How kind of Boris Johnson to grace us with his presence at the daily Cocid-19 briefing, and explain that Demonic – er, Dominic – Cummings didn’t obey lockdown rules because they weren’t meant for elites like him but for plebs like you.
Okay, he didn’t put it in as many words, but the meaning was clear:
“I’ve concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare… I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent”
PM Boris Johnson says Dominic Cummings acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”
Latest: https://t.co/xMk6JJfpIK pic.twitter.com/DQp0TDVE5v
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) May 24, 2020
(Incidentally, if you’re wondering why I’m using the clip with signing…)
The sign language guy got it right #DailyBriefings #BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/dMGmYyES9E
— McGuinn💙 (@Mcguinness2A) May 24, 2020
He seemed keen to evade the principle question – is it one rule for Tory government elites and another for the rest of us? – but the message was clear:
The message from the Prime Minister seemed very clear:
The rules apply to you, not to Dominic Cummings. https://t.co/JdXp9QcQNK
— Labour Whips (@labourwhips) May 24, 2020
Even the UK Civil Service’s dedicate Twitter feed registered its disgust:
Please share this legendary tweet by the Civil Service in response to @BorisJohnson defending #DominicCummings pic.twitter.com/9AlI2UfvHT
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) May 24, 2020
“Arrogant and offensive.
“Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?”
It was up for only 10 minutes, during which it accumulated around 30,000 retweets, and the same number of likes, which is indicative of the strength of feeling, not just in the civil service but in the UK as a whole.
Okay, Johnson had his supporters, but for the wider attitude of the UK public, see Michael Jones’s tweet below:
An insult to those who are bereaved and could not have last moments with their loved ones, and insult to those who had no one close in their final moments as they gasped for breath, an insult to the millions who followed the rules of lockdown, an insult to democracy and decency.
— Michael Jones (@YrDraigSeren) May 24, 2020
He’s not the only one:
I'm the same. Not for the first time with this and the previous regimes. This does take the coconut though as it is an insult to us all and I won't even vent my thoughts as to what it means for democracy, or even the vestiges thereof.
— oor bonnie blue flag bot#FBPE #FBSI (@45albannach) May 24, 2020
Here’s just one person’s story, corroborating Mr Jones’s conclusion:
I wrote to my MP this morning to see if I had been stupid #dominiccummimgs pic.twitter.com/1F7yDaaZ2s
— Claretsmad (@Claretsmad) May 24, 2020
“My Aunt died alone in a care home from Covid19. My brother and mother who live locally were not allowed to see her, hold her hand in the last moments or say goodbye. My mother couldn’t attend the funeral, or let me stay with them on my way to the funeral, because Govt guidelines don’t allow it.
“What I have seen today is that I was stupid. I could have just exercised my judgement that it was essential. My sacrifices, my mother’s sacrifices were for nothing. Or maybe if we were rich elites it would have been ok.”
That is the mood of the nation – especially those of use who have lost loved ones and were forbidden from even saying goodbye (and remember, thanks to Johnson’s snivelling incompetence, there have been more than 62,000 of those deaths).
If you have any doubts left, check out the results of my own Twitter poll. At the time of writing, it shows more than 96 per cent of respondents believe the Tories cannot be trusted to handle the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – and they want to do something about it:
Spot of civil disobedience in order I feel. Since we can't trust govt to keep us safe no kids back to school, no people back to work until Cummings gone and test trace and isolate effectively up and running. #trustingmyinstincts
— lynne dixon (@lynnedixon14) May 24, 2020
It’s an idea with a lot of merit to it – especially if done to protect ourselves and our children from the consequences of damnfool Tory stupidity.
And it seems to have gained some traction:
We have to still work within the lockdown guidelines or we become as bad as them, so start small and as lockdown lessens ramp up the protest movements to include other things, I'm winging this, if you can't tell.
