|Open Letter From Liberal Democrats To Council Leader|
Calls on Ravi Govindia to condemn Dominic Cummings' actions
Dear Cllr Govindia,
As you know, people across Wandsworth have suffered great hardship over the last couple of months as they themselves have adhered to the lockdown rules. Many have had childcare issues, others have been unable to travel for work, and heartbreakingly some have been unable to comfort dying relatives or attend funerals. Nonetheless they stuck to the rules even when this meant going against their basic, familial instincts.
We know from polling that the majority of people think that Dominic Cummings broke the rules. We agree. We cannot have one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else.
To say, as has been reported, that Cummings had “no alternative” is untrue. It is an insult to councils (including Wandsworth) and the volunteers both here and across the country that have worked to support those that are vulnerable and self-isolating.
If the Prime Minister continues to support his aide and furthermore to say he “acted responsibly, legally and with integrity” how can we expect our residents to continue to follow public health guidance? This muddled messaging is putting lives in danger.
As a Leader of a Conservative-led council, we urge you to join your colleagues and tell the Prime Minister that Cummings must go.
May 27, 2020