Frantic to protect Johnson’s handler, Tories try to rewrite history to excuse Cummings’ decision to travel 260 miles – while confirmed as infected, according to police
There has been a frantic scramble at Westminster to protect Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings after widespread calls for Cummings’s resignation over his decision to travel 260 miles from London to Durham – while confirmed as infected with the coronavirus, according to Durham Police.
While Johnson himself has, as so often, remained in hiding, Downing Street even effectively accused the police of lying, saying that only Cummings’ wife was infected at the time.
But the desperate Tories have also descended into shameless rewriting of history in their attempt to protect Cummings from the consequences of his choices.
Journalists – for a welcome change – hammered spokesman Grant Shapps (Johnson being in hiding, remember) with questions about Cummings’ actions and position. Shapps eventually collapsed and resorted to a bare-faced claim that the application of the lock-down rules – announced a week before Cummings took his ‘travelling circus’ on the road – were always intended to be a matter of personal interpretation.
Unfortunately for Mr Shapps, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been filmed on several occasions testily snapping that people are meant to just follow the rules, not decide for themselves – for example in this interview with ITV’s Piers Morgan in the days before Hancock took to hiding from Morgan.
And Hancock’s stance was even noted by the BBC in its follow-up to today’s press conference:
As Hancock made clear in advance, Cummings put the lives of the public and of NHS staff in danger by his actions. His position is untenable – and the desperation of the Tories to save him couldn’t be much more transparent.
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