The complacency of the Government towards Cummings proves that there is a distinct divide between ordinary people and the ruling elite.

Yesterday, after being 31 minutes late, Mr Dominic Cummings addressed the prominent claim that he had broken lockdown rules to travel the county to stay in Durham after his wife contracted symptoms of Covid-19. From the events leading up to this shambolic conference, it is evident that with uncertainty in the air, the clear defending of Mr Cummings by frontbenchers and the Prime minister proves that the government are not the party for the people but are a Boys Club.

On the 24th of May, the Prime Minister defended the actions of Dominic Cummings. claiming he had ‘No alternative.’, and acted like any other father would. But the privilege that Mr Cummings with his events prove that the lockdown rules were only actually enforced towards those who were left with no choice to protect the NHS and save lives. The actions of Dominic Cummings and the majority of the conservative front benchers backing his actions prove that they have no obligation to aid the NHS in this crisis or in this case ever.

The window of No.10 has rainbows in support of the much stained NHS. Could Cummings’ actions cause people to revolt lockdown laws and put our health service at risk again?

“In every respect, he has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity,”

Boris Johnson on his senior advisor’s actions.

If responsibility means a country long drive to Durham while a family member is displaying symptoms, why have the majority of the country couped themselves up, avoided destitute families and have even risked their health by avoiding Accident and Emergency centres?


Further proving how out of touch Mr Cummings and the majority of his supporters are, Junior minister Douglas Ross has recently resigned due to outrage towards the Government. From this singular action, it is clear to see that the ruling elite is only looking out for themselves rather than uniting the country and pulling us through this virus together. The excuse given by Mr Cummings isn’t enough. His inability to acknowledge that the public feel cheated by its Government, it distinctly shows how the Government are the people; they feel they are above.

Mr Cummings statement was rather fragile, and it was full of its faults. His excuse was rambled, and it made more people disagree with his actions as there was a 25% increase in the disapproval rating after the press conference ended. In my household, two generations sat down in front of the TV, My Gran and I. Watching his disregard then adding up the sacrifices our family have made to keep my Gran safe, it stuck to me that there was no remorse for the people, the Government don’t care for people like my Gran, nor do they care for those struggling in poverty.


If everyone did similar actions to Cummings at the height of this virus, the death rates would be higher, and the Government would be hounding the public for not obeying the rules. One of the rift announcements Mr Johnson made when issuing lockdown was ‘not to find loopholes’, and that is precisely what the elite have done. It is not necessarily about the distance he travelled; it is the lies he has told, claiming it was a necessity.

Mr Cummings claimed that he travelled to his family home due to childcare issues. But having a wife with Covid-19 symptoms, it has been strictly told by the Government he advises that you must self isolate for 14 days if someone in your family is showing symptoms. Regardless of class, race, religion and domain, this was the rule and fines would be given out if you didn’t obey. Even if his wife didn’t have symptoms, the clear message was STAY AT HOME. Everyone had to change their life drastically, so why can the establishment?

‘I don’t regret what I did.

In an instance, let’s say Mr Cummings and his wife did desperately need childcare, why were they travelling to the residence of two at-risk seniors. Another clear breaking of the rules he helped create. He has no leg to stand on claiming that they were the only people willing to look after his offspring n as he did have family drastically closer to him. Near his London residence, he had siblings and in-laws. All who were fit and healthy and weren’t at the age of risk.

The river by Barnard Castle, where the Cummings family stayed for a moment after Dominic needed to test his eyes.

Another problem the general public find hardship in understanding was the trip to Barnard Castle, which was around a 30-minute drive from where the family was staying. Cummings claimed he did this all-round 60-minute drive to test his eyesight after contracting symptoms. However, under the precaution of the DVSA driving with issues such as a headache or strained eyesight is an offence. Moreso if it was as simple and innocent as testing his eyesight, why would he endanger his child by having them in the car? By driving on his own, he would have eliminated the problem of him being seen around Barnard Castle by the public and he wouldn’t of further broken lockdown laws by stopping by a river. A week before Mr Cummings stopped at this riverbank, people walking by Brighton beach were fined for sitting on benches to rest their legs. This just proves that this lockdown is a rule that can only be broken if you are of the ruling elite.

To make some feel sympathy for him, all he had to do was apologise and show remorse. His response was a kick in the teeth for many individuals that are a lot worse off than him and have sacrificed everything ordinary about life. There are thousands of people in London who live in high rise tower flats that have given up outside leisure to help relieve the strain on the NHS. Many operations have been cancelled, and families are separated from each other and people are having to say a final goodbye to their dead parents without attending their funeral. The Government need to apologise on behalf of those people.

This is simply not a hounding by the press and his enemies, he is being held accountable and cannot accept it. The Government do not understand the anger the public have.

