Sorry, I’m being political and I’m writing about Dominic Cummings today. He is a special advisor to the Prime Minister and was recently accused of breaking the lockdown guidance. People have resigned, or been forced to resign, over this several times and in several countries. Some useful scientists have been discarded as a result, at a time when we need scientists. Now Dominic Cummings has been accused of breaking the rules. He is not a scientist and, to my mind, is not useful. Political advisors fill the same niche in politics as catfish do in the world’s rivers – they lurk in murky places and feed from the bottom.
If he was sacked tomorrow I really don’t think the world would notice.
However, Boris Johnson won’t sack him. He has, according to Boris, ‘acted responsibly, legally and with integrity’.
First, may I say that Boris, with his expensive classical education, should be the first to know that Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. It is not good enough for someone in that position to be squeaky clean: they must give absolutely no room for suspicion.
And when they are tackled by the press they should remember, that, as the Bible tells us, A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. A soft answer does not seem to be the favoured response of either Mr Cummings or the Tory Party. Their responses to the press are verging on arrogant.
As for ‘responsibly, legally and with integrity’, I don’t know the exact definition of what was legal. Discussing things like this is what keeps the legal profession in wigs and holiday homes. The ex-Chief Constable of Durham seems to believe there was a crime.(that is the same link as the previous one).
Responsible? I’m not sure that travelling the length of the country with a child and an infected person in the car to stay with family is responsible.
Integrity? I’ll let you make your own mind up.
All over the country people are making sacrifices. Even some politicians are making sacrifices. Sadly, it seems that some of them aren’t.
I photographed the crow in the picture 18 times before I got that shot, which makes the title of that shot corvid19.
I’ve been waiting to use that joke for months…