Boris Johnson ‘s aide Dominic Cummings addressed the allegations of a lockdown breach in a live conference from 10 Downing Street this afternoon.
However, during his announcement in the Rose Garden, certain viewers were baffled after hearing a strange noise drown out the statement.
Compared to an “air horn,” the bleating noise continually interrupted Boris Johnson’s Chief Advisor as he spoke.
Taking to their keyboards, certain Twitter users wondered what had caused the noise, interrupting the politician mid-speech.
One wondered: “Is someone playing a giant violin? #cummings.”
Another joked: “What is that noise? Is it an electronic lie detector??”
A third chimed: “Someone playing a violin through a megaphone apparently. Make of that what you will.”
“For the love of everything good and pure…. someone shut that noise down in the background!!! #Cummings,” added a fourth.
Mr Cummings was accused of flouting lockdown restrictions on several occasions, travelling between London and Durham.
He said he did not tell Prime Minister Johnson when he decided to drive his family the 260-mile distance during the lockdown.
Speaking today, Mr Cummings defended his actions, saying: “I believe in all the circumstances I behaved reasonably and legally.”
The PM’s aide continued: “I do not regret what I did,” before adding that “reasonable people may well disagree”.
Addressing the backlash, he announced: “I have not offered to resign,” before adding: “I have not considered it.”
Mr Cummings said he made the decision based on fears over a lack of childcare if he fell ill with Covid-19, as well as over concerns about his family’s safety.
He said: “The truth is that I had argued for lockdown, I did not oppose it but these stories had created a very bad atmosphere around my home, I was subjected to threats of violence, people came to my house shouting threats, there were posts on social media encouraging attacks.”
Before continuing: “I don’t regret what I did. I think reasonable people may well disagree about how I thought about what to do in the circumstances, but I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances.
“The rules made clear that if you are dealing with small children that can be exceptional circumstances.
“And I think that the situation that I was in was exceptional circumstances and the way that I dealt with it was the least risk to everybody concerned if my wife and I had both been unable to look after our four-year-old.”