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Should Dominic Cummings resign?

Boris Johnson’s adviser travelled more than 260-miles to self-isolate away from London while experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms.

Lockdown questions continue to bombard the Government with the Prime Minister facing pressure to sack his closest aide after it emerged that he travelled to his parents’ home despite coronavirus-related restrictions.

When a reporter suggested to him outside his London home that the trip to Durham did not look good, he replied: “Who cares about good looks?

“It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

His comments follow a statement from Downing Street which said the actions of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser were in line with guidelines, and reports that his family were spoken to by police were incorrect.

A spokesman said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

Political leaders have piled pressure on Mr Johnson to sack the 48-year-old strategist for flouting the rules.

The matter is bound to irritate the public – praised by ministers and officials for its high compliance with the restrictions since they were brought in on March 23 – which faces another bank holiday weekend apart from family members.

According to a joint investigation by the Daily Mirror and the Guardian, at the same time as the UK Government was instructing people to remain home – with fines in place for those contravening the rules – Mr Cummings decided to escape the capital.

Similar examples of public officials ignore lockdown guidelines have led to resignations and condemnation from senior Tories.

When Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist whose modelling prompted the lockdown, quit as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies for flouting distancing rules when he was visited by his girlfriend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “speechless”.

Downing Street had previously confirmed Mr Cummings had started displaying coronavirus symptoms “over the weekend” of March 28 and 29.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said the aide’s position was “completely untenable”.

“He must resign or be sacked,” he added.

The Downing Street aide is accused ‘unbelievable hypocrisy’ on Twitter.

Boris Johnson has come under pressure to sack his top aide and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, speaking at the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing today, said: “I can tell you the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support.”

What are your views? Should Dominic Cummings resign or be sacked? Or did he do the right thing to protect his child? Or is it acceptable that he remains in his current position?

Should Dominic Cummings resign?

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viking
36 minutes ago
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So the chief constable of the Durham area is to involve himself !!
Having now had the opportunity to see more newsreels of the encounter with DC, one can clearly see the 10 to 15 paparatzy+news hounds outside the residence of DC. The scrum would have been interesting for Eddie Jones, cameras and microphones being used as weapons !!??
Why have the police not taken action against these people who were ;-
Not social distancing.
No face protection.
It is hard to believe that all those involved all came from the London area, some maybe came from 260 miles away.
It seems that the police are fearful of taking any action, maybe they are scared of the press barons/TV moguls and their employees.
Whilst some readers will think this has nothing to do with the heading of this column, it does show how the black arts of certain groups of the establishment work.
Wilf
13 minutes ago
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The problem with all this is it is distracting from the main issue which is Covid 19 and people's health. Meanwhile Boris and his government are losing credibility. Cummings just needs to resign; it is getting to be a joke now.
jeanmark
9 minutes ago
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I agree the news media are wrong in the way they are acting, although I feel no sympathy for Mr Cummings, Having seen him try to hit a reporter with his book (who was keeping her distance) and tell them all he didn't care what they thought, he deserves all he gets.

As to the police, what would you expect them to do, if they take action, they are wrong, if they don't take action they are wrong. Remember it isn't the press barons etc. who pay their wage, they are public servants.....
dibank
2 hours ago
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why single him out labour and other co nservatives have been doing it and they were elected he wasn't .it's just a journalistic witch hunt did you see outside his house hey i would have took my family and run.
he is being aggressively bullied but if he harmed himself there would be a whole river of tears from these bullies.
Ukpepsi
9 hours ago
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Geoffrey Bastin
Geoffrey Bastin The Cummings and Goings of a government advisor.
In the grand scheme of things, the story is small. So why are hordes of reporters camped outside Cummings’s house, non-socially distanced, demanding he resign?
Brexit, of course.

The Telegraph‘s Jeremy Warner gave us an insight on May 12th, well before the hysteria about a man driving a car to his parents’ house kicked in.
Engulfed by the pandemic, there are rather bigger fish for everyone to fry due to Britain’s future relationship with the EU. Under prior instructions from their political masters, negotiators on both sides of the fence exist in a bubble all of their own, seemingly oblivious to the storm raging outside.
Past obsessions have been rendered virtually irrelevant by the Covid-19 threat, yet they persist unperturbed amid the confusion of Zoom calls; it is the curse of David Frost and Michel Barnier, the British and EU chief negotiators respectively, to carry on regardless.
A deal to extend the transition in light of the crisis had been all but agreed at official level.
The EU was to have spared the UK’s blushes by proposing it, rather than the other way around. This would have allowed the UK government to present the concession as a favour to the EU, rather than a climb down.
But then Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, returned and the plan, concocted by underlings while he and Boris Johnson were laid up on their sick beds, was scuppered.
You see, while Boris Johnson was out of action and then hospitalised and Dominic Cummings was quarantined with symptoms, the British Civil Service attempted a power grab over the Brexit process and more.
There was an intended delay to the whole thing, facilitated by the British establishment, which would have caused the UK no end of complications in terms of fully extricating itself from the failing Union.
And then, Cummings was back. Something had to be done. And here we are.
The media unknowingly gave us a heads up on the plan, with the Guardian live blogging about the power vacuum at 10 Downing Street early on during Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation.
The New Statesman – a leading left-wing publication – fawned over Sir Mark Sedwill, Britain’s chief bureaucrat, who happens to be virulently anti-Brexit.
Profiles appeared and Sedwill’s influence was noted in a number of publications
In short, the hysteria in Britain’s press is little to do with a man driving across the country to see his parents, or soliciting childcare from them.
It is, once again, about the political establishment with the media in tow attempting to scupper the largest democratic vote in Britain’s history: the vote to leave the European Union.
Lionel
7 hours ago
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dibank
2 hours ago
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jeanmark
2 hours ago
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For goodness sake, this isn't about what the media think or do regarding Brexit. This transcends Brexit, they have wronged people who were just trying to do the right thing for themselves and other people. It is about those ordinary people who have had to make great sacrifices to try and stem the spread of this virus by obeying rules, complied with the input of Mr Cummings, to be treated with contempt by the very people who should be setting an example.

