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Al Jazeera 27 May 2020

Dominic Cummings fuels British anger after flouting lockdown


In the United Kingdom, a political storm is intensifying over a top government adviser's cross-country trip, taken while he thought he might be infected with COVID-19 and while the entire country was in lockdown.

Dominic Cummings has enraged the public further with his unapologetic response to the outcry over his actions, instead justifying what he did. Conservative party leaders have also defended Cummings.
Meanwhile, other European countries are starting to open up after their lockdowns and to figure out what life will look like from now on.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from London, UK.

Dominic Cummings has insisted "I behaved reasonably and legally" after it was revealed he travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during lockdown.

When asked by reporters if his trip looked good, he said: "Who cares about good looks? It's a question of doing the right thing. It's not about what you guys [the media] think."

The PM's top aide, who emerged from his London home on Saturday holding a bicycle and ball, also told off reporters for not social distancing, telling them: "You're supposed to be more than two metres apart - move out of the way."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that he has spoken to Dominic Cummings about his lockdown breach and believes the senior adviser had no alternative to breaking lockdown.

The PM described the decision made by Mr Cummings as 'the instincts of every father' and 'responsible and legal'.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to sack his chief adviser following further claims that Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules.

The Prime Minister's top adviser had already admitted that he drove 260 miles from London to Durham with his wife and young son in March to self-isolate at a family property despite strict restrictions against long-distance journeys.

Now, the Sunday Mirror and the Observer claim he made a second trip to Durham and was seen there on 19 April - five days after being photographed in Downing Street on his return to Westminster.
Labour is demanding a 'swift explanation' after reports that the Prime Minister's chief adviser Dominic Cummings trounced lockdown rules.

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