THIS was Boris Johnson’s chance to show what a strong leader he was in sacking Dominic Cummings.
The fact that he insisted on making excuses for him diminishes him in the eyes of the vast majority of people.
I have been a Tory all my life and was pleased when Boris achieved the premiership in spite of his many blunders, but I now believe it is time for him to go – he has shown he is a very weak leader and blustering won’t get him out of this one. Shame.
I did enjoy, however, Bernard Ingham’s remark that “there are better dressed rough sleepers” than Dominic Cummings (The Yorkshire Post, May 27). Perhaps he really should have been the adviser to Jeremy Corbyn.
From: Geoffrey North, Shakespeare Road, Guiseley.
FOR the last few days, Dominic Cummings has hit the coronavirus headlines. His so-called non-stop drive to Durham reminds me of the notorious 18th century highwayman, Dick Turpin, who allegedly rode overnight to York from London on Black Bess. I bet he stopped for a “comfort break”.
This leads me to a more serious matter. Successive governments have imported “outsiders” for expertise but these people have often rode roughshod over teams of civil servants. These non-elected and unaccountable ‘outsiders’ represent uneasy additions to our unwritten constitution. I feel that the Government should address the matter across parties with a view to establishing guidelines for their recruitment, terms of reference, compatibility with the Civil Service and code of conduct.
From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.
MANY said that this pandemic would make us a kinder, united nation. Judging by the vitriolic comments against Dominic Cummings by individuals and fuelled by London-centric media, I fear not. It seems we are all self-centred and the North-South divide is still up and running.
From: Andrew Mercer, Guiseley.
BORIS Johnson’s behaviour before the Liaison Committee showed he does not have the qualities to be a statesman – it was he, and not MPs, who was out of order.
From: Ann Hodgson, Spennithorne, Leyburn.
WE have a new word in our family vocabulary. If someone is making an excuse for their actions, it’s a Cummings!
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