Downing Street The Downing Street is dominating the front pages of UK newspapers, with anger mounting over reports that Boris Johnson’s top associates have ignored lockdown rules for multiple trips across England.
The government spent the first part of the story on Dominic Cummings batting on Saturday, as his wife, Kovid-19, fell ill with symptoms while traveling from London to Durham.
The ministers said Cummings, often portrayed as the prime minister of the Brexit campaign and Boris Johnson, went to his parents’ home only to take care of the children – a trip that clearly went against the guidelines that people do not travel to see. Be self-isolated in one place if you have family members and symptoms.
Much of this defense, however, was based on the idea that Cummings made only one trip. Witnesses saw Cummings again near Durham on multiple dates in April, after he recovered from his Covid-19 symptoms, The Observer and the Daily Mirror reported on Saturday evening.
The two stories worked together on the story, with their Sunday edition making new demands and Johnson calling for Kamsings to be fired.
Downing Street said in a scathing response to the latest story that “our time will not be wasted in responding to false allegations about Mr. Cummings from the campaign” – a significant attack on two national research papers that implies they will not support their defense.
But calls for his resignation intensified on Sunday, when Conservative MPs began breaking party lines and urging Cummins to leave. Influential backbencher Steve Baker says Johnson’s government is giving so much political capital to save Cummins’ jobs that it’s “unbearable”.
Simon Hower added on Twitter: “Lockdown was a challenge for everyone. This is his equestrian “I don’t care; I’m smarter than you “The tune that encourages people. He’s hurting the Prime Minister / Government now and I don’t like it.”
Cummings’ anti-establishment message, rude and prepared demeanor and ruthless reputation have made him a controversial figure at the best of times.
But that’s the way the government is protecting him – and drastically downgrading their own lockdown system to save his work – which has angered critics.
“My biggest concern is that a number of veteran politicians in the government have spent their weekends on laws and public health messages designed to protect the public from the epidemic. To protect his friend.
Even the government is feeling the heat from the papers, traditionally sympathetic to Boris Johnson.
The Telegraph, which considered the prime minister one of its former columnists, spread a second claim – which was published just in time for Saturday night – to create a new wave of questions on Sunday.
The Sunday Mail had already devoted several pages of coverage to the scandal, when the Sunday Times led Johnson to defend his colleague but noted that “voters demanded Cummins to resign.”
Johnson sat quietly in person at the weekend row, giving no interviews and making no public statements about Cummins. But it is increasingly clear that this political line-up has become a defining moment in the UK’s coronavirus response.