The politicians defending Cummings are the same ones who told you the NHS was getting another £350m a week. The same ones who told you if you voted to remain you’d have a Turkish family wanting to sleep on your sofa. The same guys who promised the easiest trade deal in history and that WTO rules would be fine and that, anyway, we’d be staying in the single market. The same crew that promised to protect food and welfare standards in a new UK agriculture bill before voting against the amendment to protect those standards just eleven days ago.
Meanwhile, this parcel of rogues is being nominally led – I say nominally, the de facto Prime Minister is actually Dominic Cummings – by a guy who lied to his partner, lied to the head of state over the reasons for proroguing parliament and got sacked as a journalist – twice – for making stuff up.
Blatant dishonesty has long been the new normal for this administration, and in that appalling context the Cummings scandal is just another piece of depressing mendacity from an amoral government that has long since lost its moral compass, if indeed it ever had one. In this bouroch of falsehoods and fake news, the Cummings story barely registers with them, which is why he’ll probably survive. You can’t lose credibility when you’d long since not owned any. There’s no point in even saying “lying Tories”. It’s a tautology. It’s what they do. Lying is their modus operandi.
They’ll no doubt pull some “dead cat” story out of a drawer tomorrow to distract us from Cummings. The dogs will bark and the caravan will move on. Scotland’s continuing presence in this sewer makes us complicit. It’s impossible for us to have influence whatsoever, and there’s a compelling argument that, when this is over, we should never, ever, return. Whether Cummings stays or goes in a sense changes nothing. Whether Scotland wishes to continue as part of this gruesome charade is a much more pressing and interesting question.
Stay safe everybody. I’ll meet you further on up the road.