Rather than focusing on the media, maybe you should listen to members of the public, including less rabid Brexiteers, who have had to stay away when the person they love the most has died alone. All those families, many with young children, following the advise of the government rules and the NHS, isolating themselves when one person in the family displayed symptoms of the virus. Now to have it implied they were fools to comply.

I remain astonished that anyone with an independent mind can continue to believe all the lies spoken by those people who have made a career from it.
MikeR3
10 hours ago
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what is certain after all this is that the media are clearly so biased against the govt. they behaved disgustingly both outside his home and during his interrogation.

as for cummings I don't see he has done much wrong when compared to the likes of labour mp Kinnock who decided to drive for a cup of tea from London to wales to see his parents during lockdown.

the only thing that didn't make sense was the testing of eyesight. drive to barnard castle. test how you feel and react maybe but not your eyesight. you should be able to read a number plate from 20m with or without glasses.

time to move on
honestjohn
21 hours ago
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What self respecting person would not do what Dominic Cummings did to protect his partner and child, even if it meant breaking the rules. This has been overblown and turned into a witch hunt by the left wing media, including the Left's unofficial mouthpiece the BBC. Funny they've never mentioned the four Labour MPs who have flaunted the lockdown rules!
Lionel
19 hours ago
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It's quite interesting, Cummings gave a step by step and seemingly factual account of his travels and accommodation. No contact with anyone.

Quite unlike the family who moved in next door to us. They arrived two days after lockdown, kicked off with a riotous barbecue and made a general nuisance of themselves. Drunk a lot of the time, including their youngsters. They were warned about their behaviour by several village heavies. Our local copper, now retired, took note and phoned it in. No action whatsoever.

For so many weeks this family has been entertaining their friends from wherever, house parties and sleep overs for their teenaged kids, and behaving as if this were Blackpool in high season.

Not so bad so far, eh? They came from Central London, the most infected part of the country at the time. He is a doctor! Should not he have obeyed the lockdown rules out of professional etiquette? Seems not.

In short, they mortgaged the health of the people of this village for their own jollies and security. Quite unlike Cummings who isolated himself and family.

I can't help but notice, no press has been crawling around here, even if they could find this spot. NO TV or Police calls.

I may only conclude another agenda for Cummings
nrksenia
22 hours ago
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Many people did travel to isolate with family, for good reasons born out of concern and need.
If what he says is true, then we should give him a break.
However, it should have been more clear that the option was there, if crucial, to make a journey to isolate and care for a vulnerable family member, or if care was needed.
JE
1 days ago
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Having listened to his comments, I am inclined to accept what he has said. Yes the rules may have been stretched but let’s give the man a break. The focus needs to be on getting the country back on its feet not vilifying the man.
jeanmark
1 days ago
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JE, the problem is we may not be able to get the country back on its feet if people believe they can emulate Cummings by not taking lockdown seriously!

The problem when listening to his comments is how can they be disproven? Well, other than for parts of his explanation that take some believing. Would you drive 30 miles with your wife and child in the car to see if your sight was good enough for safety? I'm sorry but I found his explanation just another way of treating us all with contempt.
JE
1 days ago
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Isn’t it funny how different people react to a given situation and if that’s how you feel about it, then fair enough. However let’s face it, there are innumerable people who have not been taking lockdown seriously before this became such a huge issue. Others may well use his example to justify them breaking the rules too but hopefully the majority of us will continue to comply.and that will be sufficient to get the country out of lockdown.
I just think we need to move on from this saga which is distracting time and effort away from the main focus of moving the country forward.
jeanmark
23 hours ago
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I agree there are many people who have broken lockdown, including some Labour MP's, and there appear to be a lot of comments about a 'witch hunt' on Cummings, some even implying it's because of his involvement with brexit and are trying to bring the government down.

