Daniel Halliday
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Should Dominic Cummings be forced to resign?

During March and April 2020 Dominic Cummings, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Chief Adviser, broke the government’s pandemic lockdown procedure multiple times by travelling nearly 300 miles across the country. Cummings stands accused of travelling between county Durham and London to visit his parent’s farm multiple times from late March to early April, and although he denies making multiple trips he has admitted to the majority of what he stands accused of. This has become a painful scandal for the many that have lost loved ones during the pandemic and have followed the pandemic guidelines despite their loss. Dominic Cummings has thus far ignored calls from the public and the press and refused to resign. Should Dominic Cummings be fired over this scandal? theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/24/dominic-cummings-timeline-what-we-know-about-his-movements
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This case has revealed failings in British government, policing and the UK justice system. Despite a clear punishable infringement of lockdown taking place, the government failed to take disciplinary action, the police failed to take any action, and there has been a failure of justice in allowing a prime minister's aid to escape the punishment that others have been subject too for similar acts. However with a prime minister widely seen as too lazy and disinterested to actually run the country, Johnson is in no position to sack Cummings who has been referred to as Johnson’s 'Bismarck', or even a de-facto unelected prime minister, for his fundamental role in policymaking in Johnson’s government. These multifaceted failures are starting to cause pushback, with public prosecutor Max Hill facing legal action for possible crown court failings over this matter, and a possible internal inquiry for the Durham Police constable responsible for the case following widespread complaints in their handling of this case.

theguardian.com/law/2020/jun/16/public-prosecutor-max-hill-faces-legal-action-over-dominic-cummings-trip-durham dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8370529/Durham-chief-constable-faces-probe-handling-investigation-Dominic-Cummings-trip.html dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8360801/Durham-Polices-Dominic-Cummings-probe-treated-critical-incident.html henrytapper.com/2020/05/24/cummings-boris-bismarck

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jun/16/public-prosecutor-max-hill-faces-legal-action-over-dominic-cummings-trip-durham https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8370529/Durham-chief-constable-faces-probe-handling-investigation-Dominic-Cummings-trip.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8360801/Durham-Polices-Dominic-Cummings-probe-treated-critical-incident.html https://henrytapper.com/2020/05/24/cummings-boris-bismarck/

No, he should be fined

Thousands of Brits have been fined for breaking lockdown rules, with a maximum fine of £3200 for repeat offenders. Dominic Cummings has clearly done something that many other British people have, and like the many people that have been caught breaking lockdown he should have been fined. While losing his job may be excessive, and at the end of the day is a choice that lies solely in the hands of Boris Johnson, he should face the same punishment as anyone else. According the the Independent, a freedom of information request showed that two people were fined for making a similar trip to Cummings' in the following weeks. With clear repeat breaking of the lockdown in one trip to Durham, Cummings should face a steep fine but retain his job.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dominic-cummings-lockdown-news-police-fines-london-county-durham-journey-a9536221.html telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/10/new-fines-3200-breaking-coronavirus-lockdown-rules

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Thousands of Brits have been fined for breaking lockdown rules, with a maximum fine of £3200 for repeat offenders. Dominic Cummings has clearly done something that many other British people have, and like the many people that have been caught breaking lockdown he should have been fined. While losing his job may be excessive, and at the end of the day is a choice that lies solely in the hands of Boris Johnson, he should face the same punishment as anyone else. According the the Independent, a freedom of information request showed that two people were fined for making a similar trip to Cummings' in the following weeks. With clear repeat breaking of the lockdown in one trip to Durham, Cummings should face a steep fine but retain his job.

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Despite the mounting pressure following Dominic Cummings breaking of UK lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to stick by Cummings and has fought back at the framing of this a breaking of the lockdown as “palpably false”. Even though many in Johnson’s own party were calling for Cummings to step down Johnson has maintained that Cummings "had no alternative", was "travelling to find the right kind of childcare" [2], acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” and “stuck to the rules” [1]. For most people it was Johnson’s comments that were seen as most insulting to their intelligence and this what has caused the most outrage, arguably this would not have been such a big story if it wasn’t for Johnson acting in his usual insensitive manner. Most telling however was the fact that initially Cummings was reported to be facing a police investigation over the matter, but Durham police have not brought charges against Cummings concluding that there might have only been a minor breach of the regulations.

inews.co.uk/news/dominic-cummings-police-investigation-barnard-castle-lockdown-self-isolation-rules-2863722 belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/adviser-cummings-acted-responsibly-legally-and-with-integrity-says-pm-after-alleged-lockdown-breach-39230358.html [2] news.sky.com/story/dominic-cummings-acted-responsibly-and-legally-pm-backs-his-top-aide-11994017 [1] metro.co.uk/2020/05/24/boris-says-cummings-behaved-responsibly-legally-integrity-going-durham-12751720 politicshome.com/news/article/read-in-full-durham-police-statement-on-dominic-cummings

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Cummings' lengthy account of what happened made little sense; apparently on 12th April, Cummings’ wife’s birthday, he was losing his eyesight due to the coronavirus so needed to see if he could drive, the couple drove 30 miles from his parents home to the picturesque town of Barnard Castle. He, by his own admission, broke the lockdown and quarantine guidelines multiple times during his trip to Durham, and he stands accused of going back also, he was allegedly spotted again on 19th April in Houghall woods in Durham after already returning to London on the 14th. His explanation have only cemented his culpability, and he has offered little in the way of an apology or alibi for the further accusations. People are outraged across the country, with many people losing their very nearest loved ones and still not breaking the lockdown, over half a million people have signed a petition and believe he should be sacked.

rt.com/uk/489629-cummings-johnson-stay-home msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/tory-mps-demand-dominic-cummings-resign-over-lockdown-row/ar-BB14wA2i huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dominic-cummings-petition-sacked_uk_5ecbcd66c5b6afe24fd9ca62

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