Are you waking up this today thinking ‘I wonder what I missed in UK politics last night?’
Well, even if you weren’t and have one of those things called “a life”, the answer is: a whole lot of drama.
To cut a long story short, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Mirroris alleging that Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings, the mastermind behind the Brexit campaign and the PM’s 2019 election victory, broke lockdown by travelling to Durham to stay with his parents. Cummings apparently made the 264-mile trip from his London home after the PM, who he was in close contact with, was diagnosed with Covid-19. Cummings also isolated with symptoms.
He isn't denying he was staying in Durham, but there’s a bit of a back-and-forth going on about whether Cummings “broke lockdown”. He’s saying (or a “source” close to him is insisting) he didn’t, but many, many people think he did.
He’s also denying that he was spoken to by police, but Durham Constabulary have confirmed they spoke to the owner of the home he was staying in (presumably his parents, so a bit of a technicality there).
Anyway, the fact that Cummings is even being accused of breaking lockdown rules has caused a lot of drama online.
He’s a polarising figure at the best of times, but it seems fairly outrageous that the man advising the PM could have potentially behaved this way.
Medical advisers in Scotland and England (Catherine Calderwood and Neil Ferguson) were forced to resign after being caught breaching lockdown rules, so there’s a huge number of people calling for Cummings’ resignation right now.
From journalists to MPs and “ordinary” people there’s a very long list of people who think Cummings must be sacked or resign.
Here’s a very small sample…
Following the news that Dominic Cummings travelled from London to Durham during lockdown and his behaviour was inve… https://t.co/qqgAtxN6B2
A source close to Cummings is saying (in a tone that sounds extremely like Cummings…) that the story is “fake news”, even if he’s not denying he was in Durham, so we’re not sure precisely which bits he objects to.
Regardless, it doesn’t look like this story is going anywhere, so prepare for a bumpy ride.