CORONAVIRUS | POLITICS (STILL) GOING CRAZY


This Covid-19 crisis is certainly flushing out who and what we are as a nation – with an awful lot of road to travel yet. Douglas Ross probably had no choice in resigning as a junior government minister and I respect his decision; he’s a dyed-in-the-wool constituency MP and I admire him for that. However, here’s my take on the issue which I’ve shared directly with Mr Ross …

This morning my Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Douglas Ross, resigned from his government role as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. He resigned on the back of the Dominic Cummings’ furore. Here’s Mr Ross’s reason for resigning:

Fair enough. However, the Dominic Cummings’ issue is little more than an insane, politically-motivated episode.

Journalists these days are more political activists than pursuers of the truth, currently being given more visibility and, therefore, more power than they possibly deserve. Parliament should get back to work. The pointless daily press conferences, which tell us nothing we can’t find out for ourselves from other reliable sources, should be stopped immediately; they’re just a platform for those grandstanding journalists. The political debate should occur in the House of Commons and not in daily, televised Kangaroo Courts.

If anybody has come out badly from this self-inflicted crisis it’s the mainstream media journalists who’ve virtually to a man/woman made complete arses of themselves.

Unlike my local MP, I’m pleased that Mr Cummings has kept his job, after flipping and flopping between wanting him to stay, then to go, then to stay [confession for reader, Jerry]. My indecision reflected the controversial nature of the man himself and the extraordinary level of brouhaha surrounding the matter. Let’s hope Mr Cummings continues to contribute to shaking up and stirring up the unholy mess that is our politics and civil service these days whilst shrugging off the dolts in the press like he did yesterday. Dominic Cummings was hired as much as anything to facilitate desperately-needed transformation of our political machinery.

Enforcing lockdown was never going to work the longer lockdown goes on. It’s nothing to do with Dominic Cummings’ behaviour. It’s to do with human nature. People will only tolerate unenforceable and evidently unjustifiable state control for so long before they take matters into their own hands.

Once again the nation is cleaved down the middle: half of us remain terrified of a tiny threat to life, consistent with government fear-mongering propaganda, and half of us simply beg to get on with our lives whilst tolerating the tiny threat of dying from a disease from which we didn’t stand any threat from dying this time last year. Certainly, the vulnerable by age and by pre-existing ill-health must be protected, and can be. However, the latter cohort – the let’s-get-on-with-our-lives group – which includes me, will prevail in the longer-term and, I hope, will be suitably bolshie in the short- and medium-term to foment a shift in political attitude.

When the second quarter economic data is published at the end of June there’ll be some jaw-dropping economic and social horrors made evident. That half of the population determined to hide under their duvets ad infinitum will diminish as reality intrudes; and, by the cringe, that reality’s going to look ugly. We’re still in a phoney lull at the moment. In terms of the impact of Covid-19 on our society, we really ain’t seen nothing yet. The economic consequences will be horrendous.

The Dominic Cummings’ episode was a failed attempt by the Left-Liberal brigade, which includes most of the mainstream media, to subvert the elected government – just like they tried to subvert the EU Referendum result. Look how that worked out.

Mr Ross has fallen foul of the national, lynch-mob hysteria engulfing our every waking moment. He says that, ‘Mr Cummings’ interpretation of the government advice was not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the government asked’. Mr Ross has no hard evidence that ‘the vast majority of people’ are, in effect, in favour of cowering in their homes as the economy implodes. At best we’re 50/50 – Hide/Emerge. I’ve a suspicion that as soon as the national economic bloodbath is given some airtime, there could well be, as with the EU/Brexit debacle, a silent majority of Brits who couldn’t give a monkey’s uncle about Dominic Cummings’ behaviour. Certainly, I can’t.

PS I’d rather our politicians fulfilled their duties and obligations without the need for Special Advisers, or SPAds as they’re known; people like Dominic Cummings. However, Tony Blair kicked off the arrangement during his Prime Ministerial days, borrowed from American politics, and SPAds would appear to be here for the time being. Dominic Cummings’ mistake wasn’t to expose himself to criticism for allegedly breaking the lockdown rules; his mistake was to be in the public eye, and some.

PPS I wrote the gist of my post above as a comment on the Daily Telegraph online website this morning under it’s Editorial. Currently, mine is the highest rated comment, so I’m not entirely alone in my thinking: It’s time to move on from the Cummings’ saga

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19 comments

  1. deejaym · · Reply

    From Breitbart……..

    “Douglas Ross, the little-known former government minister who resigned from his junior position over Dominic Cummings’ movements during lockdown, made an even longer cross-country trip to London — because his home Internet was “adequate at best”.