I also agree that it is focusing energy way from the real problems facing us all. However, my objection to his actions relate more to the fact that he was instrumental in helping to design the lockdown rules. He, like all those involved with managing this crisis, should be setting an example to us all, but he chose to break the rules as if he is above them. There is now a very high risk that others will do the same because he has made it 'acceptable' do so. No matter what his excuses are, I believe he should go. Maybe then everyone can refocus on getting the country moving forward.
annie24
1 days ago
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Resign? The man should have been sacked ASAP!
ChrisJ124
1 days ago
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Is it normal to test your eyesight by putting your family in a car and driving several miles? Apart from the danger to your own family what about the danger to other road users?
Valleyman
1 days ago
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Mike Graham on Talk Radio named the 'Three Stooges' behind this put up job - Robert Peston, Laura Kunnessberg and Beth Rigby. Three political pundits and mega Remoaners who believe the media is more powerful than the elected government. They decided to ignore the sins of Stephen Kinnock (Lab) -hundreds of miles to wish his dad happy birthday, and Tariq Ali (Lab) - attended a funeral with 100 other mourners. Strange? The media have behaved like a pack of wild dogs, and by so doing they have lost the small amount of public support they had.
Lionel
1 days ago
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Well said, Valleyman. I believe there's much more mileage to this little tale than we know at present.

As they say, watch this space.
Lionel
1 days ago
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I believe our MSM has mislead us yet again. No one should be so surprised.

After reading around I find Cummings declared his main intention to drain the Whitehall swamp as soon as getting hired by Boris.

Who's the chief of that swamp? Mark Sedwill.

Mr Sedwill is top dog of the Civil Service. Not so civil or a service but more poltical these days. He's also chief of so many other agencies it makes him defacto head of state, so much power has he.

But Mr Sedwill, also a former spook, is believed to know where people's skeletons are buried, among others those of Boris. The one man immune to this age old blackmail tactic is Cummings, reputed to be a fairly truthful man, and also once the leader of the Leave campaign. Sedwill is a staunch remainder and arch enemy.

There is very bad blood between these two and with this latest wheeze, Sedwill has gained first blood. Our two faced press has weighed in to sell papers or airtime. 2 metre distancing? Not for them. Truthfulness? Nah! But the fact that Cummings drove to his family home is a treason for which there must be a witch hunt and a show trial.

But it ain't over until the fat lady sings! No one knows what Cummings holds on Sedwill. Could be very interesting.
Paulmck
1 days ago
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Wings clipped maybe, there was a danger that he thought that he sat on the right hand of God.
He has been usefull, and has helped to bring about Brexit.
His other virtue is that he is not an MP or member of the government so he is not jockeying for position.
Mari50
2 days ago
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Most definately. In fact he has set a poor example to everyonr.
Irene88
2 days ago
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If we were ill and our child needed looking after what we would do?
I'd not hesitate to do whatever necessary for my child.
Throughout the Covid 19 issue the press anti Brexit anti Boris group have gone out of their way to discrdiet everything that has been done.

We know it's not perfect ,but hindsight is a wonderful thing!
Margaret Hart
2 days ago
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He is a very bad example for everybody particularly teenagers and other young adults. He helped make the rules yet thought it okay to break them. Everybody is getting sick now and some are lonely and depressed so if they try to make more rules people are going to think what’s the point and go their own way. You only need to look face book and see what some stupid people are saying to see that they will go their own way

People should always lead by example. Dominic Cummings is an extremely arrogant man who thinks he can do as he likes and it’s time the realised that’s the rules and laws of our country apply to him as well. He also looks scruffy and untidy as though he has no self respect and certainly doesn’t earn any.
Valleyman
2 days ago
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I'm starting to understand why the media and North London elite (same thing) are treating Cummings different to all the other high profile (possible) rule-breakers. The Remoaners want revenge. Cummings is the architect of Brexit and the media want to put him in his place. Stand up to them Boris. You are the one we elected.
jeanmark
2 hours ago
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I certainly didn't vote for the buffoon and maybe you should check your spelling - note: remainers didn't need to come up with any insult for those with different views......
Supersabre
2 days ago
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While obviously extremely foolish, the world and its wife hounding him and Boris Johnson, i am reminded of an old biblical quote " let those who are without sin, cast they the first stone".
viking
2 days ago
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Interestingly the paparatzy definately were NOT SELF DISTANCING OUT SIDE HIS HOME and yet they are the ones crowing for him to be sacked. Absolute hypocrasy just like some of the threads here.
One rule for the paparatzy and one rule for the rest of us ????
joyousjoy
2 days ago
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He appears to be a very arrogant man with very little respect for others.
He is not irreplaceable and should definitely go.
How can we trust the guidelines if those who make them ,flout them.
If Boris does not sack him then maybe he should go too.
This is not a time to stick by your buddy at the cost of the general public’s health , in a PANDEMIC !!!
Zillah
2 days ago
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I didn’t write this but someone else with a different perspective did. I agree absolutely

A man who none of us have met has a wife who is ill with COVID-19 and a toddler to look after. He anticipates, correctly, that he will soon be in a bad state himself with the virus. While he is still in a fit state to arrange transport, he takes his wife and child to self-isolate at a location where younger members of his extended family who were not in an at-risk group (e,g, his sister) were able and willing to care for the toddler if the worst came to the worst and he and his wife became incapacitated.

