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Gove on BBC Breakfast now
at 09:04 26 May 2020

The whole story seemed to be backward engineered from the facts that were out there - she was ill withj Covid symptoms so went home then back into the office then home again to travel up there because it was exceptional circumstances.

But no she didn't have symptoms otherwise I couldn't travel, but then the circumstances weren't excpetional, so had to give that another go.

Just taking aim at the media for making things up when everything was actually true bar a reported 3rd trip which was never really given as much weighting as anything. The most fake news was in his wife's piece in the media.

Media this, media that - plenty will lap that up and have done so. And they think it's a joke when you tell them they'd be better of in North Korea.

This from Lewis Goodall was good on Twitter, and makes you ponder:

Today is a test of a mode of politics, a mode Cummings made. His remarks were laced with attacks on the media. He didn’t give an inch even when it was clear that what he was saying wasn’t correct. It’s a way of doing politics which has been v successful. Has it reached its limit?
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Why is everyone so against Mike Ashley taking over ITFC?
at 08:19 26 May 2020

I half agree to a point, his company is terrible though for working conditions etc - but then I'm sure ITFC fans would welcome a Godolphin takeover and their record makes Mike Ashley look like a saint.

If we were to be taken over my initial thought would be worry rather than excitement - at least we know with Evans that he pays the bills every month and isn't going anywhere. There are so many fly by nights and sharks looking at clubs at this level that we could be a lot worse off.

Ashley is a known quantity to that effect, he may be hapless like Evans at times, but at least he is there and doing the right thing. I could see it happening
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My mate Marcus
at 08:14 26 May 2020

We did post a statement on our website about it too
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Gove on BBC Breakfast now
at 08:14 26 May 2020

Just a massive gaslighting operation
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 18:43 25 May 2020

Statement fine, but when picked apart easy to see how it doesn’t make any real sense.

Clear breaches with phoney claims and other claims of ‘exceptional circumstances’ which any parent can see aren’t exceptional.

When directly asked for apologies, or regret, he didn’t show any and all the faux contrition in statement lost by that because of the headlines and iPhone notifications that come through based on that.

People who supported him, still will, those that don’t still wont but to me he didn’t do enough for that big middle group to buy into for me
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Johnson still backing Cummings
at 13:55 25 May 2020

He seems to have no respect for almost everyone and holds people like the press and those in the politics industry in some sort of disdain - this could be a car crash
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Anyone written to their Tory MP?
at 13:49 25 May 2020

I've sent an email to Poulter, like you say he doesn't seem to have any social media presence now.

Will see what I get back, have had the automatic response so far but made sure included postcode etc so he has to reply
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This Cummings business doesn't sit right
at 09:41 25 May 2020

This is a good recap on it and shos directly the arrogance that is going to p155 everyone off for a long time

First — the drive to Durham: The central charge is a willingness to ignore what we all thought was clear and unequivocal “stay at home” guidance for symptomatic people, and to have risked spreading the virus at motorway services, petrol stations or anywhere else a family of three traveling 260 miles may have needed to stop along the way. A senior government official last night insisted Cummings had not broken any rules — but refused once again to say whether he stopped off anywhere on the long drive to Durham. You all saw Transport Secretary Grant Shapps fail to answer this same question on TV yesterday. It’s going to be asked again and again.

Second — a day trip to Barnard Castle? The same government official also refused to confirm or deny whether Cummings did indeed make a separate lockdown-flouting 30-mile road trip from Durham to the beauty spot of Barnard Castle on his wife Mary Wakefield’s birthday in mid-April; and again, you all saw Boris Johnson fail to answer this same question on TV last night. Sky News reports this morning that the “distinctive” car number plate noted down by the local man who spotted Cummings at Barnard Castle does indeed match up with “a car Mr Cummings has got into in the past.” The Mirror and the Guardian say a complaint has been filed to the police.

Third — the PR operation: One MP cited the “arrogance” of Spectator journo Mary Wakefield’s decision to publish on April 23 what now looks to have been a pretty misleading version of the Cummings’ family life in lockdown, leaving her employer — a proud Tory institution with 300 years of history under its belt — looking a little daft when the truth came out. (It was notable the Speccie was the first right-leaning publication to publish a furious opinion piece headlined “Why Dominic Cummings must go” after the story broke.) And the knee-jerk reaction on Friday night for “a friend” of Cummings to brief accommodating journos that he “isn’t remotely bothered” by this story went down like a cold cup of sick among almost every Tory MP Playbook has spoken to, given the sensitive context and the serious impact the revelations are having upon party and government alike.

