Bishop: ‘Sack Cummings, or the Church of England will no longer work with Government’

May 25, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

A number of Bishops have rounded on the Prime Minister for not sacking his senior advisor Dominic Cummings, following revelations that he drove from London to Durham during lockdown to arrange childcare for his four-year-old son, Alexander. It was deemed necessary, he argued, because his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, was already ill with the coronavirus, and he suspected that he might also succumb. He didn’t visit his parents, as some newspapers have reported: the childcare was arranged with his sister.

It is further alleged that he travelled to Barnard Castle on a subsequent date, but this has been robustly denied. Whatever the truth of this episode, there is a chorus of demands for Dominic Cummings to resign or be sacked – despite the guidance of the time and the law (6.2i) both permitting lockdown exemptions to arrange childcare – and the cries are coming from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Tory backbenchers, and a veritable psalter of CofE bishops:

[…]  And, of course, the Bishop of Manchester, who has given the Prime Minister an ultimatum: sack Cummings, or there won’t be sufficient trust for the Church of England to work with the Government on the pandemic.

What does “not work together with [the Government]” actually mean in this context?

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Read also: Bishops turn on Boris Johnson for defending Dominic Cummings by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

The indignation of cowardly bishops over Cummings is bizarre by Ross Clark, Telegraph

The grotesque interventions of the anti-Cummings bishops by Douglas Murray, Spectator (£)

Bishops bashing Cummings show Church of England is more concerned with pandering to liberals than preaching to its flock by Guy Birchall, RT

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