The three of them self-isolated in a separate building from the rest of his family. His elderly parents live close by, but he didn't visit them or anyone else while self-isolating and he wasn't expecting them to provide emergency help with the toddler.

Apparently this means he should be sacked, have a media crowd (who weren't socially distancing) outside his front door, and hung drawn and quartered. I'm struggling to see what the problem with his actions is. The risk of transmitting the virus was negligible. In order to take this course of action, an unoccupied building close to his extended family where he could self isolate was needed. That won't be available for most people, so the fact that other families didn't take up an option that wasn't available to them is irrelevant. If this had happened when I still had a young child and I had been in the same situation and had had this option for ensuring its wellbeing if the situation deteriorated (the option wouldn't have been available to me) then I wouldn't rule out taking the same action, and I wouldn't have expected to be sacked for it.

As he had some involvement with drawing up the rules, he will know what they are, much better than any of us on here. Whether they were broken is highly debateable. The fact that Piers Morgan thinks they were broken doesn't mean that they actually were. Even if they were, should we really condemn anyone for a possible minor breach that posed negligible risk of virus transmission (which after all is the point of the lockdown) done to ensure safety of their child.

If others now commit blatant breaches with no extenuating circumstances that do risk increased transmission because of this, then perhaps the media should reflect on their reporting of it.
DiF3
2 days ago
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100% agree with you. Labour demanding his resignation but they did not demand Kinnock resign when he visited his dad on his birthday!! This whole Dominic thing has turned into a witch hunt. Cannot believe the amount of time the news is giving this. I just hope Boris sticks to his guns and does not make Dominic resign.
jeanmark
2 days ago
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How many families with very young children do you think were in the same position but obeyed the rules. At the time he traveled 250 miles, the rules clearly stated that should you or any member of your immediate family show symptoms of the virus, all must remain in isolation and not leave the house. I addition, it is known that although children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious. As a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), he would have known this.

The concern that I have about this whole situation is the blatant lies that many appear to think are acceptable because of who he is. As one of the people instructed to shield and stay in my house for 3 month, I would prefer everyone to obey the rules so that people like me can at last go for a simple walk!
Yagala
2 days ago
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Well I am surprised the this moment of truthfulness, who decided to vote for Boring Yeltsin and his sidekick? I did not and now everyone and his uncle all of a sudden is against it what a wonder.
Next time when you might be voting again better think into the future first before you put your cross on the voting paper.
Now we have a philander and womaniser sa a PM and his liar next on the same throne.
You chose now you have to live with it, like it or not.
olivep
2 days ago
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Rules are rules - there are no excuses!
Valleyman
2 days ago
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Whatever the rights or wrongs of Dominic Cummings actions, he is too much of a distraction to continue in his post. We are dealing with a pandemic and we need to stay focused (and indoors). He should resign. He knows it will only be temporary before being re-instated in a few months, and I'm sure he will still have input from outside number 10.
ebrown3441
2 days ago
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Dominic Cummings is happy if we die. He is interested as is Boris Jognson in winning the nest election and he does not care about me or vulnerable prople like me except as it affects voting.
JackieBrown
2 days ago
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He not only took his wife and son to stay at a property on his family's farm when he and his wife were supposedly displaying symptoms, he returned, yet again, a week after the quarantine visit ended.
He was spoken to by the police the first time and has had a visit from them again at his London address.
Too many of these high-ranking politicians, aides and experts seem to think that the rules do not apply to them.
This is not acceptable.
BettyL
2 days ago
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He should resign or be sacked ,too much of the old boys club,,he’s done blatantly wrong ,thought rules apply to everyone .
viking
3 days ago
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There are dark forces around Whitehall who will try their level best to weaken this governments strategy. Much money from China and USSR are being spent to stir at every available opportunity and will try to inflame citizens of the UK and take away the normal placid demure and turn it into hatrid. Looking through this thread it looks as if their money is well spent and is having the effect that they are striving for.
Wilf
2 days ago
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Do you really think they are that smart Viking? I think we cause enough problems by ourselves arguing. The one thing that every Brit has is an opinion...which is why we spend so much time arguing and not enough time doing!
Symo
3 days ago
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If dc gets away with this Boris will be a one time government
Catton
3 days ago
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Totally agree with Jeank75.
I am absolutely furious that DC thinks he can breach Lockdown and all will be fine. Does he have a special exemption....I think not. The arrogance of the man is unbelievable.
My daughter was seriously ill with Cvirus for over 3 weeks. I was desperate to see her but would not travel over 300 miles as I was obeying the rules and not compromising myself or anyone else. While my neighbour was in hospital with Cvirus his wife also took it and isolated at home with their two young children.
DC had no valid reason for going to Durham.
Britain 's response to the virus has been behind in everything and this is the final straw.
RitaW5
3 days ago
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Another witch-hunt! For goodness sake ,aren’t we supposed to be being kind to each other ! None of you know anything other than that which the press want to manipulate with! None of you know with absolute certainty how you would behave in any circumstance and I’ve yet to meet anyone who has never erred and gone against the grain. Just have a thought about your right to be judgemental then hopefully you won’t be!
CathU
3 days ago
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He has only done what any decent father would do - make sure his child is safe and healthy. There are lots of other members of the public who have broken the rules for a day out just for pleasure.- at least he is thinking of this child, and not being selfish.
jeanmark
2 days ago
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So you believe that keeping his son in a small enclosed space for a number of hours is protecting him? At Saturdays briefing, Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, stated clearly that such an environment increased the risk of catching the virus. As for those who flaunt the rules for pleasure, they are not the Chief Advisor for the Prime Minister and would have been involved with compiling the very recommendations he chose to ignore.
JackieBrown
2 days ago
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Good grief! He's a well-paid government employee. He has a sister and his own aide living within walking distance of his London house and could potentially call upon the services of many people local to his home.
He is not your average Joe Public who may be isolated from all friends and family because of the virus.
He had absolutely no need to travel to a house on his parent's farm.
He most certainly had no need to go back there a week after his quarantine ended for another visit.
Others have been sacked/resigned for less. The rules should apply equally to everyone and I am not surprised that he was visited, at his London home, by the police.
Zillah
2 days ago
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There is also Stephen Kinnock (travelled from London to Wales in March for his Dads birthday). and the MP for Birmingham Green (attended a funeral last Wed with over 100 mourners —. oh that’s ok he apologised). who broke the rules for no urgent purpose.

