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Boy George is struggling to grasp why a Tory minister has resigned over Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Durham

Nick Duffy May 26, 2020
Dominic Cummings: Boy George doesn't get why a Tory minister resigned

The singer Boy George, who was jailed in 2009 for imprisoning a male escort (Brian Rasic/WireImage)

A Tory minister has quit due to the row over Dominic Cummings and, apparently, it’s all a bit much for Boy George.

Junior government minister Douglas Ross became the first to resign over the row on Tuesday, one day after Cummings gave a press conference attempting to explain why he broke lockdown to travel to Durham while infectious with suspected coronavirus.

The under-secretary of state for Scotland said: “I haven’t commented publicly on the situation with Dominic Cummings as I have waited to hear the full details.

“I welcome the statement to clarify matters, but there remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with. As a result I have resigned as a government minister.”

Boy George is upset a minister resigned.

Ross’s decision to quit apparently enraged Boy George, who tweeted: “How is your resigning going to help the country?”

Asked how an MP remaining in government would help, Boy George added: “Another unemployed person, with a family, a child? Please do the math.”

Ross has resigned as a government minister but not as an MP, meaning he is not unemployed.

The singer continued: “You get to be right or left? Fabulous! Also, this is not a conversation. This is just everyone adding to the noise!”

The singer Boy George, who was jailed in 2009 for imprisoning a male escort
The singer Boy George, who was jailed in 2009 for imprisoning a male escort (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation)

Boy George, who was jailed in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a male escort, added: “Media got to find a story, drag it out, keep the public enraged. I’m a man who knows!”

Government minister explains why he resigned over Dominic Cummings.

In his resignation letter, Douglas Ross said: “I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government.

“I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right.

“This is not a decision I have reached quickly. I have waited to hear all of the information and thought long and hard over this. I realise both the immediate and long-term implications of my decision to resign from government.

“While it has been a great privilege to serve as a Minister, my first duty is to be a representative and I feel I can best represent my Moray constituents and many across the country who have expressed their feelings about this by resigning as a minister.”

More: boy george, coronado, Coronavirus, Coronavirus lockdown, dominic cummings, Durham, Tory

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