Investigate Dom’s trips

Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done – so the allegations that Dominic Cummings made a second trip to County Durham should be thoroughly investigated by the police.

The complaint to the Independent Office for Police Conduct against Durham constabulary, by a couple who are convinced they saw the PM’s adviser on another lockdown-breaking visit, surely requires action.

Getting to the bottom of this matters hugely. The Prime Minister gave Cummings a free pass on the first excursion, generating massive outrage as people rightly complained they were ordered to follow the rules while Johnson defended one of his own inner circle.

So we urge Durham to launch an inquiry and for Cummings publish any evidence to the contrary. Could all the witnesses be conceivably wrong in what would be repeated cases of mistaken identity?

Trust matters immensely in politics and No 10 has corrupted public life too often by playing fast and loose with the truth.

Boris Johnson came under fire for defending Mr Cummings

In fantasy land

Britain will never have a truly “world-beating” virus test and trace system as long as Boris Johnson pretends a current failing operation is already world-beating.

The Prime Minister’s fantasy, preferring his own woeful propaganda to reality, is fatal for the country when lives will be lost because of the Government’s unforgivable incompetence.

If he admitted mistakes, improvements might be possible. As long as Johnson lives in his own world of make-believe, we will never develop a virus-beating test and trace system.

More support

Every parent will understand the heartbreak of Caroline Flack’s mother, Christine, at the loss of her daughter.

Hard lessons must be learned from the handling of this case because, at the very least, the vulnerable people under police investigation and facing criminal charges deserve more support to help avoid suicides.