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One up to Sunderland
at 20:44 28 May 2020

Yep, I'm sad for Barca but it's good that a region on the wrong end of inequality is getting a boost. Worryingly for them, the North East is still predicted to be the worst hit by Brexit.
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ITV care homes story
at 20:43 28 May 2020

Has this been discussed? Care homes are for the elderly or those with ongoing health conditions, so residents will be in the highest risk category. Whose idea was that to dispatch Covid patients who hadn't been tested into this environment? That has to be a massive factor in our tragically high care home death rate. Hancock has to go after this - Johnson should too but we know that won't happen yet.

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YouGov poll says 52% of leave voters want Cummings to resign
at 11:14 28 May 2020

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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 20:29 27 May 2020

Sad you weren't a fan of my Rafa Benitez impression
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 19:37 27 May 2020

He's admitted going back to Downing Street after his wife had symptoms. The guidelines clearly said that if anyone in your house contracted symptoms, you were to isolate for 14 days.

He had childcare in London which he didn't use - and besides, loads of others were in the same boat and didn't drive hundreds of miles away. It clearly won't have benefited the child's health to put him in a confined space and drive for 5 hours.

His trip to Barnard Castle was unecessary, even before you analyse the ridiculous eyesight defence.

He's literally admitted breaking the rules himself in his statement, so there's nothing for Maitlis to apologise for.
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 19:19 27 May 2020

What a load of nonsense. Nothing she said was inaccurate

Dominic Cummings broke the rules - FACT

He's made many people feel they can flout the rules - FACT, the police have said people have used Cummings as an excuse when being told off for breaking the rules

Public mood is anger at Cummings - FACT, literally all opinion polls have a large majority for him to resign, or at least apologise





As Mr O'Brien says, you cannot balance fact with fiction.


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Boris making a mess of it
at 19:09 27 May 2020

I'm really happy with Starmer so far but those questions reminded me why Yvette Cooper was my first choice for leader. She don't take no sh1t.
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Anyone written to their Tory MP?
at 10:30 27 May 2020

Got a generic response (which I can accept, given the circumstances) but can't help feeling the content was a bit wishy washy. I responded again afterwards

Dear TDS

Thank you for your email regarding No 10’s Chief of Staff, Dominic Cummings. Please accept my ‘generic’ response. I am not in a position to answer personally to each one.

As a parent I can understand why he and his wife would wish to ensure their child was in good hands once they had developed coronavirus symptoms. However, it is clear that the situation could have been handled very differently and it is not helpful for this ‘story’ to consume so much Government energy at a time like this. It is imperative that the Prime Minister retains control of the situation and I’ve fed this view into Government.

Irrespective of the behaviour of one or two individuals in high office, the fact remains that it is in everyone’s interest that we continue to observe the social distancing guidance and lockdown restrictions if we are to fully beat coronavirus. My hope is that people do not relax and think these restrictions do not matter simply because of this debacle!

Kind regards

Derek Thomas MP for St Ives



Dear Derek 


Thank you for responding, but I'm afraid that it is unacceptable that the situation still hasn't been resolved. Hundreds of parents have commented that they too were in the same scenario when they were ill but continued to look after their children, because they obeyed the rules and didn't explore childcare options hundreds of miles from home, and now feel as if they have suffered for nothing. The government response that Mr Cummings was just acting as a caring father implies that those who did not break the rules were not caring for their children, which is an insult in itself. I'm sure you can recognise that most of the public don't believe that conducting an hour long round trip to test your eyesight, with a child strapped in the back, is not what most Fathers would do. 

The argument of 'one or two individuals in high office' isn't correct either I'm afraid. The other government advisors who did this had the dignity to resign their positions - at the very least Mr Cummings should have apologised during his statement on Monday, which may have subsided some of the (admittedly sometimes hysterical) media coverage. However, I'm unsure why you felt the need for 'story' to be in inverted commas - the flouting of the rules by the top special adviser in government is in the public interest, as it was with the cases of Neil Ferguson and Catherine Calderwood. I appreciate they are different situations but clear violations of the same rules should be met with the same consequences - Cummings even admitted returning to Downing Street after his wife had vomited, which the NHS guidelines show is a Covid symptom. Besides, if Mr Cummings was so concerned about his welfare that he felt it necessary to drive half the length of the country, why wasn't he concerned enough not to return to Downing Street? There has to be consistency.

