Thousands, faced with a similar situation, followed advice and stayed home, however difficult this was. Now, the prime minister is wasting valuable time facing constant questions on Cummings’ decision to travel from London to Durham during lockdown.
One feels this is happening because the knives are out. Cummings must be on a six-figure salary, yet he dresses like a tramp, causing hilarity in the world’s media (not a good look when Britain’s export trade makes money on promoting tailoring), and experts public figures to look neat and tidy.
Cummings could have cleared his trip with top officials in Whitehall; unless he is really so unpopular there wasn’t one person whom he could have phoned to ask for advice. There is a growing revolt from within the Conservative party, and now we have an opposition MP resigning on a matter of principle, when she carried out what some would consider a lesser breach of regulations.
In our village today, it is noticeable that people who were scrupulous in following lockdown, now congregating in groups on street corners. As I cycle past I hear comments about “if he can do it.”