Dominic Cummings faces a slew of gags at Barnard Castle when he reveals he has had an eye emergency…

9 November 2023, 08:36

Dominic Cummings and his eye surgery, and on the right, the town of Barnard Castle

Dominic Cummings and his eye surgery, and on the right, the town of Barnard Castle.

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Dominic Cummings faced a barrage of jokes online after revealing he had to undergo eye surgery.

Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser said he was taken to Moorfields Eye Hospital after a routine appointment for a check-up.

He posted on Twitter: “I was going to blog on Sedwill Guides but after a routine appointment I was taken away in a taxi for emergency eye surgery, many thanks to the wonderful Moorfields staff who looked after me so kindly today.

“When the bandage comes off, I’ll need to test it… Suggestions welcome…”

During lockdown, Mr Cummings drove his family on a 52-mile round trip from Durham to Barnard Castle.

He later claimed that he made the trip to test his eyesight before making the 300-mile journey to London.

His post was met with a flood of gags and swipes.

One person simply commented: “The last sentence writes itself.”

Another said: Taxi? Surely you had to drive yourself?

A third asked: “Finally got an eye test!”

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Mr Cummings defended his “eye test” drive in a now-infamous press conference from No 10 Park.

He said at the time: “My wife was very worried, especially since my eyesight seemed to be affected by the disease.

“She didn’t want to risk nearly 300 miles with our baby considering how sick I was.

“We agreed we would go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely, we drove for about half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle.

“We did not visit the castle, nor did we walk around the city.”

Boris Johnson defended his actions at the time, but WhatsApp messages revealed his true reaction to the saga.

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In messages shared with the Covid inquiry, dated July 19, 2021, Johnson said: “Cummings is a complete and utter liar. He never told me he went to Durham during lockdown.

“I only found out when stories started to come out about Barnard Castle etc. I believed Mary Wakefield when she wrote an article in the spec giving the impression that they had been in London all along.

“He later claimed he told me but my mind was so clouded by Covid that I didn’t register.

“That’s not true, I would have noticed that.

“He never told me. Then I did my best to defend him.”

Cummings said Downing Street’s handling of the fallout from his trip to Barnard Castle was “an absolute car accident” and had “caused a lot of people pain”.

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