I’ve received floods of emails from constituents over the weekend who are furious at Dominic Cummings’ flagrant abuse of the critical public health measures in place and how Boris Johnson has failed them. I am equally as furious and I know the sacrifices you are making and the personal tragedies you’ve endured.
The public feel cheated. The nation wanted to see leadership from the Prime Minister – to right the wrongs of his most trusted adviser. Instead, the Prime Minister upheld that there is in fact one rule for his closest advisers and another for everybody else. Boris Johnson has seriously misjudged the mood of the nation and with no resignation, sacking or inquiry on the table for Cummings, the Prime Minister’s silence speaks volumes.
For many weeks we have all had to make intolerable sacrifices whilst adhering to strict lockdown measures. We’ve been unable to see our loved ones in their final moments, single parents have struggled and grandparents have been unable to see their grandchildren. It’s been very difficult, but we knew that it was for the common good – to save lives and protect our NHS.
Dominic Cummings’ actions and the Prime Minister’s unwavering support for him show nothing but contempt for the people who have made those sacrifices, who have been ill, isolated and have struggled on through lockdown for weeks. Who have not interpreted the regulations however they saw fit and have respected both the letter and the spirit of the law, often to their detriment.
However angry you may be, please remember that your sacrifices aren’t all in vain and your actions are saving people’s lives. It’s through our sacrifices that thousands more haven’t lost loved ones. The message remains the same in Wales- stay home, save lives. We are all missing our families and friends, but our sacrifice – everyone included – is the only way out of this pandemic and we must keep going.
The Labour Party is calling for an urgent inquiry into this whole debacle. Keir Starmer was unequivocal that if he were Prime Minister, he would have sacked Dominic Cummings. The public deserve greater clarity and as Cardiff North’s MP I will push for this and will call out the hypocrisy pedalled by the UK Government at every available opportunity.