Dominic Cummings has been heavily criticised for travelling from London to Durham during the coronavirus lockdown in order to safeguard his four-year-old son. He stayed at a remote family farm in Durham with his wife and child while they isolated with coronavirus symptoms and later travelled to Barnard Castle to “test his eyesight”. Yesterday Boris Johnson’s chief aide refused to apologise or say he regretted making the journey during a rare press conference held in the garden of Downing Street.
In response to the fierce opposition to Mr Cummings, where many MPs, bishops and commentators have called for his resignation, Express.co.uk polled readers on the matter.
The survey, carried out from 9am-7pm on May 26, asked: “Did Dominic Cummings make a mistake with lockdown journeys?”
The majority of the 19,198 respondents said Mr Cummings, who masterminded the Vote Leave campaign in the EU referendum, did not make a wrong move.
Almost two thirds, 62 percent (11,587 people) voted “no”, while 35 percent (680 people) said “yes”.
Just three percent (630 people) responded “maybe”.
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Several readers suggested the current furore surrounding Mr Cummings’ actions was a “witch hunt”.
One person said: “The whole thing’s been turned into a witch hunt by Cummings’ political opponents.”
Another simply wrote: “What a witch hunt!”
A third person said: “A mans first duty is to his family.
“In the circumstances what Cummings did was perfectly understandable and in fact WAS within the rules if anyone has bothered to read them in full.
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“This media witch hunt is disgusting.”
Another person agreed Mr Cummings was simply acting as any anxious parent would.
In response to the poll, they wrote: “No he did not – any right minded, sane and normal parent would have done exactly the same, under the circumstances, if they were able to.”
One reader said the special adviser simply used his common sense and should not be berated for his actions.
They wrote: “Man leaves his house, Labour activists want to lynch him.
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“The guide lines were clear, if you feel you must travel, do so, but do not if you can avoid it.
“Common sense really, but suddenly the corrupt media and Labour want to lynch a man for being a caring father.”
Some readers suggested Mr Cummings was being so heavily criticised because he succeeded in his attempt to pull the UK out of the European Union.
One person wrote: “The odious Leftys detest this man who is along with Boris got us out of the EU, sorry you lost again, WE ARE OUT.”
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Another user agreed and said: “Press blowing up some non story just because they hate probably the greatest advisor and greatest Brexit ally the architect behind the campaign.”
But other readers disagreed and suggested the advisers actions could cause people to break the lockdown rules in the coming days and weeks.
One person wrote: “Cummings has proven that the whole lock down is a farce.
“No need to stay at home, just use your instinct.”