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  • simpleexplodingmaybe 23 May 2020 14:24:31 15,263 posts
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    chopsen wrote:
    askew wrote:
    I was genuinely surprised to learn he had a child.
    Hah. Same.

    *If* both parents were unwell with CV, *and* they needed help from family to look after a young child, *then* the solution would be for the help to come to them. I.e. his family could have justifiably moved in with them and join them in isolation. *Assuming* family didn't have a reason to self isolate at the time.

    It was entirely unjustifiable to drive hundreds of miles with florid CV infection. It really is that simple.
    That’s a drive with a couple of service station stops for the healthy.

    We should check for an outbreak in the Scotch Corner area.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 May 2020 15:46:26 29,285 posts
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    bzzct wrote:
    It's really interesting to see how this will play out - the public know that "it was ok to drive to the other end of the country to be near relatives because one parent was ill" is so far away from what they've been being told and have been acting on, that whether the government can drag out some small-print clause that supports it or not is essentially irrelevant.
    They don't have to, they'll all defend him, as will their media and they'll carry on as before. They can and will do as they please.
  • Youthist 23 May 2020 15:52:25 14,409 posts
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    Imagine if you dad was Cummings? Poor little cunt.
  • Dgzter 23 May 2020 15:54:50 3,431 posts
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    https://twitter.com/SuellaBraverman/status/1264174355975671810?s=20

    Just our Attorney General tacitly endorsing criminality.
  • nickthegun 23 May 2020 15:55:22 83,632 posts
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    He’ll be alright. He will be striding around eton like draco malfoy in no time.
  • JoelStinty 23 May 2020 15:56:24 9,099 posts
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    It’s amazing me that the hill that all cabinet members and the attorney general have decided to make their stand on is Dominic Cummings.

    He and everyone who has tweeted in defence should fucking resign.

    /goes to make babies so I can go on a crime spree
  • nickthegun 23 May 2020 15:59:52 83,632 posts
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    This is a bobby dazzler from Gove. I might rob a bank to get my daughter a laptop and the mrs that car she’s been after.

    https://twitter.com/michaelgove/status/1264126108733186050?s=20

    Edited by nickthegun at 16:00:21 23-05-2020
  • X201 23 May 2020 16:01:02 20,964 posts
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    Grant Schaaaaps has drawn the short straw and is the one doing this briefing that no one will be interested in at all

    Edited by X201 at 16:01:10 23-05-2020
  • Jono62 23 May 2020 16:01:45 25,948 posts
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    Dgzter wrote:
    https://twitter.com/SuellaBraverman/status/1264174355975671810?s=20

    Just our Attorney General tacitly endorsing criminality.
    This is very much Republican behaviour. Play it down when it's one of your own and vilify when it's the opposition.
  • Tomo 23 May 2020 16:02:35 18,450 posts
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    He has to be sacked. If the Imperial professor advising the government can get sacked instantly, and probably have his career shredded, because of a few booty calls with his London mistress, then travelling hundreds of miles across the country with symptoms is far worse.

    The mind boggles at the people in power.
  • Dgzter 23 May 2020 16:06:10 3,431 posts
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    And the absolute hilarity of Hancock, with a straight face, tweeting support for Cummings after having eviscerated Neil Ferguson the week before just about sums these fucks up.
  • reddevil93 23 May 2020 16:09:20 15,720 posts
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    The Sun's political editor on twitter:

    Operation Save Dom steps up. Mid-ranking ministers and backbenchers now being asked by Tory whips to tweet support for Cummings, for “basically looking after his family”. One MP: “I told them to piss off”.

    Bit odd for them to be happy to make the Tories look like idiots.
  • Dgzter 23 May 2020 16:09:27 3,431 posts
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    https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/1264164848889475072?s=20

    Oooooooooof
  • Jono62 23 May 2020 16:10:07 25,948 posts
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    https://twitter.com/chakrabortty/status/1264155107622608896?s=19
  • bzzct 23 May 2020 16:12:09 2,040 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear Well they've had no meaningful opposition in years which has made that somewhat true, but in the medium-term they can't just do whatever they like if public opinion turns. Tories do lose elections sometimes.
  • bzzct 23 May 2020 16:16:09 2,040 posts
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    reddevil93 wrote:
    The Sun's political editor on twitter:

    Operation Save Dom steps up. Mid-ranking ministers and backbenchers now being asked by Tory whips to tweet support for Cummings, for “basically looking after his family”. One MP: “I told them to piss off”.

