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A lightning rod May 25, 2020

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The controversy over Dominic Cummings and his movements during the lock-down is illuminating, isn’t it? Here he clearly breached guidelines, and in such a way as to have huge criticism heaped upon him, and rightly so. And from a range of people that might be thought unlikely to do so. Police, Tory politicians and so on. What it represents is fascinating. I wonder is there a cathartic aspect to this. Difficult, perhaps, for some on the right to criticise Johnson overtly – however inept, and worse, his handling of the crisis. But he suffered a high-profile (and one suspects largely avoidable) case of the virus himself. So that has oddly enough given him some political cover.

But what of Cummings? He’s not protected in quite the same way and to attack him is to attack Johnson by proxy. And perhaps it also indicates another dynamic. The sheer anxiety and concern felt by many many in the UK at the handling by the government of the crisis. No wonder Tory MPs are antsy in this context. Small wonder the controversy continues to resonate after the weekend. And as for the individual at the centre of it? I’d be surprised if he’s gone soon. But sooner rather than later. He’s giving a statement today.

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1. sonofstan - May 25, 2020

There’s a video out there of DC arriving home last evening and being heckled by what appear to be his neighbours in his very nice Islington street. Unless of course they are all Momentum activists*, playing a long game by buying houses there decades ago, just lying in wait for this moment.

*Or, in currently fashionable Daily Mail reader-speak, ‘the Leftwaffe’

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sonofstan - May 25, 2020

And as I said before, I really hope someone in cabinet is writing all this down. Maybe Matt Hancock will be the Pepys of this plague year?

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WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2020

Hancock. Hmmm… not so sure, though oddly he seems less dismal than the rest of them (though that is purely relative).

That’s interesting re DC’s reception. For all his nonsense about elites clear where he actually sits.

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2. Colm B - May 25, 2020

Cummings gone would be very significant. Johnson and most of his cabinet are opportunistic mediocrities – without the relative intellectual heft of Cummings, the ideological ballast is lessened considerably leaving them more open to the winds of popular pressure, opposition attack etc. Here’s hoping

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sonofstan - May 25, 2020

” without the relative intellectual heft of Cummings”

He’s not looking that hefty right now in the presser, but fair dues, he’s a lot brighter and more articulate than his boss.

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WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2020

It is relative that’s for sure!

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3. Colm B - May 25, 2020

I think the b******ks has weathered it but lets see what the next day or two brings.

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4. sonofstan - May 25, 2020

I really hope the Guardian/ Mirror have pt 3 ready for the day after the bank holiday.

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5. oliverbohs - May 25, 2020

That’s what’s almost admirable about the Cummmings-machine. Never apologise never explain. The genuine belief that he can get to the other side of this. Think of the last year, 18 months of UK politics. Why wouldn’t he feel like that?
They prefer this spectacle over there to contemplating a lib/left agreement about electoral reform, UBI, green policies. Such a workaround wd mean détente on social media and old media point scoring and there isn’t the will for that. I’m not putting this up as the only viable process, by definition most on the left wd see it as diluting their aims. But half a loaf and all that. Focus on those three aims and see.
Fianna Fáil grassroots over here understand, some of them do anyway. Better to go with the future of republicanism, try and leech on their jouissance than strapping yourself to the stinky impermeable FG carcass. They always will have a core vote of true believers that can pass into future generations

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6. sonofstan - May 26, 2020

This is incredible if true:

During that press conference on Monday, Dominic Cummings claimed that he had been worried about a pandemic for some time and that last year he had written about the possible threat of coronaviruses and the urgent need for planning.

However, Jens Wiechers, a data scientist, put Cummings’ blog post mentioning coronaviruses through the Wayback Machine – a digital archive – and found that the relevant paragraphs had been added on 14 April – the day Cummings returned to work after the trip to Durham.

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WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2020

Bloody hell. He’s a piece of work that guy.

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WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2020

And check this out: https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2020/0526/1142640-cummings_reaction_fallout/

“A junior minister in the UK has resigned over alleged lockdown breaches by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings.

Douglass Ross, the under secretary of state for Scotland, said he was quitting after hearing Mr Cummings’ efforts to defend his trip from London to Durham.

Mr Ross said he could not “in good faith” tell his constituents who could not care for sick relatives or say goodbye to dying ones while obeying lockdown rules that Mr Cummings acted appropriately.”

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sonofstan - May 26, 2020

Scottish tories – I’ve never met one and find hard to believe they’re not characters in a fantasy novel – coming out strongly in support of Ross. Not unconnected to Scottish Parliament elections next year.

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WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2020

Got you. That makes sense.

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Colm B - May 26, 2020

The Tory vote in Scotland is a combination of rural middle/ upper class right-wingers with the loyalist end of former Labour working class voters.
The Moray seat is particularly finely balanced cos it’s partly based on the Tories selling Brexit as a saviour to fishing communities.
As things stand I think the SNP would sweep all before them if there was an election tomorrow but the Tories would keep their runners up place. One thing for sure, once the Covid crisis recedes the independence question will return with a vengeance.

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