Bishop of Norwich joins critics of Prime Minister
The Bishop of Norwich has added his voice to those of a number of Church of England bishops who have strongly criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s response following the controversial actions of his special advisor Dominic Cummings in seemingly breaking lockdown regulations.
Despite widespread condemnation by the public and the media, the Prime Minister said that Cummings had "acted responsibly, legally and with integrity" by driving 260 miles to County Durham to isolate due to childcare concerns and a subsequent 30-mile drive to Barnard Castle.
Bishop Graham Usher (pictured above) said: “The British public have responded with immense fortitude and personal sacrifice by following Government advice. I’m deeply frustrated that the trust and solidarity of recent weeks has been undermined by the Prime Minister’s response this weekend.
“This will have very serious and dangerous implications as we move forward. Our clear aim must be to continue to halt the spread of Covid-19 and stop any more numbers being added to the already horrendous death toll.”
Bishop Graham also shared a tweet from Mr Johnson in April (pictured right) which had said: “Don’t break the rules. If you do, it won’t just impact you. If one person breaks the rules we will all suffer. #StayHomeSaveLives.”
Bishop Graham added the word “indeed” as he shared the tweet.