PCC says Cummings has ‘undermined’ the police’s ability to enforce lockdown
West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson says the ability of the police to enforce the lockdown has been “undermined” by the actions of the Government’s special adviser Dominic Cummings.
Mr Jamieson told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One programme that people are telling officers that “if it is okay for Cummings, it is okay for us” and “it looks like there is one rule for us and another rule for the people in No 10 Downing Street”.
He added: “If the rules are flexible, and people seem to have interpreted them who are at the heart of government, then it is almost impossible then for police officers to be able to carry out their job effectively.
“What the police are now saying to me is they are getting quite a push back, not just from some of the younger people who previously were saying ‘why can’t I play football’; ‘why can’t I go out in the streets?’. They’re getting push backs from other generations of people as well.
“Now that is a bad sign, showing that confidence in the rules, confidence in government and thereby the police’s ability to enforce it has been undermined very much in the last few days.”