The British public is quickly turning on Boris Johnson as the UK prime minister refuses to sack chief adviser Dominic Cummings for breaking the coronavirus lockdown during a 260-mile trip from London to Durham.
“This is the most consistently one-sided political topic I have ever ran a poll on. I expected nuance, there was no nuanced,” James Johnson from JL Partners said.
“Public completely united in their views.”
Prime Minister Johnson is refusing to sack Cummings, his most senior and trusted adviser. Senior ministers in his Cabinet have spent the last few days defending Cummings in at times bruising media interviews.
39 Conservative Members of Parliament had publicly called on Cummings to resign as of Wednesday morning.
This list includes senior MPs like former chief whip Mark Harper, committee chair Damian Collins, ex-immigration minister Caroline Nokes, and as Business Insider revealed, former government minister Stephen Hammond.
Douglas Ross on Tuesday dramatically resigned as a Scotland minister in Johnson’s goverment, saying: “I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the Government.
“I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the government was right.”
Johnson will face more scrutiny on Wednesday afternoon when he makes his first appearance before the Liaison Committee of some of Parliament’s most senior MPs.
The super committee, made up of chairs of the other House of Commons committee, is set to grill the prime minister on the Cummings affair, as well as the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK.