The phrase of trial by media is pertinent from the last couple of days. I may only be in the adolescence phase of reading law, but I am sure in the fact that convictions come from trial by judge and jury and not by Owen Jones.
I will be clear. Dominic Cummings did nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing. Mary Wakefield, who writes for The Spectator and is the Svengali’s wife, said that her husband was confined to his bed for 10 days with severe breathlessness. She was of the belief that he should have been hospitalised with his condition worsening over time, but he refrained from doing so, fought it thankfully, and went back to work as soon as possible a little after the Prime Minister recovered from his blissful country retreat.
“Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours”. A quote that should be emailing to every journalist in the country after this fiasco. This should not really be aired on a public forum but to prove his innocence, it seems it must. Dominic and Mary’s child has a form of autism. The government issued guidance on April 9th saying that ‘you can leave your home to travel beyond your local area if this is important for your mental health’, and ‘they do not have to stay the two metres apart with social distancing’.
Not only had Dominic and Mary contracted the virus and became severely ill, one of their children has a diagnosis of autism. Autism is a wide spectrum, as I should know. You can be perfectly fine and manage your life perfectly, with occasional bouts of issues, or you can be rather severe and have many complications. It is not my, your or anyone else’s business to know the ins and outs of Mr Cummings’s child health, but this could have been a factor in why they moved.
The pair also had to decide how can they best look after their children and allow our children to, e.g. go on a walk or play for their mental health, whilst having to self-isolate indoors for 14 days minimum. They concluded that they would move to Mr Cummings’ parents’ residence in Co. Durham. One would imagine that they made the judgment call on their personal belief that it would be the best for their children and themselves.
They go and stay in a separate residence on their parent’s estate and self-isolate. They subsequently recover and go on a few trips to nearby Barnard Castle. I remember visiting Barnard Castle last year, just thought I would mention that if you ever are walking onto the high street, a visit in the antique shop is rather blissful. The whole family, all recovered, return to London and back to work.
I am truly struggling to see the issue here. He used his personal judgment about his risk to his children, the recent death of his father’s brother – whose mental health would have been boosted seeing his grandchildren – and the wellbeing of his own son. This is what any normal father would do.
This whole saga then gets lynched upon by the old Brexit dogs within the Tory Party who try to ruin the reputation of Dominic. I do not believe that their treachery was sincere at all. They have never liked him since he brandished them all as dysfunctional idiots, which the votes on Mrs May’s treaty proved to be handsomely correct. I am surprisingly disappointed in Steve Baker, however. I thought he may have been the light in the sea of banshees within the Spartan ranks that may have had some intelligence and could see that without Dominic, the whole Number 10 operation would crumble and fade.
The irony is that those who were outside Mr Cumming’s house, ‘journalists’ I believe, were not even obeying the guidelines that they were there to question him apparently breaking them himself. The hypocrisy from everyone is beyond belief.
I do not trust anyone who has said they have held to lockdown laws, by the letter. There have been many liberal interpretations by the public on how to behave themselves and now they are acting like the world’s Moral Maiden in this situation. The case for the prosecution has been quite handsomely defeated and he is free to go.
I look forward to his elevation to the House of Lords when the Prime Minister retires. He is one of the good guys.