With what is happening, everyone needs to follow the rules to the best of their ability. Dominic Cummings did not follow, regardless of what people are saying. Having frontbenchers who have also caught this fatal virus is a direct shoot in the foot for the public, the healthcare service and those who have died but have strictly followed the lockdown regulations. If you are going to architect a Universal rule book, you have to be the role model to not only install order but withstand hypocrisy and be a role model. This cover-up shows that the establishment is more than willing to trip up onto itself and cover its own backside than equalise the rules for all. In conclusion, it’s now hard to say the Government has the interest of the people at its heart.

The Conservatives attacked Stephen Kinnock for delivering a Cake for his father’s birthday, and they also attacked Jeremy Corbyn for not self-isolating, so why is it when the shoe is on the other foot the Government are willing to protect their own?

Stephen Kinnock MP visiting his father Neil. In this incident the police commented saying this was unacceptable.
Former Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is 71 and should be self isolating at home. Turning up to Prime Ministers questions left the Conservatives and many others in outrage.

The inability for action against someone who has tried to wriggle out of the rules through loopholes proves that. If we are going to rain down on the expected population, we must insist on the establishment to do the same to its people. Now is not the time for protecting your friends in parliament. By doing so, Boris Johnson will lose the silent voter, and he will turn many people against him. The issue with Dominic Cummings is not going away soon, the more time the Conservative government waste on trying to keep Cummings, the more the population will find loopholes themselves. If an elitist advisor cannot accept that the rules need to be strictly obeyed, he will set an example for the public to follow. An example the establishment will hound the public for following.

Brexit was never a right-wing ideal. My experience of being a brexiteer in the Labour Party, and how populism could be a way to win back the people.

The moment I discovered I had my own opinion of Brexit I was in my A level history class and the teacher put on the Oxford Union debate on the 1975 EEC referendum. From then on, it left a spark that I was on the side of the leave campaign. Growing up in Dartford, which was a 64% leave constituency, I always deemed it democratic to respect the referendum. Still, due to the surrounding of pro-Europe friends, I always just assumed that perhaps being pro Europe was the normality for people my age. But sitting in front of that projector, I saw Barbara Castle in her golden age. I never saw a woman as powerful as her during that debate. It came to me that Just because I was a young socialist, doesn’t automatically make me a Remainer.

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For me, there are many reasons why, if I were able to vote in 2016, I would have voted leave. However, my reasons root down to my distaste in neoliberalism and the undemocratic elite. If the EU were meant to be a place of friendship and unity, it would be stupid to vote to leave. However, undemocratic structural power of the states involved in the EU and the hypocrisy of powerhouse states when it came to EU human rights law proves that it was never a place of friendship. It is modern-day colonialism. The lack of overall discipline of the EU has left structural disadvantages for some but easy escape plans for others. This can be seen with examples like the EU’s failure to stop the brutal deportation of refugees and immigrants by Polish and Hungarian forces in 2017. Or the human rights violation of Romani’s by the French Government. The EU is not a place of free movement, nor is it a place of unity and solidarity. The mask of free trade has covered the abuse of Syrian migrants within its member countries. The Pro-Remain campaign fought for a friendship with Europe, but how is it possible to be in a group that retracts their own human right agreements, and plays with the lives of people escaping the Syrian war.

Another critical failure of the EU is how undemocratic it is. However, former Prime Minister David Cameron was pro-remain, the difficulty that faced the Government when looking was a deal was down to the fact that the EU refused to have the UK create a prototype deals incase the vote swang towards leave. The inability to accept some people didn’t find a home in the EU proves that it is not inclusive. It’s not a situation where it was just The UK, we can look at the french Group National Rally, Fidesz from Hungary, and Italy’s Lega are all pushing to leave the IGO. Persistently they have been ignored, swept under the carpet or have even been belittled for opposing a common market

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Leftwing populism is a successful idea, and it will be a theory that can be played out to help the many. To understand what the country wants, you need to listen to them. The 2016 EU Referendum was one of the highest voter turnouts in history. Leave won, and the majority of political groups should have accepted it. The 2017 Manifesto for the Labour Party did promise to deliver a Brexit, and it gained them seats. This kind of populism would have maintained trust in people.

It was growing in a party when the majority felt like a minority that made it hard. Many people called me a traitor or called me unintelligent just for wanting to respect the referendum. There were many reasons why I wanted to leave and having pro-European trolls bombarded my twitter made me tighten my solidarity with Leave. The Government must serve in the interest of the people and if not all, at least a majority. Wanting to rematch something just because it didn’t go your way proves how out of touch pro-remain parties were. Going out and talking to the general public sewed the seed that it wasn’t just leave or remain, some voted to stay but wanted the Government to respect the referendum, and they were the people that proved that Britain could be tolerant.

