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Ahead of Dominic Cummings’ public statement this afternoon, a number of people on Twitter are flagging the government’s Code of Conduct for Special Advisers which states they must not take “public part in political controversy”.
Point 14 states:
Special advisers must not take public part in political controversy, through any form of statement whether in speeches or letters to the press, or in books, social media, articles or leaflets.
They must observe discretion and express comment with moderation, avoiding personal attacks, and would not normally speak in public for their Minister or the Department.
Nicola Sturgeon said many people would have been left “angry and frustrated by stories you have heard”, after Dominic Cummings, the PM’s senior aide, travelled across the country during the lockdown.
While she conceded people may be wondering “why bother” to follow the rules, the first minister told Scots:
As far as I am concerned the restrictions and rules we put in place really matter.
It is vital that all of us stick to the rules, and not just because people like me tell you to or ask you to. The reason we ask you to stick to these rules is because they help to protect you and your loved ones, they help us protect our National Health Service and they do help us to save lives.