In case you missed it, Dominic Cummings is getting reamed right now for his antics of driving with his family to Durham during lockdown, and nipping to Barnard Castle - 30 miles away - before driving them back to London, on a round trip made with the explicit purpose of testing his eyesight. Whilst exhibiting coronavirus symptoms along with his wife.
The Prime Minister's chief adviser addressed the furore his 260-mile jaunt whipped up with a bunch of excuses that boiled down to the same reasoning that everyone else who has broken lockdown has used - which is ignoring the rules because they think their personal circumstances makes them exempt and believing that subsequent actions are justified. But they're still getting fined or punished for it. As you'd expect, the public is pretty pissed off with Cummings, and is even more livid since the Prime Minister backed his actions, but we're British; forget the pitchforks – it's scathing sarcasm and mockery that Cummings had better watch out for.
Barnard Castle's Tripadvisor page was inundated with enough fake reviews poking fun at Cummings' sightseeing trip that it removed all the funny ones and now displays the following message:
"Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing. If you’ve had a firsthand experience at this property, please check back soon - we’re looking forward to receiving your review!"
Boooooo! Luckily The Independent managed to grab a few before they disappeared, including this little gem:
The reviews were also captured on Twitter, where merciless ribbing has also been taking place. So enjoy the comings-and-goings of Cummings:
— Scouseweegian (@scouseweegian) May 25, 2020
“I regret nothing! My vision is impaired! I cannot see! Drive to Barnard Castle! Barnard Castle! My vision is impaired! I regret nothing!” pic.twitter.com/4iWQE7Czzz
— Nicholas Pegg (@NicholasPegg) May 26, 2020
— Bryce Wilcock (@BryceWilcock) May 25, 2020
— . (@SGPIIXX) May 26, 2020
Wonderful scenes over at Barnard Castle’s TripAdvisor page pic.twitter.com/CycP16k27Q
— Raya (@rayaijn) May 25, 2020
— (@hannahsophia__) May 25, 2020
Welcome to Barnard Castle pic.twitter.com/0eSuJbRQLJ
— January Hahnsen (@richdunleave) May 25, 2020
— Old Teesdale (@CameronMajere) May 25, 2020
Recent reviews of Barnard Castle are great pic.twitter.com/GNNPaomyIH
— lost boi haz (@Harry14073) May 25, 2020