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United Kingdom: the gray eminence of Boris Johnson in the turmoil

We knew the man essential in the operative part of Boris Johnson. But the force with which the first minister defends Dominic Cummings shows how it is essential, indispensable even to govern. The pressure continues, however, up to ask for the departure of her senior adviser, accused of violating the rules of containment. But Boris Johnson has estimated Sunday night that Cummings had led with "responsibility and integrity". He refuses to "throw it to the dogs", as he had confided to his close friends.

revelations of the british press have put fire to the powder Friday night. The case dates back to the end of march. According to The Daily Mirror and The Guardian, Dominic Cummings would have then left his london home to visit her parents in their seventies at Durham, in the north-east of England, while he showed symptoms of the coronavirus. A trip of 400 miles, which is full containment. In front of his home in north London, the special adviser has declared to journalists, that he was led of the "reasonable and legal". "Who cares about appearances?" he started, "what is important is to do what is right..."

Cross-fire

Downing Street has sought throughout the weekend to light counter-fires and denounced "false allegations of newspapers activists". A spokesperson has assured that Cummings had not violated the rules, but had needed help for the care of his son. "He followed the instinct of every father," said Boris Johnson. The police would have had to proceed on the 31st of march, a reminder of the rules. And new information came to defence-government Sunday. According to the same newspapers, Cummings would have been seen again in Durham on April 19, five days after his return to London, to get back to work after his recovery. It would also have been sighted on the 12th of April, Easter Sunday, at Barnard Castle, about fifty kilometers from Durham.

The opposition immediately demanded an investigation. "The british people do not expect that there is a law for him and another law for Dominic Cummings," said a spokesman for the Labour. Leader of the pro-independence scottish at Westminster, Ian Blackford said he had to "resign or be fired". Most annoying for the government, a number of conservative mps have joined the call for the resignation, including the influential Steve Baker. "It is certainly not essential, said this Brexiter hard on the chain Sky News, I think it is the end of the road".

Brutality, arrogance and manipulation

Dominic Cummings has long been a controversial figure. Omnipotent, the true strong man of the team, Johnson is deemed to be the one who pulls all the strings in the shadow. To his detractors, he is the evil genius of "BoJo". Even in the ranks of conservatives, it criticizes his authoritarianism excessive, his brutality, his arrogance and his taste for the handling. Regarded as an adventurer of the policy, a bit anarchist, "Dom" likes to break the codes and shake up the "system". Nicknamed the "cardinal of the Brexit", this 48 year old man is the inventor of the slogan "Take back control" ("take back control"), and the architect of the victory of the supporters of the divorce with the EU referendum to 2016. Again, it is he who has found the winning formula of the election of last December, "Get Brexit done" ("Realizing the Brexit"). In February, it caused the departure of the Finance minister, Sajid Javid, taking de facto control of the Treasury.

His departure would be a bitter blow for Boris Johnson, as Cummings is the great organizer of its political strategy. But for the prime minister, in this context, the efforts required of the British, it is not so easy to "regain control" of the situation.

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Yet another populist on the grill, bad sequence for them.

Robin007le 24/05/2020 20:44

This is just grotesque !

Contribuablegenereuxravipourmespetitsenfantsle 24/05/2020 20:40

no one is above the law, but the presumption of innocence is essential in any democracy It is not up to journalists to decide who should be sanctioned or condemned. What crime has he committed? A compelling need family to put his son's safety from his own parents who have an emotional connection with
this child.Of course this may seem not in accordance with the health recommendations of the time in this country
which are not the same in the other european countries

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