Kier Starmer has the audacity to call for DC’s sacking/resignation. Why has he not sacked these 2.

There is a hidden agenda behind most of those calling for his resignation. Several of the remoaner conservative MPs want him gone. Most others are of a different political persuasion. Well I for one hope he ain’t going. No one was harmed by his actions ( were they?). which to him were in his child’s best interests.

We are all grown ups. We don’t need to stop self isolating and keeping a distance because we THINK he didn't. He kept a distance from his elderly parents. He self isolated.
Zillah
2 days ago
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How do you know he went back there a week later?
JanetR83
3 days ago
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There are no excuses
Clog Dancer
3 days ago
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Under the circumstances I would have done exactly the same thing
Llin
3 days ago
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How about fining ALL the PRESS who travel around the country looking for negative news to report
nanabet48
3 days ago
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Absolutely agree Llin - and don't observe social distancing rules! You only have to watch the news reports to see them crowding together. Who are they to talk about double standards - and let's face it, is it really necessary for them to travel about to report on these stories?
Llin
3 days ago
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He followed the government instructions to everyone . He did NOT break any rules
Billythequiche
3 days ago
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Once you get past the knee jerks like "sack the bounder" or "slimy cheat should be beaten to a pulp", there are several things to consider. One of my firsts thoughts was if the blankety blank SNP puppet says he ought to go then ergo, he must stay; but that is definitely based on personal taste, or actually distaste.
It is no secret that the left hate him with a fervour that is almost demonic. Equally, the "mandarins" in the civil service hate him for not being "one of us" and his lack of respect and courtesy to the demonstrably incompetent. Either of these groups are capable and willing to use dirty tricks and blatant lies to bring him down. Witness the recent attacks on Pritti Patel that bordered on sexist/racist.
So, did he breach the rules? If it was the single incident first reported and the circumstances were as he claimed; he probably broke the spirit of the rules rather than the letter. Was it sensible for someone in his position? Certainly not. Was it a panicked act of a worried parent? It's impossible to tell. If the accusations that there was a second incident are proved to be true beyond the imaginings of a zealous busybody, there can be NO excuse.
Was it acceptable to say to the public that HE thought he was right and did not care what it looked like? Not from someone in the corridors of power certainly.
My position?
If only guilty of the first accusation, he should be censured and punished but perhaps not sacked.
If both are proved, no choice, must be sacked.
For stating publicly that he does not care what anyone but himself thinks, he should be sacked.
He should not be judged on the alter of politics. rather he should be judged on how someone in his position should behave. The government cannot seem to have one rule for the public and another for those in public service.
Wipeout
3 days ago
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Well said...I am not even going to try adding to that as you have extracted my thoughts entirely.
daedalus
3 days ago
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If he lets Dominic Cummings walk away Scott free Bo-Jo is ,in effect, saying that the rest of the country can do and go exactly as and where they like and that lockdown no longer applies.
arnoldbradford
3 days ago
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A case of do what we say not what we do sack the flaming waster.
Poppyrose
3 days ago
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You cannot dictate a policy that keeps people in their homes and unable to travel any distance and then skip off 260 odd miles because he had 'symptoms'. Wasn't it his mothers birthday? His comments since the furore broke have shown he is dismissive about 'ordinary' people's views and it's that disdain that is unacceptable. The 'do as I say not as I do' attitude is wrong. Presumably he had to stop for a break on the drive so how many people did he come into contact with.
Zillah
2 days ago
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No it was his wife’s birthday whilst he was there. You may be mixing him up with Stephen Kinnock who drove from London to Wales back in the same month for his father’s birthday!!! He wasn’t sacked.
Joan Fraser
3 days ago
