prime minister actually means. I reckon Murdoch is lining up Gove for a Putsch. And the whole of the UK has to suffer in the meantime.
Wakefield would later give an account of her husband’s Covid-19 experience in an article for the Spectator. “Dom couldn’t get out of bed. Day in, day out for 10 days he lay doggo with a high fever and spasms.”
you know, it says so much that literally every top tier tory is out defending this guy, an unelected advisor and they are risking it all for him and making a mockery of the rules. this guy is the king and boris just the puppet, no way they would do this normally.
It's a publically funded broadcaster, on pain of imprisonment.
The least you can expect is that their political editor does not have her tongue so far up the arses of Tory ministers that she's single handedly saving them a fortune on bog roll.
She reports accounts from government sources as uncritically analysed explanations of what actually happened when a story damaging to the government is released, and the lies contained within these then become part of the larger narrative: see for example when somebody told her that Labour had had their supporters bussed in to "Leeds hospital" to disrupt Hancock, or literally last night when she said the police hadn't been involved when they very clearly had.
Basically, she comes off more like a government spokesperson half the time than a journalist, and it is ALWAYS in favour of them rather than this just being part of how she operates.
Political editor at the publicly funded BBC is a hugely prominent position in the field of british political news media, she's the peak of the entire BBC being recentred into being the media arm of the Conservative party, not just the government.
I've seen Peston get stick too but not as bad. Keunssberg is just too close to government and doesn't critically analyse from what I see. She was getting abuse earlier whilst reporting the No.10 statement, which I thought at the time was uncalled for. She didn't follow up with anything though so in the end it was justified.
Katya Adler used to get a lot of stick too for her reporting on the EU during the Brexit period, but she has improved immensely as far as I know. Basically whatever sources she was using initially weren't very good.
I do wonder is why these witnesses who saw him up north didn't go public with this sooner? We're now well over a month further down the line and this would've been so much more damning had it been 'caught in the act' it a couple of days later
It's despicable what he's done and he should be sacked for it but if you have info like that on someone it's on the publics interest to make that known and it would be easier to be investigated by journalists
It *was* investigated by journalists.
That’s why he didn’t just go public himself and why it’s taken some time to come to light. Better for things to be verified and double sourced than him get it wrong and falsely tar someone’s name.
Not really - people have now made sacrifices, and they will take more note of this because most of the country has been abiding by the rules and for many it has been absolute hell. This wouldn't have had quite the same reaction back in March.
Not to mention, get the government to defend it - just when everyone is already losing faith in them - and now releasing this. Outstanding journalism.
Lovely bit of journalism here. Release the first bit of info, watch them all scurry to cover it up, change their stories (although I bet they never expected the cabinet members to defend him so strongly) then release a bit more to blow those excuses to bits.
And this is after they were both diagnosed? They were busy going out and spreading thier germs everywhere? Absolute bloody cunt. Thousands are dead across the country due to this disease. Did he contribute?