Coronavirus, Cummings case: an undersecretary resigns – Mondo

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First effect on Boris Johnson’s government in the case of Dominic Cummings, architect of Brexit and powerful chief adviser to the British Conservative Prime Minister, accused of violating the lockdown restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. Douglas Ross, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Scotland, has resigned in protest against his resignation, arguing that the majority of the country does not accept Cummings’ self-defense and the interpretation of the rules with which the gray eminence of Downing Street is justified.

According to the explanation given yesterday by Cummings – and accepted by Johnson – the decision to move in late March with his wife and 4-year-old son from London to Durham, almost 500 kilometers away, at the height of the lockdown, to isolate himself in a family property with coronavirus symptoms would have been “legal and reasonable” because it was motivated by a state of family need. But Ross in the open letter of resignation states that this interpretation “is not shared by a vast majority of people” in the Kingdom.

The resigning undersecretary, 37-year-old member of the Scottish Tories, refers to the scrupulous respect of the lockdown restrictions of many ordinary people and cites the example of voters in his college. “I know voters – he writes – who have not been able to say goodbye to their loved ones, families who have not been able to cry together, people who have not visited sick family members to follow government guidelines. I cannot in good faith tell them that they they were all wrong and that a senior government adviser was right. “

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