Before this pandemic, I rarely, actually, I never talked about politics. Purely because it’s a subject that doesn’t interest me and I wouldn’t have a clue how to initiate a conversation with it. I just know who the prime minister is and where he lives. And Brexit. I know the word Brexit. Nowadays I’m always complaining about something to do with politics, the pandemic has helped with that I think (in a weird way!)
Very recently, Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings has come under a huge amount of fire after it was discovered that he took a 250 mile round trip to Durham to see his parents during lockdown.
He has told the media in a press conference (which by the way he was late for, which didn’t help his cause) his reasons for doing it and trying to justify his actions. I watched the press conference in dismay and frustration. He stated that he went up north because there was nobody to look after his child in London because he thought his wife had Covid. What was even more baffling is that he took a trip to Barnard Castle to check that he was safe to drive because his vision isn’t brilliant – with his child in the back seat. I have no words.
I’m seeing his fellow politicians and colleagues defend him on Twitter and in interviews on news channels. How they can justify the actions of this man is beyond me. The fact that the Prime Minister has backed him to the hilt shows how much of a coward and wimp we have running our country.
If a normal member of the public did the exact same thing as he did, they would have been heavily fined and even arrested. It’s clear that it’s one rule for them but the rest of us have got to suffer. It’s an insult to us who have followed the lockdown rules religiously and not going to see our friends and family when we miss them like crazy. It’s now made people think that they can do exactly the same thing and travel here, there and everywhere because if a politician who enforced the lockdown rules can break them, then why can’t we?
There have been a lot of calls for him to resign from so many journalists and people online have voiced their grievances too.
I have to say that I think that he should resign. Breaking lockdown rules is bad enough, but trying to justify them to us makes you look even more guilty. If you set the rules with the Prime Minister, follow them through yourself. He could have easily have got somebody in London to look after his child while he could care for his wife. A family friend, a trusted neighbour, even his sister who apparently lives in London also. I understand that things are scary right now and you sometimes can’t think straight when there is a crisis on your hands. But goodness, surely he must have known the backlash he was going to receive was going to be very significant and make a lot of us angry
Obviously everyone is going to have differing opinions on this. I’ve seen some people tweet on Twitter to let it go and just focus on getting through this pandemic. That’s a good point, however, try and tell that to the millions of angry and infuriated people who can’t see their loved ones in hospital, the ones who can’t say goodbye to their loved ones who are dying and those parents who can’t sit with their children during cancer treatment.
The hashtag #Cumgate had me in hysterics. The fact that in 2020 during a pandemic, somebody could come up with a hashtag like that is quite remarkable. At least we’ve kept our sense of humour.