The performance in the Rose Garden, in which the government’s senior adviser Dominic Cummins attempted to explain his breaking of quarantine rules and his creative interpretation of the guidance, was absurd. Dominic Cummins attempted to frame his deciding to do his quarantine in Durham rather than in the place where he was living (London) and to visit a beauty spot on his wife’s birthday to “test his eyesight” as “legal and reasonable”. He set out, he said, to clear up the “confusions and misunderstandings”. But the backdrop to this is the article in the Spectator, written by his wife and to which he, apparently, put his name, in which they attempted to give the false impression that they spent the quarantine period in London. His wife wrote how they had “emerged into the London lockdown”. No explanation for his trip to Durham could have been credible unless it had been prefixed with a sincere apology for this attempt to mislead people. It wasn’t. (Apparently he was asked about this article by journalists in the follow-up questions to his statement and, according to John Crace of the Guardian, failed to offer an explanation ). Unless you explain why you lied about something you can’t, meaningfully, clear it up. This should be obvious. To anyone except a phantasist. I didn’t understand this at the time but having read one of Mr Cummin’s articles on his own blog site it transpires that the basic problem here is that Mr Cummins is a teenage phantasist. Continue reading “Who is Dominic Cummins?”
This is Matt Hancock the ‘Health’ Secretary lying about the new tracing system for Covid-19. Of course, as with the quarantine system for new arrivals which was brought in weeks too late – on the downward part of the curve – there is the problem of explaining why if this is so important it wasn’t introduced earlier. This is lying government Minister Hancock:
Some people will ask ‘why now? Why not launch this programme earlier in the course of the pandemic?’
The answer is because we needed to flatten the curve. Right at the start of the epidemic, we had a contact-tracing system in place but as the virus raged towards its peak, the number of infections grew so large that we needed a national lockdown. That was the only way to get it under control.
Effectively, everyone in the country was contacted and told to stay at home.
Now, we’ve got the number of new infections each day right down and the number of contacts of those who’ve tested positive is small enough that we can be in touch with everyone who we need to. 
That sounds good and maybe some people will believe it.
But the fact is that track and trace was abandoned on March 12.  And the lockdown which this liar describes as a sort of universal isolation scheme was introduced on March 23. Which gave the virus 11 whole days in which to run free.
Matt Hancock is lying is head off.
We all know that politicians lie.
The Cummins saga however is showing a new kind of political lying. In this kind of lying the speaker knows that what he is saying is patently not true. The words are devoid of truth as they leave his mouth – and everyone can see that, including the speaker. He just has to say something. Anything. To tell obvious lies and not to care that everyone can see they are lies at the moment you speak them takes a certain kind of morally empty and dishonourable person. This is the kind of behavior that is being normalised in Britain’s political class. Continue reading “A new kind of political lying”
Who does he think he is? The Tsar. Maybe he does. We’ve just witnessed the strange spectacle of a round of Ministers of State going on TV to make a mockery of their own government’s guidance and laws in order to defend an unelected adviser.
Let’s preempt this. The apparent defence for the journey to Durham – against the guidance that people should go home if they have symptoms (his wife did, he may have done) – and against the law that people should not travel outside their own home – is something to do with childcare needs. Continue reading “Cummins to speak to the nation”
Dominic Cummins drove with his wife who was already symptomatic with Covid-19 from their London home to his parents’ home in Durham, a distance of 270 miles. While there the family went for a walk in a wood 30 miles from his parents’ home.
This much is admitted. Not much else is and he and the government are not answering questions such as whether the party (carrying the virus) stopped anywhere on the way or, indeed, how they travelled . Continue reading “The significance of the Dominic Cummins saga and the Prime Minister’s endorsement”
The Guardian (all credit to them) has published an exposé that the Government’s senior adviser broke lockdown rules (imposed under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations Act 2020) and travelled to a different family home when his wife had symptoms of Covid-19 and he had been in contact with people who were infected. 
In 2010 a leading Labour politician Ed Balls was caught by police using his mobile phone will driving. He was later fined for what was an offence. In trying to limit the damage to his political career Mr Balls came out with an absurd story that he was using his phone in his hand rather than on the handset (which would have been legal) because he didn’t want to wake his children who were sleeping in the back-seat.  Continue reading “The Ed Balls excuse is trotted out again”
Not surprisingly perhaps – conscious as they must be that they will be lucky to escape criminal charges – the government has started to devote as much time to managing the cover-up and defence case as to ‘managing’ the epidemic. These are the key lines in the defence which we can expect to see more of in the coming days: Continue reading “The ‘excuses’”