But this is why I can't understand why he went to Durham in the circumstances. The issue is that the rules that he was supposed to be following are ones that he has a direct responsibility for. And the general mood of the public does not swing in a direction which is understanding of Cummings' actions. In order to uphold the credibility of the government he needs to step aside. Lots of people are being selfless during this time and he would be expected to do the same. People have withheld themselves from travelling elsewhere for more support as they've thought it was against the rules, so it can't be allowed for the government just to brush over this.I dislike Cummings, but I can understand why he went to Durham in the circumstances and most of the anti-Cummings stuff is just emotional. People feel sure he could have found someone else to look after his child without actually knowing a thing about the situation. People go on about how he would have been unfit to drive when actually many people with the symptoms will be perfectly fit to do that. There's masses of exaggeration starting with the neighbour who's reported to have "got the shock of his life" when he saw Cummings in the next garden - he must have had a remarkably tranquil life up to that point. And it all happened nearly two months ago. It has very little bearing on whether the present restrictions are appropriate or should be relaxed or when. The main point is that as a prominent public figure and very close adviser to the government - though not on medical issues - he had an extra responsibility to follow the rules, and unfortunately he didn't. If he was spoken to by the police then he was treated in much the same way as many others who breached the rules. Of course other politicians and anyone else with an axe to grind will try to squeeze as much out of all this as they possibly can, but it will probably be just another storm in a teacup.