JK Rowling has hit out at Dominic Cummings amid his lockdown scandal, which saw him drive 250 miles from London to Durham despite strict travel measures being imposed on the UK.
He was spotted at his parents’ house in County Durham at the beginning of April, before lockdown restrictions were eased slightly.
A statement from 10 Downing Street said that Mr Cummings had driven to his parents’ house to ensure his child could be taken care of, since his wife was suffering from coronavirus symptoms and he feared he would also contract it.
However, the Harry Potter author was having none of it as she responded to a tweet from Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, who argued: ‘Taking care of your wife and young child is justifiable and reasonable, trying to score political points over it isn’t.’
She wrote: ‘People have missed funerals of loved ones because of lockdown.
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‘Many have had to look after their own young children while ill. One of the architects of the rules keeping those people housebound drove across the UK, knowing he had the virus. Indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness.’
People have missed funerals of loved ones because of lockdown. Many have had to look after their own young children while ill. One of the architects of the rules keeping those people housebound drove across the UK, knowing he had the virus. Indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness. https://t.co/tGzS4tF1p0— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 23, 2020
So those who make the rules get to break the rules? Your government explicitly told us not to visit elderly relatives. Look in your own bloody mirror. https://t.co/dATHbJPEoO— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 23, 2020
Responding to another tweet from Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, Rowling added: ‘So those who make the rules get to break the rules? Your government explicitly told us not to visit elderly relatives. Look in your own bloody mirror.’
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has also hit out at Cummings’ actions, responding to Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said on Twitter it was ‘completely right’ for him to find childcare for his toddler.
Brooker wrote: ‘“Got Coronavirus? Drive across the country” – Health Secretary Matt Hancock.’
âGot Coronavirus? Drive across the countryâ – Health Secretary Matt Hancock https://t.co/SlaZnnrkJx— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) May 23, 2020
The full statement from Downing Street reads: ‘Owing to his wife being infected with suspected Coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.
‘His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed. His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.
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‘At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported. His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.’
The Downing Street statement was swiftly followed by a statement from Durham police, who said it was ‘unwise’ for the PM’s aide to have travelled across the country with symptoms of the deadly virus.
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