WHAT a stomach-churning and shameful debacle the screeching hate campaign against Dominic Cummings has been.
The mass hysteria on TV, social media and in his own street was like a weekend Rapture event for Remainer cultists and defeated Labour tribalists.
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In they all piled, scenting blood — every single political foe on the Left, from the BBC to the civil service.
One Whitehall numbskull even tweeted partisan abuse from the civil service’s official account, confirming precisely why Cummings wants to dismantle it.
Even a few left-wing bishops feebly threatened something or other if he wasn’t sacked. And some Tories bearing grudges joined the fray.
We do understand the public discontent at Cummings seemingly flicking two fingers at the lockdown rules for his own convenience.
But it wasn’t entirely so, was it?
Boris Johnson’s top aide gave a convincing, detailed and verifiable account of himself yesterday, as he should have done three days ago.
Some key allegations against him were false.
And he was clearly motivated solely by getting the best care for his young child when he and his wife had Covid.
The official lockdown guidelines give him at least a partial defence.
The Sun hates hypocrisy. We often call it out. Some of our readers are furious with Cummings and we get why.
But the disproportionate, whipped-up rage elsewhere was purely political.
Nothing else explains the mob laying siege to his family home, hounding and bullying him in the street, blasting attack messages on a giant screen and sickeningly being congratulated for it by their Labour MP Emily Thornberry.
Who can blame Cummings for seeking help from his family in self-isolation instead of from locals like those?
We all know what this is really about: Destroying the man who swung the EU vote, crushed Corbyn and secured a Tory majority to force Brexit through.
The man who, post-Covid, will help bring vital change to forgotten parts of Britain that sneering metropolitan Remainers despise nearly as much as they do him.
Joy in store
IT seems bonkers to be so thrilled about the shops opening. But it is glorious to see ANY lockdown restrictions lifted.
What a welcome boost to our shattered economy it will be. We can only hope pubs follow shortly after. And we entirely agree with economics professor Eyal Winter on the urgency of that.
It will be easier if social-distancing is cut from two metres to the WHO’s recommended one. If, as the professor suggests opposite, limiting how many drinks we can buy will thin out crowds to safer levels, then fine.
We do have a hunch, though. Some just might be tempted to have their limit in one boozer, then start afresh in the next.
We could call this sneaky activity a “pub crawl”.
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