Opinion: Lockdown cancel culture is a distraction - The Times

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By the beginning of May, our news feeds had been chock-a-block with virus graphs and lockdown misery for weeks. So when it emerged that top scientist Neil Ferguson had resigned as a government adviser after contravening the guidelines to spend time with his married lover, it was the scoop we all needed.

Since then the stream of stories outing some politician or other for breaching lockdown rules, presented as unmissable breaking news, has not ceased. Rosie Duffield, the Labour whip, went for a walk with her partner. Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething took his son to buy chips. Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely attended a barbecue and ate half a sausage. And, of course, Dominic Cummings went to Specsavers.

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