How long can Johnson defend his aide?
Boris Johnson has run a gauntlet of criticism even from his own MPs and scientific advisers this evening for his car-crash defence of aide Dominic Cummings, after Cummings admitted one 260-mile trip from London to Durham during the coronavirus lock-down and was accused of a second trip, as well as of leaving his Durham house to visit a north-east beauty spot thirty miles away – after his recovery from the virus.
But Cummings has also had to run a gauntlet this evening – of heckles and challenges, apparently from his neighbours outraged over what they perceive as his disregard for lock-down rules that have forced them and their families into hardship and deprived them of the opportunity to support their own loved ones.
And it was caught on camera:
Cummings’s position is untenable in any real democracy worth the name. How long will Johnson defend him before Johnson’s own sense of self-preservation, if nothing else, forces him to cut Cummings loose?
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