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He's an arrogant disgrace! I can't believe a career couple like this don't have childcare at their finger tips-and can access it easier than single parents or essential workers on limited budgets. Lies are being compounded and we who have sacrificed so much, are being made a mockery of for our efforts, Any Govt that has been instructing and pleading the case to Stay Safe, Stay At Home, Save NHS, will be viewed as mutineers and traitors to the population if they accept Cummings varying stories and allow him to stay
PeterC13
3 days ago
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He clearly went against government advice designed to save lives and kept it secret and has no remorse. He should be sacked immediately without any doubt. By not doing so the government is diluting its messaging about obeying its advice which will cause further deaths.
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It’s the arrogance of this so called senior advisor. It’s clearly a case of asking the minions to do as I say not do as I do. For a salary of somewhere between £90k-£120k plus perks , described as three times the average wage too, this guy is so out of touch with ordinary people making extraordinary sacrifices to protect our loved ones and the NHS . It’s time to go Dominic Cummings! You weren’t elected ! You’re a poor choice of judgement from a weak and fluffy leader . There will be those this morning who watched the ministers yesterday rally round to support your actions and wrong doings thinking , well what the heck ! We can all justify going out but we were asked not to . . . So we didn’t !! Please don’t use your 4 year old as an excuse for your arrogance !! And don’t insult our intelligence any more ! Just go !!
JeanK75
3 days ago
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This makes me think the public will feel justified in interpreting the government guidelines and instructions as they see fit . .I was disappointed that the medical advisor appeared at Downing Street to answer questions. The fact that she did not say what happened was wrong casts doubt on the credibility of all the advisors who appear with the government.
Apart from physical illness the separation of family being far away has caused considerable mental strain and in some cases anguish on many of the general public
I would also like to know if both had parents had the virus was there someone fit to drive ? What would have happened in the event of an accident/breakdown. Was a petrol station/toilet used? What risk was there to staff/other members of the public who might have come into contact with. them.? Why did a family member not come to London and isolate with the child somewhere safe? Have they no friends who could have brought food? What did their doctor advise? Did they think of contacting one of the many voluntary community organisations set up to help those in need during the pandemic?
rainbow17
3 days ago
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I think he did what was sensible under the circumstances but I think his attitude towards the media when questioned was unforgivable and for that alone, he should resign.
Linthom
3 days ago
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He should do the decent thing and resign as his position is untenable.
GabriellaG
3 days ago
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I think Dominic Cummings did what was sensible in the circumstances, as - I’m sure - did many other people under their particular circumstances if necessary.
JE
3 days ago
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How are the circumstances of his trip in line with guidance, Seems like it’s one rule for him and another for the rest of us. His actions and subsequent comments leave it open to others to interpret the rules as they see fit. His position has become untenable and he should do the decent thing and resign.
Munsterlander
3 days ago
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"Don't do as I do ...do as I say"..Cummings reminds me as of a manipulative puppet master controlling poor little Boris..like the village idiot. Well he has been caught out now. This is the thing I just love about the UK.... because of freedom of the press people just cannot get away with anything and especially if you think you are "oh so superior " like dear Mr Cummings-Goodbye!!!!!
AnnM484
3 days ago
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Come on Boris; you know he stepped well over the line, cut him loose before the nation turn on you.
AnnH887
3 days ago
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It demeans everything we have done. We were told to stay at home. Some people didn’t have anyone with them to help but they stayed at home. He believes he is above others.
MerylR
3 days ago
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It's a kick in the teeth for all those who faced similar situations and stuck it out, following the rules laid out for all of us
Sadmum14
3 days ago
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A person of principle would not have acted in this way in the first place .
He will not resign as he believes he is above the law.

Boris Johnson is shameful for allowing him to behave in this manner as are the members of the government who are backing him .

