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Sarah Dines MP belatedly supports Dominic Cummings

May 26, 2020 7:07 PM
By Peter Dobbs

Derbyshire Dales MP Sarah Dines has finally expressed an opinion as to the rights and wrongs of Dominic Cummings' 'self-isolation' with his family in Durham during the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

Despite numerous call on her Facebook page from constituents to give her opinion on the unfolding story, broken on Saturday 23rd May by the Guardian and the Mirror, there was no response for almost two days.

A polite request from the 2019 Liberal Democrat candidate Robert Court has still produced no direct reply.

Robert Court (Robert Court)

Robert Court

A response, when it came on Monday 25th May, read very much like a press release from Conservative Party HQ rather than Ms Dines' carefully considered position. It has, rather predictably, attracted a great deal of comment

It does seem that many politicians are forgetting the maxim - if you are in a hole, stop digging. There is no future in defending the indefensible - you do not test your eyesight by driving with your family in the car.

We are in a medical and economic crisis that is probably greater than anything faced since the second world war and the fact is that these same politicians being lined up to defend Mr Cummings, are the people who are responsible for leading us out of this.

The WHO tells us that 'Track Trace Isolate' will be crucial if we are to finally bring down the numbers of new UK Covid 19 cases to those of South Korea or Germany. I do not envy the task faced by the quickly recruited and trained 'army' of tracers in persuading those they call with the news that they have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, to self isolate for 14 days. What will the training manual have as a response if people ask if they can do that in their holiday home 250 miles away where childcare is available?