As the prime minister’s right-hand man, Dominic Cummings has performed a pivotal position in drawing up the lockdown rules and his choice to interrupt them raises very awkward questions for him and Number 10.
It emerged on Friday night time – by way of the Daily Mirror and Guardian – that Mr Cummings’ household in Durham have been spoken to by the police after their son broke lockdown rules by driving 260 miles to stick with them on their farm regardless of having coronavirus signs.
Others in senior positions who’ve damaged the rules have resigned their posts.
Professor Neil Ferguson stop as a authorities adviser after admitting an “error in judgement” after he broke the rules by permitting his lover to go to his residence in lockdown.
Scotland’s deputy chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood was additionally pressured to stop her job after making two journeys to her second residence throughout the lockdown.
But the prime minister’s chief adviser has no intention of following swimsuit. Instead, Number 10 moved into defence mode on Friday night time as it was made clear Mr Cummings would not be standing down from his put up.
Instead his colleagues started to mount his defence: Mr Cummings and his spouse, Mary Wakefield, have been too in poor health to care for their five-year-old son so travelled to Mr Cummings’ mother and father residence in Durham for assist with their son.
And allies sought to justify that call by referencing remarks made by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries on 10 April when she described being too in poor health to take care of a small youngster was an “exceptional circumstance” and she pointed to accessing household assist (amongst different choices).
But will that defence wash with a public that has been informed for weeks not to go to aged family members below any circumstances, and particularly if in case you have the virus? You are not supposed to depart your own home if in case you have signs, not to mention bounce in your car and drive for 250 miles.
As the neighbour who noticed Mr Cummings in his mother and father’ backyard put it: “I was really annoyed. It’s one rule for Dominic Cummings and one rule for the rest of us.”
Mr Cummings helped Mr Johnson win an election framed round a message of the “elite versus the people”. But his actions will be learn by many as an indication that he is part of an elite for whom the rules do not apply.
Number 10 will face this down. I’m informed there’s “literally zero chance” Mr Cummings will resign. But brace for the backlash, from the opposition, restive Tories and the individuals who elected Mr Johnson as prime minister.