We are being told by our leaders that the people are not interested in the actions of Dominic Cummings and want to move on – they are lying to us. We are furious. Let’s flood the Number 10 letter box with letters expressing that fury to show that we really do care and it IS a big deal! Use our letter template (below or attached) or write your own letter. But whatever you do, make sure you get to a letter box soon to let Boris Johnson know how you feel about it. PLEASE SHARE
The Rt. Honourable Boris Johnson, MP
Office of the Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister,
I write to you to express my anger and dismay at your response, as the leader of our national effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, to the behaviour of your Chief Adviser Dominic Cummings.
As a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), Cummings was a key architect of the lockdown policy that you implemented on 23rd March. His actions as a leader of the response to COVID-19 appear egregious, but his lack of contrition is inexcusable. As such, your unwillingness to condemn him and to request his apology to the British public is astonishing. In promoting his questionable narrative of events, you have insulted the intelligence of the British people and fundamentally undermined the UK’s ability to respond to a challenge unknown in most of our lifetimes.
The British public have risen beyond expectations to adhere to your instruction to stay at home, with millions sacrificing their right to basic freedoms, overwhelmingly recognising the need to act for the common good. We have almost all tried our best under the most difficult circumstances. Many thousands have made extraordinary and heart-breaking sacrifices to comply with this command.
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Government leaders owe it to key workers and all others putting themselves at risk in the response to COVID-19 to adhere to their own message and to admit fault when they do not. To not do so fatally undermines public trust in the government and the temporary social contract that we have entered into, where we have willingly given up our usual freedoms in order to come together to tackle a pandemic unprecedented in our time. We’ve already seen evidence on social media and from the police that the public are using Cummings’ behaviour as an excuse for their own breaking of this contract.
Undermining public health messages will lead to even more deaths and compromise the COVID-19 response in the UK. It is likely to have a deleterious impact on the new test and trace strategy – for which public compliance is essential – and thus our ability to further contain the virus and enable our economy to start up once more.
I believe Mr Cumming’s should apologise and resign from his post, and that you should make clear that the government is sorry for his actions, both to prevent any further undermining of our response and to rebuild public trust and consent.