25 of the best Twitter responses to THAT Dominic Cummings Durham trip
He really dared to take the trip we’re all desperate to
This week, senior adviser to Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings has incensed the nation after it emerged he was spotted in Durham at the end of March, at the height of the Government’s lockdown restrictions. He is said to have taken the 260 mile journey from London to visit his parents’ County Durham estate.
Joke though we may about whether he had gone there to visit Klute, or perhaps check up on the Billy B now that we’re all gone, the move has been heavily criticised for its hypocrisy. Many have pointed out that the general public, in adhering to guidelines, have missed out on important moments with their family, and that Cummings should be punished, even dismissed from his job, for seemingly flouting the rules in order to visit his.
Things didn’t get much better this afternoon, when Boris Johnson chose to defend Cummings, for following his “instincts” and doing what was best for his family.
Once we throw in a rogue (and now deleted) Tweet from the UK Civil Service about a certain set of “truth twisters”, it is clear that the Internet is airing its frustrations at Cummings in one of the best ways it knows how: passive aggressive Tweets designed to absolutely roast him.
We rounded up 25 of the best Twitter responses to the Cummings situation, just to provide a little more Durham content to fill the gaping uni hole in our lives right now. Enjoy.
1. Too soon?
Hearing rumours that Dominic Cummings only travelled to see family in Durham because he'd been rejected by his family in Oxford and Cambridge
— James (@jrawson) May 23, 2020
And of course, this revelation which emerged in the responses. Classic Durham Union.
LOVE. When I participated in a debate at @Durham_Uni Union a few years back, I remember seeing that an upcoming debate was 'This House Never Wanted To Go To Oxford Or Cambridge Anyway' 😂
— Cindy Gallop (@cindygallop) May 23, 2020
2. This acknowledgement of the oh-so-beautiful Durham architecture
“We were simply keen to visit Durham, with its famous castle and cathedral which has a 66m spire” pic.twitter.com/7UHBslbOOt
— Andrew McQuillan (@ajmcq1993) May 23, 2020
3. Near, far, wherever you, Mr Dominic Cummings, are…
Dominic Cummings blags his way onto a lifeboat: “I HAVE A CHILD” pic.twitter.com/zyISKegfnx
— Robin Flavell (@RobinFlavell) May 23, 2020
4. I mean, yeah, obviously
I'm not allowed to see my mum so I'm going to visit Dominic Cummings parents in Durham instead.
Apparently that's fine
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) May 24, 2020
5. Nothing to see here x
Government: Dominic Cummings only went to Durham once.
The media: pic.twitter.com/jJYoEvOOpB
— shane reaction (@shane_reaction_) May 23, 2020
6. Essentials only!
The Government: You should not be going on unnecessary long journeys
Dominic Cummings: pic.twitter.com/eLhGy8qhyQ
— Jim Bell (@JimMinusWilson) May 23, 2020
7. DA DA DA DA! (DA DA DA DA!)
I would walk 264 miles
Cummings x The Proclaimers pic.twitter.com/A7SInhgpmX
— Ben McGowan (@BenMcGowan_) May 22, 2020
8. I heard it on the Coronavirus Daily Briefing and then again in a message my Mum’s friend forwarded on WhatsApp, so it MUST be true
I don’t know why everyone on here is being so critical. They definitely said if you had coronavirus you should visit your elderly parents. I remember it
— John Stevens (@johnestevens) May 22, 2020
9. Isn’t it funny how things work out?
today’s had it all but my highlight has been dominic cummings leaving his house with a finding nemo ball, a film all about a stupid cunt who endangers his family, friends and neighbours by breaking simple rules and travelling long distances not once but twice pic.twitter.com/dAmXr4ur6e
— harry moore (@Harry_Moore_) May 23, 2020
10. I’ll be back in five minutes xx
Live scenes as Dominic Cummings pops out for his morning paper: pic.twitter.com/QFu6cN8ifl
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) May 24, 2020
11. When lockdown ends, I will be the moth, and the lamp will be a Wiff Waff Monday
— 🙋🏼♀️➡️🏠 k a t i e 👏🧼👍 (@supermathskid) May 24, 2020
12. I’m pretty sure this is what people mean when they advise we wear masks to protect ourselves. Like, 99% certain.
— Kenny Arnold (@kennyarnold1997) May 23, 2020
13. Quick! I think they’re onto us! Oh god. Just say anything.
“Self isolate at home” oh fuck he went to Durham “ok new rule you can go two hundred and fifty miles away and isolate there if you love your family and have coronavirus” oh fuck he went sightseeing “you.. you can’t go to Durham without taking in the tourist hotspots”
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 23, 2020
14. After THAT Tweet from the UK Civil Service.
the civil service social media manager pic.twitter.com/ohMH94rDmp
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) May 24, 2020
15. This is what Boris meant in his update last week, right? DH1, here I come…
Stay alert, control the virus, conga to Durham
— Greg James (@gregjames) May 23, 2020
16. Yep, this diagram proves it.
Wins the internet! https://t.co/ooIPD6p9Wk
— How deep is this shit? (@SpiderDijon) May 24, 2020
17. We have the worst nightclub in Durham, we don’t really need the added publicity. But ok sure, we’ll take it.
I will not judge the Durham Tourist Board for using this to their advantage.
"Durham – you'd kill to get here"
"Durham – it's not technically illegal"
"Durham – a quick drive from London without traffic"
"Durham – so many Cummings!"
"Durham – to show your kids you care."
— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) May 24, 2020
18. Great concert. Can’t wait for the next album to come out.
— Roger Carter (@speccy2) May 23, 2020
19. Hi! Just stopping by! And I’ve brought you guys a gift! I’m showing symptoms, would you like them too?
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 22, 2020
20. Naughty naughty x
“Have you broken lockdown?” pic.twitter.com/EEf0JIZq14
— Rhys (@rhysrmann) May 23, 2020
21. Wow, the north? You’re just like a Durham student on their gap yah really, Cummings, aren’t you?
— Maguire Comedy Moments (@MaguireMoments) May 24, 2020
22. Act casual, nothing to see here…
CCHQ advising Boris Johnson on the Dominic Cummings situation pic.twitter.com/zTmpJ9clRb
— Josh Berry (@JoshBerryComedy) May 23, 2020
“he followed the instincts of every father” says the man who has permanently socially distanced himself from an unclear number of children
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) May 24, 2020
24. Thanks Durham Constabulary x
Clap for Durham Police
— kath 🙀😷❄️🇪🇺🇪🇸 (@KathyBurke) May 24, 2020
25. And finally, I feel you, Jack, I feel you…
even Dominic Cummings is doing anything he can to get back to Durham imagine how I feel
— Jack Edwards (@jackbenedwards) May 23, 2020