The Mirror say.
The PM had been urged to sack Mr Cummings after reports surfaced that the 48-year-old made a second trip to County Durham, where his family lives, despite stringent social restrictions being in place.
Mr Johnson pledged his "full support" on Saturday to his under-fire chief adviser, who it emerged had travelled 260 miles to the North East in March to self-isolate with his family while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys.But, speaking at the Downing Street press briefing on Sunday, the PM firmly stood by his senior aide and said his advisor had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”.He said Cummings “followed the instincts of every father” when travelling to his parents' home in Durham.The Conservative leader faced serious questions from the media after his address, with viewers also taking to social media to vent their dissatisfaction with his comments.And Piers Morgan was just one of them. He wrote on Twitter:
"That was a f*cking disgrace. The rules were crystal clear and people missed weddings, births, deaths and funerals to respect them."For @BorisJohnson to stand there & bare-faced lie to save his lying hypocrite aide is a slap in the face to everyone who obeyed the rules HE enforced."
I still think Piers Morgan is a prat and his stance is probably more about his own ego rather than actual concern.
Nevertheless the failure of other media commentators to respond in the same way speaks volumes and I am beginning to wonder whether the UK Government are looking to the Cummings story as a test case to see what the Public will put up with in order to end the lockdown restrictions earlier than is responsible and how they will react if cases rise again and there are calls for reintroducing lockdown.
Indeed I wonder if a too early end to lockdown will see a possible second wave and rather see returning to the lockdown restrictions see the government settle for a form of the "herd immunity" that Johnson and Cummings wanted the reponse to be in the first place