If Johnson’s bike ride ‘didn’t break rules’, police don’t understand them

On his bike (this is an old, pre-Covid image).

You have to laugh at these desperate attempts to justify Boris Johnson’s decision to ride his bike around the Olympic Park in London – seven miles from 10 Downing Street.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick actually went on the radio and said if people exercise “from your front door and come back to your front door”… “That’s my view of local.”


This Writer is not best-located to mock this point of view as I live in one of the UK’s biggest cycling hubs, with routes flying in all directions around Mid Wales.

But if I didn’t; if I lived in a place that was 10 miles away from a cycle track – or more – and I wanted to do a bit of pedalling, it’s nice to know that Cressida Dick would fully support my decision to do so – cycling all the way there, round the track as often as I wanted, and then back home again.

That’s her view of local.

She was basically saying we can go out as far as we like, for as long as we like.

That is entirely against the demands of the current lockdown. And she is the commissioner of London’s police force.

The guidance states very clearly that, while you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)… “stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live”.

Admittedly, living in Mid Wales, I’m not as familiar with London as many.

But I feel sure there are a few open spaces in central London and there was no need for Johnson to go seven miles.

So I can’t help but wonder whether anyone now facing fines for break lockdown guidance now has another excuse.

Besides saying, “Dominic Cummings,” they’ll now be able to say, “Boris Johnson.”

Source: Covid: Johnson’s bike ride ‘didn’t break rules’ – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “If Johnson’s bike ride ‘didn’t break rules’, police don’t understand them

  1. Mark Cunliffe

    Policing Minister Kit Malthouse was even worse. Speaking to the BBC’s 1pm News he claimed that “as long as you stay local in your own mind” then you’re not breaking the rules. They’re just trolling us now.

  2. Suzi

    “And she is the commissioner of London’s police force.”

    Surely you mean “London’s police farce”??

  3. Hecuba

    Little fascist dictator dick johnson has a green park five minutes walk from his ‘palace’ at 10, Downing Street and it is named St. James’ Park! Little fascist dictator dick johnson could easily walk in that park but no he prefers to break the law by having his minions drive him 7 miles in order to cycle in a park!

    Good work little dick johnson you and your cohorts have transmitted the coronavirus to numerous other women and men by breaking the law!

    So now according to that fascist tory puppet Cressida Dick I can go anywhere I choose whether it is to another city or country because ‘it is local!’

  4. mohandeer

    All people are equal – but some are more equal than others. Remember Animal Farm? We were all taught to think it was a reference to socialism but in fact it serves better as a demonstration of Tory “Do as I say and not as I do”……one rule for us and another rule for them.

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