What about the thousands of single mums who “have/had COVID 19, what did they do ? They took their responsibility to their family and the community serious and did what the same government who bend the rules to suit themselves instructed they stayed at home !!
MadMazza
3 days ago
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DC was well enough to drive nearly 300 miles and therefore well enough to look after his son at home. He drove a poorly wife. If things didn't go well he could have asked a member of his family to drive to London. We were all clearly asked to stay at home if we showed symptoms. Many people had children to look after and did not drive across the country. He put emergency services at risk if he had broken down or had an accident. This was a long drive for a 4 year old child without a stop! A long drive for someone who was not well, his wife! He could have developed more serious symptoms as he was driving too putting his wife and child at risk. Matt Hancock told us all it was instructions to stay at home and isolate/self isolate at home. It was clear children should go no-where near their grandparents even for child care.
Jhooker6
3 days ago
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I don’t like the guy, but I would have done the same to make sure someone could have looked after my child if we became so unwell we couldn’t do it ourselves.
HelenP5
3 days ago
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He thinks he is better than everyone else and can do what he wants. Public opinion hopefully will show him he can't!
AnneC912
3 days ago
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We can all sympathise with his intentions. Maybe the actual wording of the guide is open to interpretation but the message was clearly stated and frequently That the family stay home. He may have travelled before showing symptoms but his wife did have symptoms and should not have travelled. The issue going forward is if there has to be another lock down are the public going to interpret it in their own way and if so where does that leave the police?
IanS27
3 days ago
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I assume BoJo and others oked his trip. It's unlikely that he would have just taken off. A shambles all round.
Silly stuff going on: quarantine for this flying in is the latest crazy idea: weeks behind other countries, some who are now testing at their airports.
Of course, no quarantine for this free of the virus...
sueoak
3 days ago
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Lead by example.....
Wilf
3 days ago
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On balance I think he should resign-he is a key part of the government although not elected and lockdown is lockdown. I have not been to see my brothers even though they are only 5 miles away as we are supposed to be in lockdown.
ChrisJ124
3 days ago
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IMO he should resign. We were instructed if we showed symptoms of the virus we must isolate. This man allegedly drove from London to Durham risking spreading disease. A person in such a powerful position I feel sure he would have been able to get his child looked after in London, should it have become necessary.
Valleyman
3 days ago
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He was looking after his family. Unlike Stephen Kinnock (Lab) who was visiting his dad Neil for his birthday.
LindaG27
3 days ago
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Google Dominics mums birthday you may find it’s APRIL. Coincidence I think not
guiness
3 days ago
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He used his common sense. He got his young child to a safe place before he and his wife got really sick. He wasn’t in contact with anyone else. They just got in their car and went from A to B.
Yes He flouted the lockdown but for a very valid reason. There are many thousands of people flouting the lockdown everyday for no good reason at all. We don’t hear the politicians and tabloids baying for their blood!
Politicians and newspapers please don’t turn this into yet another political football. Our country is sick to the back teeth of the petty bickering and name calling over the last few years. As a nation let us heal - We have had enough to deal with
Ask Dominic to pay his fine like any other citizen. He shouldn’t be expected to pay with his job as well
jeanmark
3 days ago
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His child was in a safe place as he lived with them, when one if them developed possible symptoms. He denies being questioned by the police, thereby calling them liars. The piece his wife wrote in The Spectator implies they stayed in London, is he implying she has also lied?

The regulations clearly state that if a member of a family displays symptoms, all in the household must isolate regardless of age. His is not the only family who has had the virus but those families followed the 'rules' and did not travel 250 miles to stay with family members, particularly parents in the vulnerable age group.

At the briefing today, the medical representative stated quite clearly that travelling in a car and thus in an enclosed atmosphere, was a very good way of spreading the virus to anyone in the car. So much for taking his son to safety!
HowardT
3 days ago
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If he does not get fired It will be further proof that these people as we know are just liars who think that they are better than us who are just commoners and are here to be deceived.
forheavenssake
3 days ago
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No I dont think he should resign. I dont like the bloke but we always seem to feel it necessary to demonise anyone who might step, in their opinion, out of line. He did no worse than all the revellers on the beaches last weekend who incidently werent even reprimanded. No sign of police there.

We've got far more urgent problems to deal with as a nation. I am totally fed up of all this finger pointing. Lets get on with getting our country back. There's a lot to do. Many will lose their jobs and struggle financially for years to come. There will be huge emotional repercussions also.

