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ANDREW ROBERTS: The Left hate and fear Dominic Cummings because he understands working-class voters and they don't

By Andrew Roberts For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:01, 30 May 2020 | Updated: 22:04, 30 May 2020

The British liberal elite and its media acolytes in full lynch-mob mode is a truly disgusting sight.  Pitchforks aloft, torches alight, screaming in the street, certain of its moral superiority and most delicious of all the smell of Brexiteer blood in its nostrils.  Outside the home of its intended victim, its yelling reporters and snapping photographers ignore social distancing in their excitement, even though the story is, ironically, about social distancing.  Who cares that ultimately what was in question was the wellbeing of a four-year-old child, whose parents both feared they had a potentially life-threatening illness?

Could we expect a rational discussion of whether a civil servant broke the provisions of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020?

Of course not, because this was Dominic Cummings, the man the Left hate more than anyone. And that is because they fear him.  At least in this orgy of virtue-signaling, one might have expected the sober prelates of the Church of England to calm things down a bit, to see that putting one's family first in a nightmare situation might at least be worthy of some Christian consideration.   Not a bit of it. A dozen bishops all simultaneously gave their blessing to the lynch mob, urging it on just as medieval popes did the Crusades.  One wonders if there's a WhatsApp group for outraged anti-Tory bishops because, of the 12, eight denounced a no-deal Brexit last year.  'Do we accept being lied to, patronised and treated by a PM as mugs?' tweeted Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds.

'What are we to teach our children? (I ask as a responsible father.)'

I know I'd sooner be the son of a father willing to drive halfway across the country to find loving childcare near my parents than be a bishop who wants to trumpet what a 'responsible' father he is by writing chippy, divisive rubbish such as: 'We learn that there is one rule for the people and another for No 10 and the elite.'

The bishop might be right in a way he doesn't understand. For no ordinary people would be vilified, hounded and abused in the way that Cummings has been.   When he's older, and the son of Cummings and his wife Mary Wakefield learns the lengths to which his parents went to keep him safe, he will be proud of them. (I speak as a responsible father.)   'The PM's risible defence of Cummings is an insult to all those who have made such sacrifices to ensure the safety of others,' tweets John Inge, the Bishop of Worcester.

An insult?


In what possible way does standing by someone whom one believes has stayed within the rules 'insult' anyone else?

It's fine for bishops to want to be politicians, but where does it say in the constitution that they should all be almost without exception of Labour or Lib Dem persuasion?

If the bishops are going to weigh into politics, with their 26 seats in the House of Lords, then the Tories who make up a proportion of their parishioners ought to have more representation there, too.  BBC radio news predictably adorned its own slanted coverage of the Cummings story with a lady who cried on air the gold-dust of 'gotcha' journalism when talking about her dead father, effectively likening the No10 advisor to a murderer.  Yet without logically explaining how Cummings' actions damage either her or her late father in any way.   Where emotion takes over, rational discussion collapses, and the BBC's shoehorning of grieving relatives into a story about a four-year-old's emergency childcare was a classic of its genre.  I'd wondered whether the fact that Cummings has a beautiful, talented, and upper-class wife might have added to people's resentment.  Sure enough, Alastair Campbell plumbed a new low on Sky News, ranting at presenter Kay Burley: 'I'll allege what the hell I like!'

'Get his wife on the programme,' he said about a short article Wakefield had written about the couple's experience, and ask her about 'what she wrote in her little Mills & Boon love story about her lovely Dom.'

Sexist, sarcastic and factually incorrect all in one sentence. Good going. Yet Campbell did unconsciously allow us an insight into the thinking behind the liberal Left's loathing of Cummings, when he denounced, 'this Right-wing hideous cabal that's taken over this country.'

Taken over?

Not 'decisively won the December 2019 General Election'?

Campbell prefers to see Boris's victory so effectively aided by Cummings as some sort of a coup d'etat rather than as a normal and entirely proper function of the democratic process.  That is the key point: Cummings is viewed as dangerous by the Left because his understanding of working-class voters over both Brexit and at the last Election proved so much more accurate than theirs.  He has plotted a way forward for the Tories that appeals to such voters, especially in the North East.  That's why his Left-wing opponents are desperate to drag him down.  Of course, it's not just the Left that has denounced Cummings; a slew of Tory MPs fearful of their constituents' reaction has, too.  But it is the Left that has adopted the worst kind of hyperbolic language.  Perhaps it is a back-handed tribute to Cummings that they have reacted in this exaggerated way, betraying the fear they feel.  As for some of the Tories who did not want to argue the Cummings case with their constituents, it's as well that Boris knows early on in this Government who he can rely on in a tight spot, and who will put their self-preservation first, even four-and-a-half years away from the next General Election.  For his own part, Boris has shown that he will stand by a friend and colleague regardless of the hit he has taken in the opinion polls.  Such a reputation is a fine and unusual one to have in modern British politics. We saw his magnanimity in the way he treated Michael Gove after the 2016 Tory leadership election imbroglio; now we see his fierce loyalty.  What the Left tend to forget is this: if they do, indeed, destroy Cummings's career and it could easily still happen, despite the police saying there is no case to answer the phone lines still work at No10.  Cummings would still be functioning as an adviser of brilliance, but on a private-sector basis, earning three or four times his present taxpayer-funded salary.  The lockdown was the right thing to have done. Indeed, Cummings was a leading proponent of it.  Yet Britain is now in serious danger of turning a sensible public-health measure into some kind of religion, complete with its own saints and sinners, heretics and apostates.  It is profoundly un-British and, in the way it has been so egregiously manipulated, worryingly sinister.