    Mr Ross made the long journey from northern Scotland to southern England after having managed in his home constituency for some eight weeks, claiming that, for him “home working has been successful to a point, but living in a rural part of Moray, my connection to the internet has been adequate at best.”

    He also complained of two occasions when his WiFi failed during a virtual Select Committee session, and some of his contributions having “broken audio”.

    Ross also said he was “required to take a small piece of legislation through the House of Commons” and answer parliamentary questions on behalf of the Scotland Office, claiming that, while arrangements have been put in place for parliamentarians to perform their roles remotely, the Speaker preferred that he was “physically in the House of Commons”.

    There is speculation that the particular ferociousness of the media and Remain-voting politicians in their pursuit of Cummings may have something to do with the fact that, on recovering from the coronavirus, he squashed a plan to extend the ongoing Brexit “transition period” — in which Britain remains an EU member in all but name — which had been “all but agreed at official level” while he and Prime Minister Johnson were out of action…..”

    The phrase, No shit Sherlock, comes to mind !

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  2. Hi Old Goat, nice to see your name here.To persevere is the only option and especially publically. However, I can say that it’s too late.Far too late.The great steamroller to destroy liberty is unstoppable now.It will end in violence. Persevering at least helps me sleep at night.

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  3. reallyoldbill · · Reply

    And while the media continues to obsess about Cummings, desperate not to fail in its bid to oust him from his position before the pivotal transition extension deadline on June 30th, a Scottish blogger, Effie Deans, (effiedeans.com) draws attention to the journey made by Ian Blackford MP, SNP leader at Westminster, from his London address all the way to Skye during the period of restriction, over twice the distance travelled by Cummings. Not only that but he immediately self-isolated on arrival as he was concerned he had been exposed to the virus. As if that was not enough, he has the blatant hypocrisy to take to the airwaves demanding that Cummings be sacked for the very same alleged breach of the rules.

    I have been increasingly sickened over the last few years by politics in the UK, but never more than I have been by this episode fanned by a malicious and partisan media. And I used to wonder why some countries bred revolutionaries.

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  4. Fiona McDonald · · Reply

    I am far more worried by the 40 ‘Conservative’ MPs who are voicing their objections to Dominic Cummings & trying to prevent him from continuing with his job. There are far too many Liberal non-Conservatives in the Conservative Party for my liking who are still threatening the preferred & voted for route for this country. This country needs serious reform. I would like to see a list of these people to know my enemies.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      That very concern has crossed my mind this past 24 – 36 hours. So many “Conservative” politicians are unreconstructed Liberals despite the clear out – to some extent – at the last General Election. I fear that my own MP is in the Liberal camp: a Remainer in the Referendum and a fan of Ruth Davidson (I had to look up her name because I’d forgotten her completely). I use the term ‘Liberal’ in the pejorative sense, as do the Americans of my ilk …
      I refer to myself as a Gladstonian Liberal from a time when liberalism was closer to what we might call libertarianism now.
      Our politics is a shambles really …

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    2. I have to agree there are far too many faux conservaties still. I have a genuine conservative MP, but in the neighbouring seat they have to endure Roger Gale. 17,000+ majority at the last election. He has been there since 1983. The only decent thing he has done in that time was beat Blair’s wife into third place at the 1983 election. An alleged eurosceptic, but I suspect that is not a deeply held conviction at all. It irritated me greatly that he saw fit to criticise Cummings. However he has worked his way to a knighthood and enriched his family at public expense whilst doing nothing of note safe in the knowledge he is never going to be removed.

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  5. Boyd Stokes · · Reply

    As always, a great scribble. You word my thoughts and feelings pretty much in full.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      I scribble primarily to understand and to relieve myself (in the best possible taste) …

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  6. Chris · · Reply

    … and there’s that name Blair again. He of education > edukayshun > edoo-K-shon … and ‘Meeja Studies’ degrees from the bottom of Rice Krispy packets.
    Cummings. The mob, and the creatures infesting the swamp, rightly perceive him as a threat. It really is time to drain it and neuter those that crawl out.
    Ross.
    ‘Wee Krankie’ made him a better offer ?
    Time will tell.
    Off topic, but I read the Greggs the bakery chain is hoping to open some of its outlets mid-June.
    Here in Germany, the bakery that I frequent reopened over a month ago. The restrictions are only two customers on the premises at any one time, and face masks to be worn.
    The British bulldog spirit appears to have gone the way of the dodo !

