Boris Johnson supports top aide accused of bypassing blocking rules

Boris Johnson supports top aide accused of bypassing blocking rules
Boris Johnson supports top aide accused of bypassing blocking rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, defying a storm of criticism, said on Sunday that he would not fire his most influential advisor, Dominic Cummings, when he was violating close UK rules by driving across the country to visit relatives , Even when he was ill with coronovirus.

Mr Johnson's decision to support his mentor underscored his deep trust in Mr Cummings, the architect of his electoral victory last year and the driving force behind his ambitious post-Brexit agenda. But the commotion over Cummings's actions is unlikely to ease, prompting critics that British leaders may ignore the rules they impose on others.

The Prime Minister strongly defended Cummings for driving in April to visit his parents in Durham in the north of England. Cummings has said that there was no other way to take care of his young son after he and his son saw symptoms of the virus.

"He followed the trend of every parent and every parent, and I don't accept that," Johnson said at a news conference on Sunday. "I think in all aspects, they have acted responsibly, legally and honestly."

But Mr. Johnson did not take into account the question whether he came to know of Mr. Cummings' visits and misunderstood the details of the termination rules. Instead of constantly offering defense, the Prime Minister generally tried to change the subject, in this case, confirming the previously announced plan to reopen schools on 1 June.

The only obvious result of Mr Johnson's airy performance is that he has been attacked by Mr Cummings, a brilliant but polarizing strategist who designed the "Vote Leave" campaign that led Britain to exit the EU and Shree put Johnson on the path to Downing. road.

Mr Johnson's decision reprimanded many of his Conservative Party MPs who said that Mr. Cummings will have to leave. He said that if a powerful officer travels at a time when the government is urging people to stay indoors, especially those with symptoms of the virus, it will try to send a tremendous message about social disturbances. . Will reduce

The opposition Labor Party called for an inquiry into Mr Cummings' conduct and accused Mr Johnson of second-class status.

Labor leader Keir Starr said in a statement, "It is an insult to the sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen not to take action against Dominic Cummings." "The public will be forgiven for thinking that the Prime Minister's closest advisor and the British people have a rule."

Mr. Cummings did not repent. On Saturday, he told reporters that he did not care for travel lenses and lecturers outside his home, which was not far away.

Mr Cummings said that while he and his wife were getting sick from the virus, they tried to take care of their young son at his parents' home, 260 miles from London. When he was ill, the government said, he stayed in a separate room from his parents and did not leave the house.

But The Observer and Sunday Mirror reported that Mr. Cummings and his family were seen elsewhere on Easter Sunday. Durham police said that the m. Cummings' father denied Downing Street's claim to ask him for protection, saying he was not in contact with the Cummings family.

Mr Johnson claimed that some of Mr Cummings' travel allegations were "false", but did not disclose which ones.

Although Mr. Johnson had a Mr. Cummings had some answers, discussing the government's decision to reopen some classes for young children in England on 1 June. There should also be "some contact" for older children from June 15, Mr. Johnson said.

From teacher unions to resume schools and some areas where officials believe it is too early. In Scotland, authorities have decided to keep schools closed until August.

For Mr. Johnson, Cummings tried to get out of rampage. There were signs of dissatisfaction within the government. Shortly after speaking, a tweet from the official civil service account stated: "Arrogant and aggressive. Can you imagine working with these tongues?"

Later, the Cabinet Office said that the publication was unauthorized, withdrawn and being investigated.

From the very beginning, Mr. Johnson's instinct was to dig for Mr. Cummings. Saturday downing s

Taking care of his wife and child is not a crime, ”wrote Michael Gove, a cabinet minister for whom Mr. Cummings once worked.

Even Matt Hancock, the health secretary who has spent weeks urging the British to follow the blockade, argued on Twitter that Mr Cummings was "absolutely right" to ask for a way to care for the baby .

This month, Mr. Hancock said he was "speechless" because Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist who advises the government, violated the rules by inviting a woman to his apartment. Ferguson was forced to resign from an influential scientific advisory panel.

But despite all the votes of faith, there was a lull from many conservative MPs. The dam broke on Sunday.

An influential Brexit supporter, Steve Baker, urged Mr Cummings to resign, stating that "it is unbearable that the Boris government is losing so much political capital."

Damian Collins, an MLA with whom Mr. Cummings clashed, also asked him to resign. And other conservative lawmakers, such as Caroline Knox, were at the end of their constituent wrath.

"There may be no rules for most of us and there is room for maneuver for others," he wrote. "My inbox is filled with very angry components, and I don't blame them."

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