Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings

Questions

1.  Dominic Cummings said that on 27 March he rushed home believing his wife may have had coronavirus but returned to work when she declared that she was feeling better. Why then did Cummings go back to work when the guidance at that time was that “all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

2.  Downing Street said that Cummings had developed symptoms “over the weekend” of the 28 and 29 March. This means that Cummings travelled to Durham after both he and his wife had developed symptoms. Was this not a clear breach of the rules and was this a good judgement in terms of driving whilst unwell?

3.  What childcare arrangements are usually available to Cummings and his family, in London, why were they not available when he, apparently, needed them, and what enquiries did he make about the availability of childcare?

4. Was it responsible behaviour for Dominic Cummings to go on a road trip, which was approximately a 60 mile round trip to Barnard Castle, with wife and child in the car, to assess whether he was fit to drive and that his eyesight was good enough?  The 1988 Road Traffic Act says: “If a person drives a motor vehicle on a road while his eyesight is such (whether through a defect which cannot be, or one which is not for the time being, sufficiently corrected) that he cannot comply with any requirement as to eyesight prescribed under this Part of this Act for the purposes of tests of competence to drive, he is guilty of an offence.” The Highway Code says: “You MUST report to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) any health condition likely to affect your driving.”

Dom goes to Barnard Castle to test his eyes
Dom goes to Barnard Castle to test his eyes

5. If the trip to Barnard Castle on 12 April happened within the required 14 days of isolation, was this not a clear breach of both isolation and lockdown requirements? It was reported that Cummings himself wrote: “At the end of March and for the first two weeks of April I was ill, so we were both shut in together.” This means that both him and his wife broke isolation and lockdown rules does it not?

 6. Was it coincidence that the trip out to the beauty spot at Barnard Castle was  on his wife’s birthday?

7.  Is it not ironic that, on the day Mary Wakefield and Dominic Cummings travelled to Barnard Castle she retweeted a tweet from Boris Johnson which said, “The efforts of millions of people across this county to stay at home are worth it.”?  This tweet was followed by the hashtag #StayHomeSaveLives. Does this not imply that they both knew that they should ‘stay at home’ or did they believe that Cummings and his wife were exceptions to this rule?

Mary Wakefield
Mary Wakefield's ironic re-tweet

8.  Could his wife Mary Wakefield not have shared the drive back to London if he felt worried about driving the whole journey?

9.  Did Grant Shapps knowingly lie when he said, in a press conference that Cummings, “stayed put for 14 days” when a trip to Barnard Castle 0n 12 April happened with the required 14 days of self isolation?  Cummings also took a trip to a hospital to collect his wife and son on 3 April: he did not “stay put for 14 days”.

10.  Is the recent references that Government officials have made to the ‘small print’ of their key lockdown messages, has this not been a purposely misleading deception when the emphasis of the guidance issued by the Government clearly states that people must remain “in their primary residence”? The advice continued with clear, precise instructions,  “not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk…Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home is not allowed”.

11.  Why has Cummings, his wife and child never been tested for coronavirus and, if they have, why have the results not been released? It is possible that Cummings and his wife and child had simply gone on a break to his parent’s farm in Durham?

12.  Why did Cummings go to the hospital on 3 April to collect his wife and child when the guidance states that,People with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus and who do not require hospital treatment are told they “must remain at home until they are well”. General NHS guidelines on being discharged from hospital say: “If you’re being discharged, arrange for a relative or friend to collect you, or let the staff know if they need to make other transport arrangements for you.”

13.  If Dominic Cummings was as ill as Mary Wakefield reported, how was he able to drive to a hospital to collect his wife and child on 3 April? His wife wrote in The Spectator , “Dom couldn’t get out of bed. Day in, day out for 10 days he lay doggo with a high fever and spasms that made the muscles lump and twitch in his legs. He could breathe, but only in a limited, shallow way.”  This was well within the 10 days she mentions so how was it possible or safe for him to undertake this drive?

14.  Why did Durham Police first make the statement, “In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the guidelines around self-isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel.” before later changing it to ‘no advice was given’?

15.  If Mary Wakefield did not believe that her family had done anything wrong in travelling away from home to isolate themselves in London, why didn’t she mention it in her article in The Spectator where she describes the traumatic events? It must have been a tortuous 260-mile journey, without a break, that most writers would perceive as prime material! Peter Kay has made a fortune out of far less dramatic journeys!

Mary and Dom share car in traumatic escape to Durham
Mary and Dom share car in traumatic escape to Durham

16.  If Mary Wakefield did not believe that her family had done anything wrong in travelling away from home to Durham to isolate, why did she appear to attempt to cover her tracks by misleading the public of their location when she wrote, “After the uncertainty of the bug itself, we emerged from quarantine into the almost comical uncertainty of London lockdown.”? The truth is they emerged from quarantine in Durham to embark upon journey of 4 to 5 hours before arriving in London.

17.  Does Dominic Cummings have clear scientific evidence of how long he would have remained infectious and, therefore, a risk to people in Barnard Castle, Durham and London? This is an important issue as a recent study has shown that people who have recovered from coronavirus are testing positive after they have been discharged. Has he had tests to ensure that he no longer carries the infection?

18.  Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, resigned for breaking the lockdown rules when she twice visiting her second home. Unlike Cummings and his wife, who travelled 260 across the country believing they had been infected by coronavirus, she did not. Which is the worse offence?

19. When on 11 April Dominic Cummings says that he sought medical advice and was apparently told that he was able to return to work and seek childcare? Who provided this advice? Was it in person or a telephone consultation? What information was given to the ‘medical advisor’ to enable him or her to advise Cummings to go back to work and that there was no danger of him infecting others?

20.  As the version of events offered by the Durham Police force changed in relation to first giving advice on coronavirus isolation after a complaint was made, to only offering advice on ‘security’, could the full record of police interactions with the Cummings family placed in the public domain? 

21.  If the Durham police received a report from a person that Cummings had behaved illegally by taking residence in a house in Durham having left his own home in London, why was this not followed up and the outcome recorded instead of only visiting the house at the request of Cummings’ father for security advice? If the Durham police did not investigate a complaint, why not?

22.  If Cummings has been reported as being back at the Durham property on 19 April, which means that he may have made a further visit form London, has this alleged breach of the law been investigated and is a mobile phone evidence of a person’s location. If this accusation hasn’t been investigated by police, why not?

Durham id so Bracing
Durham id so Bracing
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