Prime Minister Boris Johnson didn’t present additional particulars on the £1 billion widening of the A66 throughout the Pennines in Northern England on the 10 Downing Street coronavirus briefing on May 24. Nor did he elaborate on one other of yesterday’s bulletins by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who revealed that the U.Okay. can be following France in offering £50 bicycle restore vouchers to residents.
Those two important omissions may kind a part of the reason for a heartfelt, career-ending, short-lived tweet despatched out from the official U.Okay. Civil Service Twitter feed.
The tweet—which rapidly went viral—was posted shortly after the top of the widely-derided briefing by the Prime Minister, who backed his chief advisor Dominic Cummings for having good “instincts” in breaking each lockdown and quarantine throughout a 260-mile drive from London to the North East England cathedral metropolis of Durham.
The message—“Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?”—was eliminated inside about 10 minutes of first showing, however not earlier than it had been “liked” by greater than 30,000 Twitter customers. It has been archived for posterity, and to go off claims it was “Photoshopped.”
During the briefing the Prime Minister was requested about proof that Cummings had been seen within the County Durham city of Barnard Castle through the top of the lockdown, which might be a transparent breach of the federal government’s pointers, pointers partly developed by Cummings who has contributed to the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) coronavirus disaster conferences.
Johnson didn’t present a solution to the query.
Barnard Castle is located on the A67, near the A66, and any enchancment to this cross-Pennine route would little doubt support a lockdown-breaking journey in any future killer pandemic.
The widening of the A66 has been promised by quite a few governments for the reason that 1970s.
The U.Okay.’s Civil Service—staffers who perform the day-to-day work of the federal government and who stay in place when governments change—has 256,000 Twitter followers and now most likely one much less member of workers.
“An unauthorised tweet was posted on a government channel this evening,” stated the U.Okay. authorities’s Cabinet Office Twitter account. (The Cabinet Office is the federal government division accountable for supporting the Prime Minister and ministers in his top-table staff.)
“The post has been removed and we are investigating the matter,” continued the account, which was met with anger, re-postings of the “unauthorised tweet” and mockery. “The official Civil Service account was only following its instincts,” snarked journalist Michael Deacon.