SIR – In the final analysis, ‘rich, privileged man breaks the rules’ isn’t news. After all, Cummings described himself and his circumstances as “exceptional”. They were anything but.
But for people like this government, rules are for the plebs. Who will listen to any instructions any more given that the chief architect of them considers them irrelevant
Health secretary Matt Hancock said that we must all do our civic duty. I’d have liked to visit my last remaining family at my last remaining aunt’s funeral in early April. I did my civic duty.
Dominic Cummings and this government haven’t the faintest concept of the notion of civic duty. They are beneath contempt and intellectually and morally bankrupt.
SIR – On your front page last week (A&T, 29th May) three local MPs stated their support of Mr Cummings despite his clear violation of the lockdown rules.
Mr Swayne claimed he would have advised anyone in Mr Cummings’ situation to do the same, thus not only dishonouring those who did follow the rules despite the sickness and even death of their loved ones, but also sabotaging the government’s “stay safe, stay home” message.
Mr Chope’s Trump-like suggestion that the publicity surrounding Mr Cummings was only because there was “no other news really and a lot of people have got time on their hands” hit a new low in lame excuses.
They will, one hopes, be held accountable at the next general election.
SIR – I read with much interest a letter written by a member of the public regarding ‘Thank heavens for Dominic’ in your Friday 29th May 2020 publication.
I do feel Mr Cummings’ actions were short-sighted and perhaps he should have given a bit more thought to the negative repercussions these could evoke. However, this was a few weeks ago now so let’s put it into perspective.
I, like many others, are much more interested to know how the government is going to move forward to the next level from this devastating disease.
I have already written to the BBC expressing my disgust at the way the media has handled this, even suggesting them to consider, like many employers in Britain today, furloughing these journalists and give us all a break!
Name and address supplied
SIR – Sir Desmond Swayne refuses to call for Dominic Cummings to be sacked. Sir Desmond has been an ardent Brexiteer long before it became fashionable. A principle argument for Brexit was that we should no longer be dictated to by unelected bureaucrats.
It is therefore surprising the lengths to which the government has gone to keep an unelected adviser in post.
As for whether he breached the regulations by driving to Durham it is clear, whatever we make of that decision, he did breach them when there. What parent in their right mind thinks the best way to protect a four-year-old is to take them on a fairly lengthy test drive, to see if you are fit to drive.
The government is treating us with contempt expecting us to swallow this nonsense.
SIR – Cummings should have apologised, as we all should when we have made a mistake, in order to show fellow members of our society that we recognise when we have done wrong.
Now he must resign because if he cannot make the correct judgement when following the rules of his government in such matters of life and death, how can we possibly rely on his judgement, integrity and ability to advise our government in any matter?
SIR – Thank you for your alternative opinion, ‘Name and address supplied’, it made interesting reading (Letters, 29th May). We are off now to still adhere to what the government wants us to do to help everyone to Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives – that’s how superhuman with integrity we are.
By the way, there is one word we definitely did not hear from Mr Cummings. Let us think now, oh yes, we remember – it was “sorry”.
Helena Carr and Kate Noon,
SIR – Vox pop has shown that the majority of those questioned thought that Mr Cummings should be sacked by the Prime Minister, but to date Bostik Boris has refused to meet the public’s request.
This is quite understandable since Mr Cummings is the brains of the partnership and without him how would the Prime Minister be able to carry out the responsibilities of his office?
It is a bit like expecting Sooty to perform without Harry Corbett’s hand up his backside.
SIR – I note that local MPs “refused to join calls to sack Cummings” (A&T, 29th May).
Of course they did: every British citizen is entitled to test their eyesight by driving their wife and child 60 miles to a beauty spot and back, with cynical disregard for the regulations applicable during a national emergency. We’ve all done it!
How do our local MPs explain Britain’s dismal failure to minimise the Covid-19 death rate, under the government they represent?
We should be told.
SIR – I imagine Dominic Cummings’ anonymous admirer (Letters, 29th May) doesn’t deem his intelligence to be insulted by the implication that the rules “Joe Public” must obey are subject to whatever interpretation suits his folk hero.
Hearing current and former cabinet ministers on BBC Radio 4’s Today justifying Boris Johnson’s defence of Cummings was cringeworthy.
Meanwhile, Johnson dismisses the Cummings debacle with pleas that we move on; ever the recommendation of those with something from which the moving would be convenient.