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So Boris Johnson was cycling 7 miles from Downing Street? It’s not far enough

So Boris Johnson was cycling 7 miles from Downing Street? It's not far enough

Lockdown day number what-does-it-even-matter-any-more, and what’s the general picture? The police are coming under criticism for acting overzealously in enforcing the coronavirus restrictions – but…

Tuesday, Jan 12

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Lockdown day number what-does-it-even-matter-any-more, and what’s the general picture? The police are coming under criticism for acting overzealously in enforcing the coronavirus restrictions – but I urge people to embrace the proactivity and harness it creatively. If you’re a woman being stalked, why not tell the cops you’ve seen the guy having a cup of coffee on a moor? It could finally spark their interest.

Meanwhile, some people are exasperated that Boris Johnson was seen seven miles away from Downing Street on Sunday – and I agree. It’s much too close. Ideally, I would like him to be one ocean, two deserts and seven miles (of solid lead) away from any seat of power.

According to Downing Street, the prime minister bicycled to the Olympic park with his security detail on Sunday. It is thought he went for exercise, and not because it’s his happy place, dating back to the 2012 Games when he was London mayor. Success, public euphoria, couple of after-hours knee-tremblers round the back of the handball court … Good times.

Back in the dystopian present, I’m afraid I can’t get worked up about the distance he biked – though at a time when many are vocally confused about the rules, he might have glommed on that being spotted out of his area was going to be viewed as licence to bend the rules by people looking for a licence.

For me, the most telling part of the story was that the prime minister was so “concerned” by how many […]

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