Forget about Dominic Cummings. Its not even worth talking about
PatrickL
3 days ago
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there is no way he should resign ,he didnt travel for a holiday or for any form of pleasure or leisure reason ,but because of illness and what he judged to be the best way of dealing with the situation for the welfare of his family ,he went to an available refuge where family support was at hand ,and remained static at that place for the appropriate isolation period ,the endless baying of the anti brexit eurohacks bought and paid for by brussells doesnt alter the facts ,but does demonstrate that attacking the government is more important to the majority of our so called journalists than any of the important news about the transport plans for the future of this country or anything else
LindaG27
3 days ago
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His wife’s brother lives in London Google his mothers birthday. Coincidence ???
PhoebeG
3 days ago
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As a grandparent myself I agree totally with what he did
LanceFogg
3 days ago
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No. He should be sacked. I'm fed up with the number of individuals who think they are above the law, particularly those who fashion the law in the first place. It is the height of hyprocisy.
FredaW5
3 days ago
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If he should resign then so should Kinnock
anubis
3 days ago
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I have been shielding with my immediate family for over 10 weeks and to be honest in his position I would have done the same to have my child safe. He didn`t treat it as a holiday stayed in isolation and only returned when he was safe to do so. There are more pressing concerns like the press not social distancing outside his home for instance. At today`s briefing I was really annoyed by the same question rephrased by the reporters that I turned it off when what I want to know is how long before I can go out and how I can do it safely not all this nit picking.
LindaG27
3 days ago
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You would get out quicker if Dominic Cummings never stopped anywhere on his 260 mile journey with a 4 year old in the car. They could of infected quite a few people
Robyn65
3 days ago
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Why should Dominic Cummings have special rights over and above all the residents of the UK? Hundreds of thousands of people are staying home, not making any "non essential" trips yet he is able to travel to Durham to be with his family. What about all the key workers, hospital staff and carers who are choosing to live away from their families to ensure they do not spread coronavirus should they contract it through their working with coronavirus infected patients? How many weeks has it been for them to not be with their families? What about families who are not allowed to visit their dying loved ones in hospital nor attend funerals? What makes this man so special? My husband and I have been living separately since 12 March because of lock down. We manage well thanks to social media - What'sApp, Messenger and emails. Again, what makes this man so special? Catherine Calderwood resigned over the 2nd home issue, Prof Neil Ferguson resigned for undermining lock down. Dominic Cummings do the decent thing and resign. For that matter: Boris himself should resign because he returned home to convalesce instead of returning to Downing Street. Rule for one when it should be rule for all regardless.
PamelaW78
3 days ago
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He clearly believes himself to be so far above the rest of us that the rules don't apply. I doubt if he will resign, as he believes himself to be immune. Who looks after the child when they are both working?
BTowse
3 days ago
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He should be sacked.
He has clearly broken the regulations we are all expected to abide by. Not only were we all told to stay at home but it was very clearly set out by the government that anyone who any of the symptoms of the virus should stay at home in isolation. Instead he drove over 250 miles, taking the virus to another part of the country. They state they were trying to protect their 4 year old son. How many people can travel that far with a 4 year old without at least one comfort break, spreading the virus there.
His wife helped to cover up their breaking of these rules by posting that he'd collapse and was in bed; implying that they were still in London.
How many other families would have appreciated the option of being able to travel any distance, to get support from extended family?
SusanC623
3 days ago
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Everyone else is self isolating and abiding by the recommendations, he should have stayed at home. Other families have had to manage without any support
Sue
3 days ago
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I know he went against the rules of lockdown but he says he was worried what would happen to his 4 year old son should he become ill as well as his wife. Having no immediate family living near to him I think he felt he had no choice. As long as he didn't come into contact with anyone else i don't see why he should resign. When you see all these idiots deliberately flouting the rules ignoring the 2 metre rule and having parties with lots of people what he did is nothing in comparison. Surely common sense should come into play. I think it's just the opposition parties wanting to cause trouble for the government. The parties should all be together finding ways to get us all out of this terrifying situation.
JenniferB43
3 days ago
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apparently he did have relatives nearby so did not need to go all that way to be with his parents who he put at risk not to mention other people. And how many people did he and Boris hand on the virus too before they got symptoms?
LindaG27
3 days ago
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His wife’s brother lives in London Do you think they drove 260 miles with a 4 year old without stopping for food or toilets
RitaW5
3 days ago
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Lots of assumptions going on on this subject!
Joe Slater
3 days ago
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People will believe what they want to believe without any regards to the truth. What state would this country be in if Labour had won the election and throw open the doors so that any tom, dick or harry could come to this country. If he has broken the law then charge him and take through the courts, not be tried and found guilty in the court of imbeciles or public opinion.
YvonneB8
3 days ago
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Why is it that so many in and around government have come down with the virus. What other rules have they not been following.
Marley444
3 days ago
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He should resign now before he causes any more friction! The bit I don't understand is, if him and his wife allegedly had the symptoms of Covid19, there was no room for misinterpretation of the rules 'Stay At Home'. Why was it sensible for him to take the virus to his family???? And surely if they had been in contact with there son, then he potentially had it and had to quarantine with the too. I am sure they would have been able to care for each other like others have managed to do. Why did they feel the need to risk others to help them care for their child???
CaroleAH
3 days ago
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Of course he should resign - but, no doubt he is a member of the "do as I say, not as I do" brigade!
JohnE86
4 days ago
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He should resign today before he is pushed.
Otherwise it will be seen as one rule for us and one rule for the.
People will stop taking notice of all lock-down rules.
Wilf
3 days ago
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I totally agree John. Politicians should be whiter than white. I know he is not in Government but he is one of the team who sets the rules.
Bald123
4 days ago
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What an idiot. Well you know what they say. "Once a fool, always a fool."
MrsPat
4 days ago
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He should resign immediately. It is unbelievable these people are elected by us and they behave as if they are above us. As Mrs Thatcher would say NO, NO, NO and handbag him. Silly little man.
BTowse
3 days ago
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He wasn't even elected. He's a paid employee who has broken the rules. He ought to be sacked.
skygrowler
3 days ago
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didn't you know that they think they are above you before you voted them in ?
PamelaW78
3 days ago
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He wasn't elected. He has grabbed power because Boris has allowed it. When a SPAD becomes the story, they usually resign.

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