"Dominic Cummings - Witch-hunt!
Caught doing what exactly? Despite all the accusations in the press, it appears he did nothing but use his best efforts to provide a safe environment for his family, and in particular, his 4yr old autistic child, whilst steadfastly maintaining complete social distancing and keeping within the rules?
My neighbours, the hypocritical press, most people I've come across in the supermarket, half the country it seems, are openly flouting the distancing rules, but Dominic Cummings tries to do his best for his family, whilst keeping within the rules, and suddenly everyone is an expert and insists he's done something terrible, so he must be hung drawn and quartered! People need to take a look at themselves before they begin the stoning.
Social distancing is at the heart of keeping the virus at bay. No matter what you may think of him as a person, DC put no-one at risk. He maintained social distancing throughout (unlike the journo's clamoring and screeching like a bunch of chimpanzees around him, whenever he appears outside his own home - when are they going to be sacked?).
He took great care to avoid any close interaction with anyone outside his small family unit and had the sense to realize that being near someone who was at very low risk, who knew his son personally, and who could provide childcare if both he and his wife became too ill, would be the best solution.
Other people made different choices - so what? That was up to them - the rules were clearly explained during the endless daily briefings, so everyone was made aware that they had some latitude over the 'stay at home' message when it came to finding care for young children. No-one can blame DC for the fact that they didn't make the same choices as him. Let's not forget, he too, lost someone who was dear to him during this period.
There is no correlation between this situation and that of someone not being allowed to spend time with a loved one who is seriously ill in hospital - that is a completely separate issue and should cause much greater concern - those questions need to be directed at the NHS and those in charge of providing health services. Lumping these situations together is pure malevolence.
This whole ugly, ridiculous debacle is a shining example of why the gutter press (and by that, I mean all of them) and general media need to be reigned in and made subject to effective controls.
Throughout the whole Covid 19 period, the media has waged war on the health of the nation. They bang on about safeguarding the public, yet they are the people most responsible for whipping up anxiety and stress, bombarding us with negativity, undermining confidence and publishing pure nastiness, thwarting any attempts to improve the mental wellbeing of a nation in crisis, all in the name of reporting the news.
Unfortunately, their idea of 'news' is simply lies, gossip, tittle tattle, rumours, twisting the truth for their own ends, political point scoring, uncorroborated accusations and the irresponsible ravings of people with an axe to grind. Piers Morgan, Gary Lineker, 'anonymous' Civil Service members, even Church leaders are getting in on the act…they should all be ashamed of their deliberately divisive behaviour.
As far as I am concerned, the situation is, as others have said in so many words: A man does what he thinks is best for his ailing family, whilst adhering to the rules regarding the protection of young children and social distancing – the press jump on him like slavering wolves and endeavour to tear him limb from limb."