— Darren Skippings (@DSkippings) May 24, 2020
saving lives is what this whole exercise is about, not as our "leaders" would want, for us all to die for them.(i need a lie down, went very strange)
— Darren Skippings (@DSkippings) May 24, 2020
So there it is. Who’s in?
There’s no downside, for obvious reasons. Any objection can be countered with what I think we should call the “Cummings defence”: that you followed the instincts of every parent.
I’m not going to force anybody into it; this has to be an individual decision by the people involved.
But, obviously, if you don’t do something, you’ll be saying you’re happy to let Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson and all those other slimy creeps do whatever they want and laugh at you. Your choice. Let me know what you’re going to do.
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Dear Mike Sivier,
Starmer and his Shadow Labour Cabinet Ministers are even more for easing of lockdown, which is facilitated by children being forced by law to return to school. If sufficient large numbers of parents (teachers and councils) rebel and do not send their children to school then the law falls.
The posh private (that we call public) schools are remaining closed until September.
We see adverts on the telly about Zoom and Microsoft video conferencing education. Universities are doing this for lectures.
Your Twitter poll resulted in …”96 per cent of respondents believe the Tories cannot be trusted to handle the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – and they want to do something about it”…
Grey Swans is trying to give voice to that lack of trust, by trying to get support from esteemed people such as yourself, to start a call out for Tory Boris to bring about a snap early general election now before parliament shuts for summer.
The only reason to have an election is for us all to vote for the NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION party, so as to get NHS doctors as MPs and Prime Minister, in this worst airborne plague in a century.
We are within the next 2nd highest contagion phase, foretold by scientists for May / June, and the next surge is August, doctors tell us, when a new NHA party government could be in parliament by September.
NHS doctors would solve the lack of PPE, the ongoing culling of the elderly in care homes and lack of any design to help the old see their relatives in safety in care homes, for them both, and in safety for funerals, and such treating us as human beings.
NHS doctors inform what the World Health Organisation say, that the around 7.8m people aged between 60 and 70 are equally at highest risk by age group alone to Covid19 deaths, but the Tories ignore us as they want to keep on thieving the state pension, by us dying before retirement.
I am not a NHA party member.
Could your Blog help, please, in that top way of civil disobedience, of voting out Tory, Labour and Lib Dems, and getting a proper party of NHS medical professionals to run the country during the pandemic, that continues until we all have a working vaccine in us all, and whose economic consequences will continue for years, as are within the shallow waters of 1929 depression style of recession.
My Grey Swans page is www dot anastasia hyphen england dot me dot uk (I am in Facebook prison so cannot share anything)
Realistically, an election is not going to happen. We have to exert influence in effective ways, which is why I’m suggesting that withholding children from schools (for their own safety) is a reasonable way forward. Furthermore, people aren’t going to switch their vote to the NHA Party just like that. The UK electorate is highly “small ‘c'” conservative and its members don’t change their ways just like that.
Must be hard to effectively sack their boss.
Clearly more dangerous “out” than “in”
Enough is enough, it’s basically genocide what our PM et al have done. The elderly were expendable, and now they’re going to do it to our kids, and we just sit back like moronic sheep and watch them take our lives whilst they protect their own. Why haven’t the British public taken action to stop them?
Apparently the government is issuing one face mask per 10 kids to schools (for the staff). My friend is a school caretaker in a school of 400 pupils. The school is therefore being issued with 40 face masks for staff, which they are not allowed to use unless it is “absolutely essential”. If all the kids return to the school, there aren’t enough staff for 15 pupils per class (or enough rooms). It’s a shambles.
There’s not much point writing to my MP on this matter since he is quite happy, himself, to traipse up and down from Scotland to Westminster. John Lamont, eejit extraordinaire, seems to think he is a key worker. I write to him fairly frequently, just last week, to give him my preferences on agriculture votes and his stance on the NHS in US trade deals. He usually responds but, having seen his vote, I’m not surprised to not even have a copy & paste job this time.