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This tolerance was proved on Brexit night where i saw the UK depart the EU at a Brexit celebration. I walked around telling people I was a Labour member and there was more solidarity than I expected. Many people from all ages spoke to me and wished that politicians actually listened to the people. others were also proud of me for standing up in an environment where I would of been knocked down. it was nevever the conservative party members that attacked me, nor was it supporters of the Brexit party, it was in fact the ‘remoaners’ and ‘rejoiners’ that couldn’t accept that the people won after 3.5 years of being told they were wrong.

looking at the recent leadership debate it is clear to see that The Labour party needed to be the party of the people once again. The party needed populism to prove this and by the warm up of Sir Keir Starmer and his refusal to back a Brexit deadline extension, it is clear that it is time to admit the the country wanted to leave for many reasons and it needs to be respected. Brexit was never a right or left wing exclusive debate, it was a debate between the people and the elite.

Johnson’s lockdown ease will open up work for the blue collar industry. But how have the actions of the UK government put the working class at more of a risk than others?

The recent message from the Prime Minister has left deep uncertainty with the general public; however, it has been evident that the economy has been prioritized over the health of the overall population. Now with the economy on hold due to lockdown, the government are pushing to reopen markets as soon as possible. The recent announcement from Boris Johnson on Sunday has given the UK a jumble of oxymoronic confusing messages. But the main message that needs to be addressed is the lack of care for blue-collar workers. The government announced that even before the end of social distancing between family’s. Jobs that cannot be completed at home should start working again. 

The majority of work that cannot be completed at home is the blue-collar industry. This includes jobs like labourers, construction and hands heavy jobs. These are the jobs that cannot be completed with the social distancing advisory from the UK government. By introducing these jobs back into somewhat normality at this dangerous time is putting the lives of the working class in more danger than any other individual facing this pandemic. The main problem that the health of  Blue-collar workers face is down to the fact they do not consist of the same technicality as people who can stay at home, nor do they consist of easy to operate social distancing measures. Pushing people who cannot work at home back into work is putting the working class at a higher risk of infection. Yes the economy may be on a stand still, but this ill-thought Plan has indeed showed that one of the biggest failures facing our government’s handling of Covid-19 is the lack of care for the majority.

 Inequality itself is a massive factor in past pandemics and epidemics—research on historical matters like the 1832 breakout of cholera in London holds weight to this debate . The investigations of Dr John Snow found that in the more deprived areas were the more infected areas when it came to cholera. To further show that inequality plays a massive role in illness, we can also look at recent flu epidemics where it is the economically deprived that are more susceptible to higher severance of influenza. Even today, poverty is playing a massive role of who is exposed to the Covid-19 virus. The least our government could do is attempt to put public health before economic recovery.

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A clear message from the government on Sunday was that there is a priority of economy and capital over lives and it is the lower classes that are the subject to experimentation and are the first to hit with the jeopardy of their health.  This can be seen with the prior experimentation of ‘herd immunity’ which kick-started the high rates of deaths. The majority of people who have to venture out are the people at a structural disadvantage even before the breakout. With the persistent misjudgments of the Government, they will be the most susceptible without any other bias. within deprived areas, the death rate has nearly doubled to the areas of prosperity throughout the UK.the lower class are also at a disadvantage when it comes to the social distancing rule. The majority of working-class people will have jobs where they have to be on the front line and face more of a risk than a worker who can stay at home.

By having blue-collar workers pushed back into work, it will structurally further push a class divide and will prove that this is not a situation where the whole of the UK is in the same boat. We are split by class, and the government’s plan to restart the economy in this measure is throwing the working class under the bus. At times like this, we need to all be in the same boat, where the virus is not open to the structural violence the UK Government has put down in front of this pandemic. There needs to be a deep solution to how we tackle inequality during and after this virus. For too long, there has been an increasing divide on class, and it is apparent that the economics of the UK before the breakout has not pushed bottom up. The actions of the Conservative majority has indeed secured to the general public that the people do not own Britain. It is run by the higher classes who will discredit the work of the ‘low skilled’ supermarket workers and predominant working-class jobs like plumbers, carpenters and electricians. These are all jobs that will break the social distancing and will put these workers at more danger.

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In order for this reopening of the economy to work there needs to be adequate PPE. Through the recent muck ups of PPE handout towards hospitals and the lack of any to local supermarkets, it is clear to see this is a bigger problem than what Boris Johnson has given the public an insight into.  With matters like ten years out of date face masks being given to hospitals and nothing given to supermarket workers, it is clear to see that it is way too early to ease the restrictions and open up the economy again.

The government needs a journey of priority, and its first step is to put public health first. Corona related deaths may be going down, but the opening of the economy, to this small extent,  is putting the health of the working class at risk. We need to make sure that the life of every individual is protected. Regardless of class, the humane debate of the world is to stop deaths. It needs to be recognized that,  the countries with the highest recorded death rates are the countries who put the economy of the state over the health of the individual. In order to alleviate the uncertainty of Corona, this should have never of  been the choice; there is no choice when it comes to the lives of people.