Cumming up roses

A couple of days ago on this blog, we found that poor Matt Hancock was King of the Ratios when it came to tweeting support for Dominic Cummings. But then today, we had the extraordinary sight of Dominic Cummings breaking the rules on Special Advisers to explain why he had broken the lockdown rules by going on a road trip to Durham.

So, which Cabinet ministers were moved enough by the Rose Garden farce to throw a protective Twitter ring around Dad of the Year, Dominic Cummings?

Position Name Tweet Comment
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Chancellor Rishi Sunak Dominic Cummings has made clear he was motivated by trying to protect his son and he took steps to be safe. I understand people had serious questions about his actions – indeed many of you have made huge sacrifices – but I do believe today he explained himself. Tweeted at 19:27
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab Dominic Cummings gave a detailed account of his actions and how he followed the rules applicable to his family. Meanwhile, Cabinet met today and was totally focused on tackling C19 & moving the country forward. Tweeted at 18:14

 

Home Secretary Priti Patel Nothing so far
Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove I agree with Kevin [Hollinroke MP] – it’s clear now that allegations were made which were untrue and Dominic Cummings acted legally and reasonably. Let’s concentrate on the work necessary to deal with the consequences of COVID 19 Tweeted at 17:57

 

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland Nothing so far
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace Nothing so far
Health Secretary Matt Hancock Dom Cummings was right today to set out in full detail how he made his decisions in very difficult circumstances. Now we must move on, fight this dreadful disease and get our country back on her feet Tweeted at 18:45
Business Secretary Alok Sharma Dominic Cummings has set out how he complied with guidelines when looking after his family. Having answered the questions put to him in detail, it is now time to move on and put all our energies into defeating coronavirus Tweeted at 19:28
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss Nothing so far
Work & Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey Nothing so far
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson Dominic Cummings has set out clearly what happened – hope we can all now focus on the country’s efforts to rebuild and recover from COVID-19. Tweeted at 18:31

 

Environment Secretary George Eustice Not on Twitter
HCLG Secretary Robert Jenrick Dominic Cummings gave a full and open explanation and answered every question put. He acted in the best interests of his sick wife and young child. He put no one else at risk. He clearly did what he believed was reasonable and within the rules. Tweeted at 18:48
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps Nothing so far
NI Secretary Brandon Lewis This evening Dominic Cummings has provided a comprehensive account of the events surrounding his travel to Durham. As he set out in detail, he followed the guidelines to ensure minimum risk to others & suitable care could be provided to his young child as required. Tweeted at 18:31
Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack Not on Twitter
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart Nothing so far
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden Nothing so far
International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan Key to helping break the chain of contagion has been to ask citizens to have as little interaction as possible with others. Dom Cummings took his family to a place of safety, maintaining social distancing, with family nearby in case, within the law. Durham Police agree. Tweeted at 19:29
Minister without portfolio Amanda Milling Dominic Cummings provided a very personal, honest and thorough explanation of events. He followed the guidelines while ensuring appropriate care was given to his young child. Time for us to move on and concentrate on all the work being done to beat the Coronavirus. Tweeted at 18:14
Chief Secretary Steve Barclay Nothing so far
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg Nothing so far
Lords Leader Baroness Evans Not on Twitter
Chief Whip Mark Spencer A full, frank, honest and open statement from Dominic Cummings. He acted as a father and husband, within the rules. He has had lots of mis information put out there about him. Time to move on and focus on solving this massive national challenge of Covid19 Tweeted at 16.59
Attorney General Suella Braverman Nothing so far

And here’s how those tweets worked out (as of 08:15 on Tues 26 May):

About wonkypolicywonk

Wonkypolicywonk is a policy minion, assigned wonky at birth, who has been lucky enough to work for two of the very best MPs in the House of Commons, and before that at Maternity Action, Working Families, Citizens Advice, the National Audit Office, the Law Society, and Amnesty International UK. Oh, and at McDonald's.
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