By Ben Kerrigan-
Dominic Cummings should apologise for his breach of lockdown rules after he was caught driving to hundred of miles to see his parents.
However, there is no need for Mr. Cummings to be sacked on the grounds of this error of judgement because of the unpredictable impact Covid-19 fears.
Mr. Cummings breach of government guidelines was setting a wrong example to the nation, especially as he was part of the policy that established social distancing. Downing Street has defended what appears to be a breach of UK lockdown rules by Boris Johnson’s adviser, Dominic Cummings.
It follows revelation from a joint investigation by the Guardian and Mirror that Mr. Cummings had driven hundreds of miles to his parents’ home in County Durham from his home in London while he and his wife were self-isolating due to suspected Covid-19 symptoms.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove has also defended Cummings, tweeting: “Caring for your wife and child is not a crime.”
Labour said it was waiting” for a clear explanation from No.10 about Dominic Cummings’ actions”
“The public have made huge sacrifices during lockdown. It can’t be one rule for those who set them and another for the British people. The country deserves answers at today’s press conference.”
Libs Dems said :It looks quite outrageous that the Prime Minister’s closest adviser has done this, and frankly if that turns out to be the case he must go… he should either resign, or the Prime Minister should sack him.”
However, Downing Street spokesman said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he himself would become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.
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“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed. His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.
“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.
“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.
Some critics have said Cummings could have made arrangements on phone about his wife and child’s safety, rather than drive all that way against lockdown rules.