LONDON | The british government has attempted Tuesday to convince the”integrity” of the special adviser to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, accused of violating the rules of containment and turn the page after this embarrassing controversy.
After three days of controversy, the brain of the referendum campaign in 2016 which has led to the Brexit said Monday at a press conference that he had acted in a way that “legal and reasonable” by browsing through 400 kilometres, despite the containment, which required the British to stay at home.
Fearing to be contaminated COVID-19, he explained, has travelled with his wife and their four year old son at home with his parents to Durham, in the north-east of England, because he was looking for a solution to keep her child.
Heavy weight of the government, minister Michael Gove has come to the rescue of Dominic Cummings in presenting him as “a man of honor and integrity.”
“I think most people will understand that he was under pressure and wanted to put in first (place) the health of his wife and his son”, he said at the microphone of the BBC.
A second journey of Mr. Cummings is particularly criticized: a visit to the vicinity of the castle of Barnard, on the day of the birthday of his wife. The advisor assured her that this trip by car of about forty miles had to allow him to check that he could drive safely, because his eyesight had been affected by the virus.
“This certainly seems contrary to the Code of the road, this is not a way to test his sight”, has blasted the BBC on Tuesday that the former head of the Manchester police, Peter Fahy.
The explanations of Mr. Cummings did not satisfied the press.
More daily spent Tuesday on the absence of remorse and apology from the councillor, putting in the second plan the government announcements on a planned re-opening of stores, “non-essential” in mid-June, a major easing of restrictions at the end of march to combat the spread of the pandemic.
Despite the attempts of the government and the prime minister and Boris Johnson come to the rescue of the adviser, the storm continues to rumble, including within the ranks of conservatives, where dozens of mps calling for his resignation.