what i'd love to see is that every government minister is, until he's gone, asked only one question by any reporter: "What's so special about Mr Cummings that he should escape the fate of Neil Ferguson?"
eventually one of them will crack and tell us
ooh, this is gonna get good. shapps has just declared that reports that cummings returned to Durham after 14 Apr are "completely untrue", repeating the Downing St line from last night
i'm guessing the inevitable photographic evidence will be in the public domain by the end of today
also, they're "not commenting" on his sightseeing trip to barnard castle... which means that definitely happened - and should be enough to sink him by itself
of course, once boris kicks him off the cliff, things are really going to get interesting - he knows where the bodies are buried, and if anything his commitment to personal and political loyalty is even more, er... *singular* than boris' own
interesting times... made more interesting by the spectacle of a hopelessly out-of-its-depth government devouring itself before the country's eyes
and in his second interview of the day, shapps has clearly realised where this was all going and started to back off from both cummings and downing st.
"Are you absolutely sure he was not seen wandering around in Durham on 19 April, Marr asks.
Shapps answers evasively and says because something is reported in newspapers doesn’t mean it is true, says he goes by statements from No 10." ( https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/24/uk-coronavirus-live-dominic-cummings-under-intense-pressure-over-lockdown-breaches?page=with:block-5eca38db8f0886ce4f5d9599#block-5eca38db8f0886ce4f5d9599 )
he couldn't have been clearer if he'd actually come out and said "look, i'm just telling you what i've been told to tell you, but i wouldn't be surprised if the little shit lied to all of us" to andrew marr
this is important because it was pressure from Tory MPs that forced the government's hand on NHS surcharges for NHS workers
i mean, surcharging for NHS access is a profoundly immoral policy anyway, but the government was aware last week that the one thing it couldn't afford was looking hypocritical as well as cruel
i guess that used up the last of their self-awareness :-(
we're up to 5 now. Peter Bone is the latest
and these are just the ones who have broken cover this morning... others will have made their feelings known less publicly (but likely more colourfully)
cummings is not a popular figure in the conservative party. which isn't surprising, given that he was never a tory himself
6, probably - Caroline Nokes is sort of hinting that she's privately called for him to go
i'm going to stop counting now. partly because i expect the trickle will become a torrent soon, and partly because when half a dozen of your own team are desperate for you to be sent off and you're basically just the mascot...
@thamesynne thank you for the ongoing commentary, I don't have the energy to go looking for the latest myself 💜
@thamesynne which is why, after he 'resigns', he will continue to keep working 'for' Boris on the down-low.
The idea that it takes Steve Baker <spit> and Peter <gags> Bone to do The Right Thing against this person...
Anyway, you might be calling his demise too early, No. 10 and LauraK haven’t put out a joint statement this morning, have they?
@dgold i'm fully prepared to be wrong, i usually am when it comes to politics
i mean, i never through these no-hopers could ever get themselves elected in the first place, even when their opposition was jeremy corbyn... so *shrug*
@thamesynne oh, gods, no, I think you’re absolutely right. I’m not sure it’ll happen this morning is all.
I keenly await watching how deep into the ditch the BBC is willing to wade to protect Boris this time.
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