The hypocritical comments in Dominic Cummings’ evidence to MPs | Gordon Rayner analysis

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “The hypocritical comments in Dominic Cummings’ evidence to MPs | Gordon Rayner analysis” – below is their description.

    Dominic Cummings spent hours in front of a joint parliamentary committee answering questions from MPs, using it as a platform to launch scathing attacks on the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, as The Telegraph’s Associate Editor Gordon Rayner points out, the grilling wasn’t without some hypocrisy on behalf of the Prime Minister’s former adviser.

    At the very start, Mr Cummings criticised “key people” for going skiing in February 2020, and the Prime Minister for going on a holiday for two weeks, while he claimed he was attempting to bring Covid-19 to the forefront of the government’s priorities. He also claimed he took no time off during his time working for the Government.

    What Mr Cummings did not reference, says Gordon Rayner, was his very own trip to Durham and Barnard Castle later on in the year, which arguably dealt far more damage to the public’s trust of government measures.

    For a full breakdown of Dominic Cummings’ hypocritical comments, watch the video above.

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    In This Story: Barnard Castle

    Barnard Castle is a market town and tourist destination in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built.

    The Bowes Museum has what is considered to be the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton.

    Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east and Darlington to the east.

    Barnard Castle’s largest single employer is GlaxoSmithKline, which has a manufacturing facility on the town outskirts.

    The town became notorious in 2020 as the destination for a trip by the UK’s most senior political adviser, Dominic Cummings, which was judged to have broken lockdown rules and resulted in a public statement and widespread condemnation.

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