    Bit odd for them to be happy to make the Tories look like idiots.
    It might be time to start asking what dirt Cummings has on Boris...
  • TechnoHippy 23 May 2020 16:19:10 18,010 posts
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    bzzct wrote:
    reddevil93 wrote:
    The Sun's political editor on twitter:

    Operation Save Dom steps up. Mid-ranking ministers and backbenchers now being asked by Tory whips to tweet support for Cummings, for “basically looking after his family”. One MP: “I told them to piss off”.

    Bit odd for them to be happy to make the Tories look like idiots.
    It might be time to start asking what dirt Cummings has on Boris...
    I can't imagine what he could do to get the faithful to ditch their support (the same goes for Trump) - maybe kiddie fiddling would be enough? Although I even doubt that would be enough.
  • X201 23 May 2020 16:21:22 20,964 posts
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    reddevil93 wrote:
    The Sun's political editor on twitter:

    Operation Save Dom steps up. Mid-ranking ministers and backbenchers now being asked by Tory whips to tweet support for Cummings, for “basically looking after his family”. One MP: “I told them to piss off”.

    Bit odd for them to be happy to make the Tories look like idiots.
    He’s got nothing to lose, he’s leaving The Sun soon and would be happy to leave the News Editor with loads of aggro from Conservative Central Office
  • Cadence 23 May 2020 16:22:59 2,569 posts
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    Dgzter wrote:
    https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/1264164848889475072?s=20

    Oooooooooof
    Absolutely unbelievable. The hypocrisy is so obvious anyone can see it.
  • Blackmarsh63 23 May 2020 16:29:00 3,887 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    Grant Schaaaaps has drawn the short straw and is the one doing this briefing that no one will be interested in at all
    Well he's giving us all 50 quid to fix up our old bikes so they're not all bad.
  • askew 23 May 2020 16:33:02 22,120 posts
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    Somebody get Schnaaps some hair clippers.

    The Covid outbreak must be the catalyst for “levelling up” the country, Shapps says.
    Horp

    Edited by askew at 16:34:09 23-05-2020
  • Load_2.0 23 May 2020 16:37:26 32,281 posts
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    The replies defending Cummings on Twitter tend to share a certain viewpoint.

    If it was Venn diagram the three circles would be

    Union Jack following name.
    Brexiteer
    Saint George's Cross following name.

    The intersection would be "For goodness sake it was an emergency!!!! Loony left at it again."
  • Trowel 23 May 2020 16:41:35 23,937 posts
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    Surely can't be too hard for the press to find an ordinary member of the public who was fined for something similar.
  • Trowel 23 May 2020 16:48:41 23,937 posts
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    Like this for example

    https://twitter.com/AndrewHaigh/status/1264220632251842560
  • richardiox 23 May 2020 16:54:43 9,140 posts
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    Ouch that press conference was painful. You could feel months of hard work hammering home the lockdown messages all fading away just to protect Dom.
    Schnapps kept being put in a corner where he had to say "everyone just needs to interpret the guidance and do what's right for their family".

    He even on the fly re wrote history by repeatedly referring to the "stay put" policy and that Dom did "stay put".

    The whole government has been made to look like a joke with this. So many millions of pounds of messaging gone in an instant.

    It was so embarrassing to watch, essential viewing if you get the chance. Even Dr Jenny basically said Dom broke professional medical advice.
  • fontgeeksogood 23 May 2020 17:01:34 11,154 posts
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    What's the gig? Are they all terrified of him
  • richardiox 23 May 2020 17:05:07 9,140 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    What's the gig? Are they all terrified of him
    Well he organised a cull of a whole load of the most experienced Conservative MPs just after the last election. I view him as the Stephen Bannon of UK politics...just without the overt racism. But yeah, he's arguably the most powerful man in Westminster and having given the Tories liberation from the EU they owe him a lot
  • XsjadoBlaydette 23 May 2020 17:06:00 57 posts
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    I'm struggling to think of anything other than blackmail from some seriously career-ending evidence.
  • JoelStinty 23 May 2020 17:10:07 9,099 posts
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    Dan Hodges seems to be wanting to end his career live on tv here too.
  • IMO 23 May 2020 17:15:10 7,475 posts
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    If concern about children's welfare is the overriding factor in ignoring direction from the government, they shouldn't really complain when teachers give them the collective finger come June 1st.
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