Irish wit beyond the reach of Tory pressure
A tweet by an Irishman to Dublin Airport on Wednesday led to a response by the airport’s social media account that took perfect aim at (and something else out of) Dominic Cummings’s excuse for his lock-down excursion from Durham to Barnard Castle.
While the BBC cravenly bowed to Tory pressure to chastise Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis for her factual assessment of the conduct of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser and of Johnson’s decision to excuse it, the airport – safe in the Irish Republic beyond the reach of Tory pressure or retribution – didn’t hesitate to deliver a hilarious but withering put-down:
Cummings had, of course, claimed he made the 60-mile round trip from to Barnard Castle – with his wife and young child in the car – to test whether his supposedly virus-impaired eyesight would let him drive to London.
Unlike the rapidly-removed Civil Service tweet that went super-viral in the ten minutes it was online, Dublin Airport has not scrambled to delete its tweet, which remains online at the time of writing almost ten hours later.
It is remarkable how differently the UK government’s performance and honesty are portrayed by overseas organisations – including news organisations – that are not complicit in the Tory narrative. To them, Boris Johnson and his government are a sick and dangerous joke, however humorous the put-down in this instance.
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