The British government took up defense on Saturday with a close adviser to Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, accused of violating the containment rules set up to fight the spread of Covid-19.
The rules for containment are the same for everyone, Boris Johnson’s adviser or not. The British government had to defend on Saturday, May 23, Dominic Cummings, who is suspected of violating the containment rules to combat the spread of Covid-19.
In late March, Dominic Cummings, 48, left his London home to go to his seventy-year-old parents in Durham, north-east England, when he had symptoms of Covid-19, the Daily Mirror and The watchman.
In the UK, the second country in the world most affected by 36,675 deaths, more than 41,000 including the unconfirmed cases, this deal will generate Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has already been targeted by critics of his handling of the crisis.
With the unveiling of this move, 400 kilometers from London in full containment, calls are multiplied to demand the resignation of the powerful and controversial Dominic Cummings. The brain of the 2016 campaign to withdraw Britain from the European Union, it is sometimes portrayed as a kind of evil genius by the Conservative leader.
An embarrassing deal for the government
Prior to the controversy, a Downing Street spokesman assured Boris Johnson’s adviser had acted in accordance with government recommendations.
To journalists who came to ask him outside his home in London, Dominic Cummings said he had behaved “reasonably and legally”. “Who cares about performances?” He said, “The question is to do what’s right, not what you think.”
“The British people do not expect there is one law for themselves and another for Dominic Cummings,” a Labor Party spokesman said.
Westminster Scottish separatist leader Ian Blackford said “he must resign or be fired”.
A Downing Street spokesman challenged all the rule violations and said the advisor had done so because he needed help looking after his son and had stayed in a building separate from the property. According to this source, his sister left shopping outside for the family.
But for the Labor party, Downing Street raises answers “asking more questions than it answers”.
Who knew about this decision, there was a sanction from the Prime Minister and would Downing Street question the police statements? As it was confirmed to have been informed on March 31 and indicated to have implemented a revocation of the rules applying the national recommendations.
But Downing Street contradicted those claims, stating that “the police never spoke to him (Dominic Cummings) or his family about what was reported.”
Two departures for crimes against internment
Despite the many questions from journalists, the daily press conference Downing Street devoted to corona viruses did not provide the expected clarifications. The recommendations have an element of “common sense”, says Jenny Harries, deputy chief of physicians.
At the time of the facts, Mr Johnson’s government demanded that people only go out to meet their basic needs and demand that they, with symptoms, not leave their homes.
It is reasonable and fair to ask for an explanation for this. And it has been provided: two parents with Coronavirus, eager to take care of their little child. Those now trying to politicize it should look hard in the mirror. https://t.co/fvfvPmlccQ
– Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) May 23, 2020
“Those who want to police” this deal “should look in the mirror,” tweeted Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, saying that the necessary explanations had been provided.
Prior to this case, the United Kingdom had two resignations to have been in breach of its validity since 23 March. An influential scientific advisor, Professor Neil Fergusson, had resigned after having a woman, presented as his mistress, at home.
In early April, the head of Scottish Health, Catherine Calderwood, left her post after admitting having visited her second home twice.