JK Rowling has slammed Dominic Cummings for driving across the country during lockdown, despite government advice to ‘stay home’.
The Harry Potter author has called out the senior governmental advisor’s “indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness” on Twitter
Cummings has been widely criticised for travelling more than 250 miles from his London home to his parents’ house in Durham, despite the government urging Brits to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.
Downing Street has backed him, saying the trip was “essential” as Cummings needed to find urgent care for his children while his wife had coronavirus and he thought he would become ill.
But the decision has faced a huge backlash on Twitter, including from Rowling.
She tweeted: “People have missed funerals of loved ones because of lockdown.
“Many have had to look after their own young children while ill.
“One of the architects of the rules keeping those people housebound drove across the UK, knowing he had the virus.
“Indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness.”
There have been repeated calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sack Cummings, his closest aide.
But Downing Street said Cummings believed he “behaved reasonably and legally”.
The spokesman said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.
“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed.
“His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.
“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.
“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.
“Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”