Dominic Cummings heckled with calls of ‘resign’ and ‘shame’ as he heads home
PUBLISHED: 21:11 24 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:52 25 May 2020
Footage posted on social media showed Dominic Cummings being heckled by a crowd of onlookers as he returned to his London home after Boris Johnson’s latest press briefing.
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New footage shows a passerby asking “why’s it one rule for you and another for everybody else?
“Why do you think you’re above the law, mate?
“Why do you think it’s alright to go picking bluebells?”
Johnson’s senior aide responds: “Shouldn’t believe everything you read in the newspaper”.
“So you’re saying all these people are lying?” asks the member of the public. “Is that what you’re saying you think they’re all lying all these witnesses?”
“Don’t believe all you read in the papers,” says Cummings in response.
“I don’t believe everything I read in the newspapers,” says the man in reply. “Especially when you’re the source mate”.
Others join in the questioning asking how many times he went to Durham, by this point he has stopped responding.
“How many times did you go there, mate, when load of people were locked down and some of them couldn’t even go to people’s funerals,” says the man.
At this point another woman tells him: “My mum’s terrified, my dad’s had three shoulder operations... she won’t even entertain me in her garden with a tent.”
Other footage in a separate video shows her explaining: “I’m a single parent. I’ve had no childcare since the beginning of this whole mess, not that I can afford to pay any child care.
Another shouted: “Would you recommend Barnard Castle for a day out?”
As he entered his home, shouts of “hypocrite”, “resign” and “shame” could be heard from the group, which did not appear to be associated with the assembled media.
Earlier Boris Johnson fronted the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing to publicly back Cummings, saying he had “acted responsibly, legally and with integrity” by driving 260 miles to County Durham to isolate and that “any parent would frankly understand what he did”.
YouGov polling showed that a majority of the public believe he did break the rules, and more than half want him to resign.
A snap poll on Saturday found that 68% of Britons think Dominic Cummings broke coronavirus rules and 52% think he should step down from his job.
The survey of 3,707 adults, carried out on Saturday, showed just 28% think he should stay on, with 20% on the fence.
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