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1. Pointed out the wording of the guidance/law which said
that people with children in special circumstances could
use their judgement and ignore the rule.
The best Dominic could find was an off the cuff reply to a
question raised at the Daily Briefing in which Jenny
"Clearly if you have adults who are unable to look
after a small child, that is an exceptional
"And if the individuals do not have access to care
support - formal care support - or to family, they will
be able to work through their local authority hubs."
RH That does not change the position of Cummings because
the prior rule is simply to take what action is reasonably
necessary. If the child is autistic or has some other
personality disorder the getting the child to grandparents
or other members of a family to child knew it would be
reasonable to do just that. RH
Do we know that Dominic's child genuinely falls into such a
category and what the degree of severity is of any such
condition? Or is it just an uncorrorated rumour?
Vulnerable children such as those with autism have been
granted special status at school and with the local
authority. During Covid, schools should be open to permit
only them to attend. Did Cummings' Durham visit take his son
away from school?
I do not know what the problem is with the Cummings child, but
having put the "my child has special problems" into play
Cummings needed to play it to its uttermost, ie, say clearly
what the child's problem is.
As an aside, defining children as "special needs" is getting
out of hand. Some have serious conditions but others are
Schools get more money for special needs pupils and parents
like the extra resources spend on them. This has encouraged
"special needs" to now cover a socking 11.9% of the school
population in England. However far fewer at 3% have an
education plan for their disability.
Anyway back to Cummings. If his son genuinely had special
needs then why wasn't he being cared for during the day by the
Would any parent think it was a good idea to put their child
with strangers ? RH
You mean school teachers?
At the age of four?
Nursery schools have teachers. What else do you call them?
Child care providers. RH
"Nursery school teachers teach children between the ages of three and
The point being these adults are strangers when first encountered and
unlikely to cause a child stress or trauma. The same goes for anyone
looking after DC's son if both parents were in hospital.
This whole discussion seems a bit superfluous. The issue Cummings raised
about safety at his london home is that it's location has been made
widely known and is the target of protesters.
Happens a lot: I almost got to know Corbyn or Jeremy Hunt's house from tv
Yes, and didn’t Cummings walk on a very roundabout route to his home?
That was the day he was confronted by a bunch of rent-a-mobs shouting abuse.
How did they know he was going to take the 'scenic route’ to his house,
unless he tipped them off in advance?
How simple is it to arrange a group of your own acquaintances to jump about
in front of you, somewhere around a corner away from anyone who might
recognise them, and then use that excuse to control the official media?
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He also says that the protests are in part due to false claims that he
attempted to implement a herd immunity only policy for the Covid-19
outbreak. Who on earth would spread false claims like that?
If I was instrumental in advocating a policy which would see tens of
thousands dead, I too would call any reports about it false.
The ‘false’ claims were spread due his saying just that (herd immunity)
at a meeting in February. When Robert Peston subsequently appeared on ITV
with those same ‘false’ quotations, which he also repeated in the
Spectator in March, no one from the government jumped up to take legal
action. For the government to deny it ever happened is just another in their
verbal diarrhoea of lies coming from Downing Street.
Peston was briefed by someone high up in government because he doesn’t get
his info from the tea-lady, and this is Peston's article -
"The key phrase we all need to understand is 'herd immunity' – which is
what happens to a group of people or animals when they develop sufficient
antibodies to be resistant to a disease.
The strategy of the British government in minimising the impact of Covid-19
(https://www.itv.com/news/topic/coronavirus/) is to allow the virus to pass
through the entire population so that we acquire herd immunity, but at a much
delayed speed so that those who suffer the most acute symptoms are able to
receive the medical support they need, and such that the health service is
not overwhelmed and crushed by the sheer number of cases it has to treat at
any one time.
The government’s experts – the chief medical officer and the chief
scientific advisor – have made two big judgements.
First, as the World Health Organisation on Wednesday in effect conceded
world-health-organisation/), that there is no way now of preventing the virus
sweeping across Africa, Asia and the Americas – which in practice means
that it will be an ever-present threat to the UK, unless and until a mass
vaccine is available for use.
Second, the kind of coercive measures employed by China in Wuhan and Hubei
have simply locked the virus behind the closed doors of people’s homes.
And just as soon as the constraints on freedom of movement are lifted there,
the monstrous virus will rear its hideous face again.
What are the consequences for the UK of these judgements, which the Prime
Minister and Health Secretary are accepting?
We will know the detail later on Thursday, after the Cobra meeting of
ministers and experts make the formal decision to move from the phase of
containing the virus to delaying the inevitable epidemic
But we already know that at the heart of their plans are increasing the
proportion of the population able to be tested and also what’s known as
In the first instance, this will mean encouraging anyone showing even the
mild symptoms – such as a dry cough – to self-isolate at home.
But what it does not mean, at least yet, is school closures or the banning of
mass events like football matches.
There are a few reasons why school closures are not regarded as sensible, not
least that children themselves are the least at risk from the virus –
although they may well be an important channel of infection-transmission to
older people who are at risk.
However, the government’s main argument against closing schools is it would
– at a stroke – massively deplete the manpower of hospitals and care
homes, because vast numbers of medical staff would be forced to stay home to
look after their children.
And at the heart of the UK’s challenge – as confirmed on Wednesday in the
Budget with its extra £5 billion for the NHS
potholes/), as a down payment on the needed extra beds and relevant kit –
is how to make sure hospitals have the resources to treat the expected surge
in those needing urgent attention.
For what it’s worth, ministers are looking with grim bemusement at the
debate in football’s governing bodies about banning the public from stadia.
They fear this fuels alarmism and do not think playing matches behind closed
doors is necessary at this stage.
Far more sensible, they believe, is for all of us to become much more wary
about physical contact with everyone in our day-to-day lives – whether
travelling to work, at work, or at the shops.
And many more of us should take the opportunity to work at home, perhaps all
the time, if we possibly can.
To get through this, we all need to become less tactile, more cautious in our
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And, as the WHO’s Margaret Harris said on my show last night, these social
and cultural changes may have to become permanent.
Robert Peston is ITV's Political Editor. This article originally appeared on
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