Not sure that a Labour party advisor doing the same thing would be as bad. They're not in charge, they're not the ones giving the guidelines to the population. Cummings is. One of the key underlying ideas of the lockdown was that people need to think of the greater good. Yes, you personally might be fine, but if you help to spread the virus among those more vulnerable, you can still cause a lot of harm. There were specific requests for people not to travel to second homes, AirBNBs, etc. in more rural areas, where the health service is adapted to the local community and can't cope with an influx of people from big cities looking to get away. Cummings was involved, directly or indirectly, in establishing those guidelines. I don't like the bloke's politics, but I do have every sympathy for his situation and his concerns about childcare. But I also have the same sympathy for thousands of others who were in similar situations, and did what they were asked to do. Stay at home. Save lives. Protect the NHS. What made his situation so much more special than theirs? The government's defence of him, claiming that you can't blame him for looking out for his family, is quite frankly insulting to all those who did as they were asked and stayed at home. "Hey you - worried about your child while you're ill and stuck at home self-isolating? Don't blame us, it's not our fault you don't care enough about your family to take them somewhere away from it all". As for the bit about driving to Bernard Castle, I'm sorry, but he's taking the piss there. He wasn't sure if his eyesight was up to driving so instead of, say, finding a half-empty car park or an industrial estate, he chose to go on a 60-odd mile round trip. To a popular tourist destination. With his wife and kid in the car with him. As excuses go, it's like getting caught by your wife with a copy of Playboy, and telling her that it's because there's a really interesting article on car engines you wanted to read. And no, I'm not talking from experience on that one If I lived in the UK I wouldn't be demonstrating or rioting and demanding his resignation, but I do think his position is untenable. He's undermined the whole message from the government of thinking of the greater good, all in it together, etc.