Dominic Cummings can rest easy. Coulsdon councillor Mario Creatura reckons he did no wrong.
Creatura, who worked in Downing Street as Theresa Mayhem’s Twitter monitor, must now surely be ranked as only the second-worst government special adviser in the history of mankind.
Cummings, the Prime Minister’s controversial chief of staff, has become a figure of ridicule and public distrust over his irrational and provably false account that sought to excuse his breaking of the the strict rules for the pandemic lockdown in order to drive 260 miles to Durham, and then by taking his car on a 60-mile round-trip to a tourist spot on his wife’s birthday to “test his eyesight”.
But Tory councillor Creatura has decided to announce to anyone who might be interested that, as far as he is concerned, “Based on his detailed statement it’s clear Dominic Cummings acted reasonably.”
Unlike Creatura, a Daily Mail front-page headline this week was: “What planet are you on?”, while the Daily Star, another newspaper not noted for its rampant criticism of the Tories, today led with a story that confirmed that it is illegal to drive, under any circumstances, when you can’t see. Especially so if you have a four-year-old child in the back.
The Star even offered their readers a special, cut-out-and-keep Dominic Cummings “do whatever the hell you want and sod everybody else” mask.
Public opinion polls show Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval ratings have fallen by 9 per cent in a week – a record-breaking drop.
But the gullible Creatura is convinced that Cummings, the architect of the successful Vote Leave campaign, did no wrong.
“He sought out medical advice and followed the rules – something many of the journalists at his statement accepted,” Creatura tweeted, attributing views to journalists which appear to fly in the face of any reality.
It seems that Creatura may still be on some Downing Street Tory WhatsApp groups, because he appears to have cut-and-pasted the party line that those in Johnson’s inner circle were keen to push out after the car-crash announcement by Cummings from the garden of No10 on Monday.
“It’s time for us to all move on,” the Tory loyalist duly tweeted.
Not everyone seems to agree, however. For more than 30 Conservative MPs, Cummings’ statement on Monday just made an already bad situation worse, and they have called for Cummings to be sacked. One junior government minister resigned.
And yesterday, Elliot Colburn, the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, changed his position when he wrote to Johnson “to urge you to ask for Dominic Cummings’ resignation, or to remove him from Government directly”.
Colburn gave as a reason for his letter that he has “received more emails on this than on any other issue since being elected – many hundreds of messages from concerned residents – and I join them in that view”.
Like Colburn, Creatura was a Conservative candidate in the General Election last December (standing in Croydon Central).
Unlike Colburn, Creatura lost.
With such contempt for the public and their opinion as he has shown this week, it is obvious why.
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