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  7. Gordon Diffey · · Reply

    The thrust of your argument is that they are no longer journalists but political activists in now true. Where can we go for news, what worries me is that the public at large consumes the stories peddled by journalists without any research themselves? A simple analysis of statistics used by journalists often reveals a feeble understanding of basic statistical principles. The public is wanting the best information, not spin and, often downright lies. This has resulted in the lowest trust in the media for many years. Bizarrely, the press has a lower TRust rating that politicians, something I would not have believed 12 months ago (YouGov/SkyNews Survey 20-21 April 2020).

    Most stories are titles using marketing tactics of “click-bait” and now the media is being driven online they are relying on Google Ads etc. for revenue. Incorrect facts are rarely corrected, and if they are, then the correction will be hidden deep inside websites or papers; indeed the BBC are notorious and masters of this tactic.

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  8. reallyoldbill · · Reply

    There is no doubt that the whole Dominic Cummings circus is politically inspired; if the media really thought his behaviour so outrageous why did they make so little fuss (if any at all) about a very similar “breach of the rules” by Stephen Kinnock MP. Lest anyone has forgotten (or given the lack of attention it received didn’t even know) he travelled by car from London to Wales and back to celebrate his father’s birthday during the period of Lockdown in March. He even had the audacity to post pictures of himself at his parent’s house on social media. One rule for Cummings and one for everyone else say the media. Well it would certainly appear so.

    The media has behaved disgracefully outside a family home in London, not even paying lip service to social distancing for which they are trying to pillory Cummings. A family under siege and it has been a spectacle that has destroyed for all time any respect for the press and media generally, even some previously respected titles.What is disappointing is to see Conservative MPs, and not just the predictable usual bitter suspects, jumping onto the outrage bandwagon. If they split the party, which is a distinct possibility if this sort of virtue-signalling resignations gathers pace, then they will never again be trusted by those who switched to them in December to end the previous parliament’s childish squabbling. At least get to the end of June and some transition period certainty (which is of course what has the Remain-obsessed media in such a lather) before you dare to indulge yourselves in your navel-gazing.

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  9. Martyn Edwards · · Reply

    The above is David Starkey – Covid 19 Britain’s Disastrous Response will have devastating consequences. It lasts 40 minutes and is an excellent précis of Wu Flu

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  10. Hold on – you were calling for his head the other day?!

    Jerry

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Correct. However, when the facts change, I change my mind! One day I was ‘Fire him!’, the next I was ‘He must resign!’ the next I was ‘Hang in there!’. I switched off, listened to the arguments, became ever more exasperated with the press pack, observed that after a 4-hour meeting, his boss decided to back him, listened to DC’s press briefing (good in parts), watched the press pack again (in despair) and decided – on balance – politics probably needs the bloke = this post!! I felt myself being drawn into the lynch mob – and then, thinking, wait a minute, what’s really going on here? Phew, what times we live in …

      PS Nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, of course. Just wish a few politicos and journalists would give some consideration to it occasionally …

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      1. Ah – that’s ok then; thought my senility was more advanced then before… I have to say (and, I hasten to add, not borne out of any greater sense of acuity or foresight; just ‘cos I am slow…) that when the story first broke I thought “Hold on a wee minute; the man is not a total biff; there must be more to this than meets the eye”. This thought was quickly followed by “Let’s stand back and watch the piranhas dive into a feeding frenzy here…”. I am glad I waited (kept my powder dry?) as I found his explanations (whilst clearly he was uncomfortable saying them) wholly justifiable. And the feeding frenzy did indeed start (and continues…). I think Boris has judged that people will have forgotten who DC was by the time they wake up from this nightmare.

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  11. Old Goat · · Reply

    Agree with every word, as usual. I redeploy all your writings to BiasedBBC, and also Going Postal. I desperately hope that we persevere over this interminable nonsense.

    Keep it up, enjoyable, and pertinent reading, as ever.

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  12. xantilor · · Reply

    So Ross is saying that Cummings acted in the best interests of his family, but should lose his job because lots of other people decided to put strict adherence to the guidelines before their families and therefore resent his behaviour?

    The government’s well rid of the man.

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    1. It both puzzles and worries me in equal measure that a seemingly large number of people would put adherence to duff government advice (when let’s face it there is plenty of evidence that the majority in government have little if any competence) over their own and their family’s welfare. If I still had aged parents and they were happy for me to visit then I would be doing so. Equally, had I been in Mr Cummings circumstances there is no way that I would have been putting my kids at risk of Scottish social services as suggested the other day by Ms Freeman, the Scottish Health Secretary.

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