I too hope that people continue to observe the guidelines, and it is everyone's personal responsibility to do so. However, yesterday the police claimed that rule breakers were citing Cummings' disregard for the rules as an excuse for them to do the same. Of course that is poor on the part of the individuals, but surely you can recognise that those who set the government's instructions should obey them, else they lose legitimacy. A government's responsibility is to protect its' citizens and to recognise the human responses to their decisions - they must set an example. Whilst we are all desperately hoping there is not a second peak, I fear that if a second lockdown is required, the government's messaging has been undermined, and the virus will spread further. I hope you will agree with me and publically condemn the Prime Minister's actions 

Kind regards 

TDS
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YouGov poll says 52% of leave voters want Cummings to resign
at 09:39 27 May 2020

"Cummings isn't some evil mastermind trying to get one over on the general public"


That's literally his job
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Oh dear, how sad, never mind
at 22:40 26 May 2020

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YouGov poll says 52% of leave voters want Cummings to resign
at 22:17 26 May 2020

Doesn't bother me too much personally, but the arrogance and entitlement is clear. He strolled in to the press conference half an hour late, played the sympathy card, had the nation watching for an hour and yet still didn't show remorse. He should go, same as what happened to Neil Ferguson and Catherine Calderwood, but he could have avoided this scale of outrage had he accepted his wrong doing as they did. Instead we had the cabinet undermining 2 months of messaging just to save their mate.

Also I've always been Labour, just wasn't a fan of the previous leadership so am more vocal about it now. Don't think I've been tribal with this - I'm calling for Cummings to have the same consequences as the other 2 government advisors found to have floured the rules.
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YouGov poll says 52% of leave voters want Cummings to resign
at 16:50 26 May 2020

Yep. His story is full of holes, and he hasn't apologised.

It's being defended by the PM under the guise of him looking after his family. He's implying that the thousands of people in similar situations, that had to look after their kids whilst ill, were either too stupid or didn't care about their child enough not to break the rules.
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Anyone written to their Tory MP?
at 16:45 26 May 2020

Ask him if he understands the full extent of your email?
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If you voted Tory at last Election, what do you genuinely think of this govt?
at 16:39 26 May 2020

"Apologies for having to get tough with a guy who has always cultivated an image of himself as the Roy Keane of Westminster, even if that is like being the Clint Eastwood of the DVLA"
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Another lefty criticising the government
at 16:19 26 May 2020

I've compiled a list of those nasty lefties who want Cummings gone

Daily Mail
Julia Hartley Brewer
Tom Newton Dunn (Political Editor of The Sun)
Andrew Pierce (Political columnist for The Mail)
Andrew Neil
Tom Montgomerie (Founder of of Conservative Home)
20 odd Tory MPs
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YouGov poll says 52% of leave voters want Cummings to resign
at 16:16 26 May 2020

That's it then. Will of the people, Cummings has to go. No changing your mind if further evidence comes to light.






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If you voted Tory at last Election, what do you genuinely think of this govt?
at 11:05 26 May 2020

Yep, those are fair points. I'd have prefered a Labour govt, but it was the worst offer we put forward in a General Election for years. And even as an someone who wanted a vote on the deal due to the facts that had emerged since the referendum, I thought the Lib Dem stance was arrogant - I voted Lib Dem as Labour never win where I live and the candidate also disagreed with the revoke policy.

Would you vote for Keir now?
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First ministerial resignation over Cummings then
at 11:01 26 May 2020

I think we'd need to see at least 2 cabinet level ministers resign for it to cause anymore damage to the govt.
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First ministerial resignation over Cummings then
at 09:44 26 May 2020

Glad he's had the integrity to do this. Will be interesting to see if any bigger names, or MPs in safe seats, follow.
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New blogpost about the press conference yesterday
at 09:26 26 May 2020

https://www.thingscanonlygetbetter.online/post/dominic-cummings-has-won-some-ove


Here's the twitter link for those who didn't see my previous plug ;)

https://twitter.com/ThingsCanOnlyG3
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