Fourth — the changing story: Equally enraging for Tory MPs has been No. 10’s failure to agree upon a credible story that ties in with what most people understood the lockdown guidance to be; and indeed with the police’s own version of events. The decision to exploit a loophole about exceptional circumstances for people unable to care for vulnerable people looks barely credible on the face of it, given thousands and thousands of parents have been in this exact same position but managed to stay at home, and given Cummings was well enough at the time to drive 260 miles across the country. Crucially, of course, there may be extenuating circumstances here we don’t know about — but if so, No. 10 is point-blank refusing to say. And so the questions continue.

Fifth — the impact on public health: It was pretty jaw-dropping to watch the unfortunate Grant Shapps being asked to effectively rewrite vital public health advice on the hoof as he was given the impossible task of answering journalists’ questions over the weekend. Asked if symptomatic people were now allowed to get in their cars and go and isolate near to their families, Shapps said: “You have to get yourself sort of locked down and do that in the best and most practical way. And that will be different for different people under whatever circumstances their particular family circumstances happen to dictate.” You may not have seen that one on a government poster last month.

Sixth — the damage to the Tory Party: Politically, this is the most worrying charge of all for many Tory MPs, and the one that Keir Starmer is clearly going to be hanging around this government’s neck every week forever more — that it’s “one rule for them, and another for the rest of us.” One rule for a Westminster elite, and another for the rest who are missing their families, worrying about their children, mourning their dead from afar. As Nigel Farage will tell you, this is one of the most potent attack lines in modern politics — and it looks like Cummings has handed it to his opponents on a plate.
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Ajax 95 and the implications for us right now
at 09:40 25 May 2020

I think it will be the way we will have to go - we have a massive squad for next season already on the books.

Building a team from the younger players is key, giving them their opportunities and supplementing them with the right senior players alongside them doing the tougher roles through the spine of the side
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Look out, Mike Ashley’s about
at 09:35 25 May 2020

Seems likely it would be us.

I'm no fan of Mike Ashley but if Evans were to sell I'd rather it be to a known quantity, to someone who has paid the wages every month etc.

Most people looking at clubs at this level are fly by night chancers, that's why in many ways we are lucky to have Evans
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Anybody else used lockdown to get into shape
at 09:33 25 May 2020

Yes and no, way too much snacking but also have got out running again and gone from the couch to 5k.

Need to keep that up and start to eat a bit better and hopefully the gym will open again soon
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Starmer saying just enough here
at 08:02 25 May 2020

It’s a gift for Labour - they can just go with ‘One rule for them, one rule for the them/the elite’

That people vs the elite has been so powerful on 2016 and 2019 and they’ve lost that from their arsenal now
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This Cummings business doesn't sit right
at 08:00 25 May 2020

I just think they’ve got it wrong, from the initial “friend” who confirmed he couldn’t care less and wouldn’t be resigning in the first instance.

They think it will go away and don’t see the damage it is doing, it has serious cut through - even my wife who has no interest in things at all watching the press conferences getting annoyed at them.
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Daily Mail front page
at 21:55 24 May 2020

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Next installment of DC saga released
at 09:02 24 May 2020

You’d like to think that this has been going on for some time that they’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. You’d definitely expect that from the Guardian.
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Next installment of DC saga released
at 08:53 24 May 2020

When they’ve gone from attacking the message to attacking the messenger it’s clear who is going to come out on too
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Next installment of DC saga released
at 22:25 23 May 2020

All part of their culture war and attempt to manage the news cycle.

Just have to hope it all comes crashing down on them
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Next installment of DC saga released
at 21:38 23 May 2020

And now they are doubling down, again

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Next installment of DC saga released
at 21:18 23 May 2020

Police have just released a statement saying they spoke to his father

So a blatant lie in the official Number 10 statement today
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Next installment of DC saga released
at 20:12 23 May 2020

I hope the police can release the ANPR of it, now they've been accused of lying they may be more forthcoming.

I remember kids at school who would keep doubling down when in trouble rather than admit it, why are people like this able to get away with it?
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